Time and Temperature

Smoking Times and Temperatures Infograph

Barbecuing and smoking foods are popular summer pastimes. It can, however, be tricky to remember the temperature at which something should be barbecued, how long it should cook, or when it is ready. Overdone and undercooked meat can spoil even the most entertaining party.

The following infograph provides the needed information to help you smoke your food properly. It provides all the information needed regarding times and temperatures. It is easiest to read from the outermost ring first.


Kind of food

The outermost ring simply has the name of the item. The items to be smoked include fish, chicken, pork, turkey, and beef. The second ring contains a picture of the item that shows how it looks when properly cooked.


Cooking temperature

The third ring lists the temperature or temperature range to be used when smoking the item. Knowing this information will help you make sure your food is cooked completely and safe to eat. Using wood chips for grilling will not only help maintain the desired temperature, it will also give the food a great smoky flavor.



The fourth ring lists the time needed to smoke a specific food. In some cases, the time required to thoroughly smoke something will depend on the item’s weight. For example, the sliced brisket calls for 1.5 hours of smoking per pound. Someone smoking four pounds of sliced brisket will therefore need to grill it for six hours.


That, by the way, is typical. Smoking meat takes time. Even a meatball with a diameter of two inches takes an hour to smoke. A whole turkey takes 6.5 hours to be at its tastiest. The hours spent smoking the meat will not only ensure that it is safe to eat, they will also allow the meat to thoroughly absorb the flavor from the smoke. Barbecue grills with lids are most useful in this endeavor.



Finish temperature

The fifth and final wheel lists the temperature that the finished product should have. In some cases, like the baby back ribs, there won’t be specific temperature listed. It will simply say “Tender,” which means you cook the meat until it is tender. In order to determine that a given meat has reached its “done” temperature, you will need a wireless meat thermometer. You will also need the thermometer to help keep your meat at its proper cooking temperature.



Spare ribs as an example

Let’s say you want to smoke spare ribs. You look for the name and picture of the spare ribs on the two outermost rings. The third circle tells you have to smoke the ribs at a temperature between 225 F° and 240 F°. The fourth circle says it takes six to seven hours to smoke the ribs, and the fifth says to cook them until they are tender.



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