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How Long Does it Take to Smoke Meat


Suggested Cooking Times for Smoking Meat

Smoking times vary based on the type of meat, weight, outside temperature and type of smoker, e.g. either gas, charcoal, or electric. The following cooking times are for common reference only. It's best to use a meat thermometer to determine when your meat is safely cooked. For safe to eat internal temperatures refer to How to Use a Smoker.

The times below are all approximate using a wood / charcoal smoker.


Pork/Beef Ribs

Full rack = 4 to 6 hours ( sometimes you can get by with 4 hours, but leaving the ribs smoke longer gives more flavor)


Beef Roasts, Beef Brisket, Venison

3 to 4 lb roast = 4 - 5 hours cooking time

Over 4 lbs = 1 hour per pound


Pork Roasts

3 to 4 lb roast = 5.5 to 6 hours cooking time

5 to 7 lb roast = 7.5 - 8.5 hours



6 to 8 breasts = 3.5 to 5 hours


Turkey Leg

1 leg = 4 hours


Fish Filets

1.5 to 2.5 hours (approx 6 oz each up to 6 filets)

Whole Fish (4 to 5 lbs) = 3 to 4.5 hours


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