Cook to TEMP not TIME

by Mark B on March 8, 2014

When I first started using a smoker one of my biggest questions was “How long should I smoke this brisket, turkey, butt, etc.?”.

It turns out that I was asking the wrong question.  I should have been asking what temperature should I smoke too?

To turn out consistently good BBQ you must cook to a temperature.

First, cooking to a temperature is first a matter of safety.  How many times have you pulled a burger or chicken off the grill and when you bite into it it is still bloody red inside?

Some min/ sample temps

And second, cooking to a temperature gives you the consistency you need to turn out good BBQ every time you cook.

When planning your cook time there are some rules of thumb you can use.

Brisket 1.5 hours/lb
Pork Butt

But every piece of meat will cook differently so be sure to leave some extra time in your schedule.

So if you’re not cooking by time what temps should you cook to?

Once again here are some rules of thumb…

Brisket 1.5 hours/lb
Pork Butt

But every person has their own preferred doneness for meat.  We suggest keeping a log and tracking you preference for your finished temps.

How do you measure temp?  Cheapie, thermapen, probe  put some pics

Be sure to insert your probe or thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.


Roadkill Turkey

January 17, 2013
Spatchcock Turkey

First of all… NO, the turkey I used was not picked up off the side of the road.  But after it had been spatchcocked and was laying there spread turkey (so to speak), the  flattened bird reminded me of roadkill. There was some leftover Alabama White BBQ Sauce in the fridge from a recent cook  and one […]

Read the full article →

Alabama White BBQ Sauce – ROLL TIDE!

January 8, 2013
White BBQ Sauce

Yesterday Alabama played Notre Dame for the NCAA BCS Football Championship and I had a couple buddies over for some Q and to watch the game.  Being that I was the only Alabama fan I had to cook up something appropriate to help even the odds back in my favor. For years I’ve heard about […]

Read the full article →