Meat Smoking Tips For Smoking Meat to Perfection

Here you'll find meat smoking tips, step-by-step tutorials, and general information about the world of smoker cooking. Explore the following pages...you just might find that nugget of wisdom that will take your meat smoking to the next level.


With These Meat Smoking Tips You'll Learn to Smoke Pork Shoulders, Among Other Types of Meat

Meat Smoker Temperature and Smoking Time Have a Close-Knit Relationship

Masterbuilt Timer Display

When you're cooking meat in your smoker, smoker temperature and smoking time are inversely proportional, meaning when one increases, the other decreases. Cook at a higher temperature and smoking time is shorter. At a lower smoker temperature, the time might seem to drag on forever!

The following articles give some insight into the time-temperature relationship, and helpful tips on finding the optimal cooking temperatures for a variety of meats.


Smoking Times For Meats

How long does it take to smoke a big ol' Boston butt to its ultimate state of perfection?

A smoked pork loin is a beautiful thing, but just how much time will it have to spend in the smoker?

The amount of time that  a whole turkey breast stays in the smoker depends on the temperature of the smoker.

Pork shoulders can be successfully cooked in a hot smoker, drastically reducing smoking time.

Brining Information

Brining Chicken
Salmon Brining Tips
How to Brine Chicken
Liquid Smoke In Brine Recipe
Making Chicken Brine
How to Make Turkey Brine
How Long to Brine Salmon

Fuels For Smokers

Charcoal Tips and Information
Lump Charcoal

General Information

Food Safety
Recipe Log
Smoker Cooking Secrets

How To Use Smokers

How to Use a Smoker
Gas Grill Smoking
Pitsmoker Fire
Using an Electric Smoker
Using a Little Chief Electric Smoker
Weber Grill Smoking
Build a Cold Smoker

Meat Smoker Maintenance

Cleaning My Smoker After Using
Porcelain Cooking Grates
Install a Grill or Smoker Thermometer

Meat Smoker Problems

Determining Fire Box Size In a Homemade Smoker
Masterbuilt Smokers
Metal Woodchip Box In an Electric Smoker
Royal Oak Electric Smoker
My Masterbuilt Smoker's Not Smoking
Water Pan in Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

Sauce and Marinade Information

Barbecue Sauce Styles
BBQ Marinades

Seasonings

All About Salt
Chili Powder Recipe
Where To Buy Morton Tender Quick

Smoker Manuals

Bradley Smoker Owner's Manual
Grill and Smoker User Manuals

Smoker Wood Information

Magnolia Wood For Smoking
Using Hickory Nut Husks For Smoking
Using Smoker Woodchips
Woods For Smoking

Smoking Accessories

Charcoal Chimney
Brining Containers

Smoking Beef

Grilling Roast Beef
How to Smoke a Tri Tip, Slow and Good
How to Smoke a Brisket
How to Season a Brisket
Smoking Chuck Roasts
Smoking Prime Rib
Trimming Brisket
Whole Beef Brisket
Wrapping Briskets In Foil

Smoking Chicken

Home Raised Chicken Tough As a Buzzard
How to Smoke Chicken Breasts
How to Smoke a Whole Chicken
Smoking Chicken Leg Quarters
Smoking Chicken Wings
Tough Smoked Chicken Skin
Preparing Whole Chicken Breasts For the Smoker

Smoking Pork

Cooking Pork Loin In an Electric Smoker
How to Smoke Pork
Pork Shoulder Picnic
Smoking Pork Shoulder
Preparing a Picnic Shoulder
Smoking Pork Picnics
Smoking Pork Tenderloins Fat Up or Down

Smoking Ribs

Beef Ribs
Beef Back Ribs
About Pork Spare Ribs
Preparing Ribs For The Smoker
Smoked Ribs Vacuum Sealed
Smoking Ribs When To Apply BBQ Sauce
Water or No Water In Pan When Smoking Ribs

Smoking Salmon

Buying Salmon For the Smoker
Cold Smoked Salmon Method
Hot Smoked Salmon Method
Silverbrite Salmon
How Long to Brine Salmon

Smoking Sausage

How to Smoke Bratwurst
Smoking Sausage How Long

Smoking Turkeys

Charcoal Grilled Turkey
Cooking a Turkey In a Gas Grill
Cooking a Turkey In an Electric Smoker
Grilling Turkey In a Weber Kettle
Smoked Turkey Page Links
More Turkey Smoking Tips
Reheating Previously Smoked Turkey
How to Smoke a Turkey
Smoking a Half Turkey
Smoking a Turkey In a Weber Smokey Mountain
Smoking Turkeys Whole vs Cut Up
Smoking Turkeys With a Water Pan
Turkey Smoking Tips
Turkey Breast In an Electric Smoker

Meat Smoking Times

Boneless Pork Loin Smoking Time
How Long to Smoke a Boston Butt
How Long to Smoke a Turkey Breast
Time for Smoking a Pork Shoulder

Meat Temperatures

Smoked Chicken Breast Temperature Stalling
Turkey Done Temperature
USDA Revised Pork Done Temperature
What Is The New Pork Done Temperature

  • My Favorite Woods for Smoking Different types of smoker woods create different flavors of smoke. Hickory, oak, cottonwood, mulberry and more are described on this page.

  • About Baby Back Ribs Learn the ins and outs of preparing and smoking this delectable cut of pork. I want my babyback, baby back, baby back ribs!

  • All About Pork Spare Ribs From trimming to seasoning to smoking, this page is full of information that will help you smoke some the the best tasting ribs ever.

  • About Pork Shoulder If you love pulled pork, check out this page before you start. Pork shoulder takes a l - o - n - g time to smoke to perfection! And it's worth every minute of the wait.

  • Keep a Recipe Log...Duplicate Perfection! Record all of the details of each cookout so you can improve your smoked and grilled food recipes to perfection, then be able to duplicate them on command. A must-read for serious pitmasters!

  • All About Beef Back Ribs This page tells you what to look for when buying beef back ribs, and how to prep and cook them.

  • How to Smoke Brisket Learn about choosing the right brisket, seasoning it, and smoking it low and slow to make it melt-in-your-mouth tender!

  • About Smoked Turkey Smoked turkey is a delicacy. This page gives the details on the entire process, including choosing, brining, and smoking your turkey.

  • Making Turkey Brine Here is the method that will get the most out of your brine ingredients and put them into your turkey.
  • Cold Smoked Salmon If you've dreamed of preparing your own cold smoked salmon, this page goes over the details of this process.

  • Hot Smoking Salmon A good introductory lesson that will give you the knowledge you need to hot smoke salmon.

  • Food Safety An important page with several links to good sources of food safety information

  • Smoker Cooking Secrets! You know enough to smoke a brisket and achieve a beautiful smoke ring. BUT do you know how to cook a brisket in the oven, and still be able to show off a nice smoke ring? Learn this secret and more....

  • Salmon Brining Tips Great information about how to brine salmon. Salt is salt, right? Wrong! You'll learn all about salt here, too.

  • Buying Salmon Nothing better than a good fillet of salmon in the smoker. But which species is best for smoking? What are the taste differences between the different varieties of salmon? Find out here.

  • Gas Grill Smoking If you have a gas grill, but not a smoker, my tutorial page gas grill smoking will be of interest to you.


Meat Smoker Tips and Info

For information about smoker cookers of all kinds, you'll find an overview at the meat smokers page.

Smoker cooking is a fun way to create great tasting foods. With some meats requiring all day to smoke, the meat smoker in the backyard becomes the gathering place, the center of social activities. Pale blue smoke, a cold drink, and the hot sun. That's what it's all about!


For more meat smoking tips and techniques, come back often and check for new additions. If you have a question about something and would like it included here, contact me.