Masterbuilt Smoker Cooking Times: A Handy Guide For Perfectly Cooked Bbq

Are you tired of overcooked or undercooked BBQ? Do you want to impress your friends and family with perfectly cooked meat every time? Look no further than the Masterbuilt smoker and our handy guide to cooking times.

With our guide, you can easily navigate the world of smoking temperatures and cook your favorite meats to perfection. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or a beginner, understanding smoking temperatures is essential for achieving the ideal texture and flavor for your meat.

Our guide covers everything from beef to poultry to seafood, as well as sides and vegetables, so you can become a BBQ master in no time. Plus, we’ve included tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Masterbuilt smoker and take your BBQ game to the next level.

So fire up that smoker and get ready to impress with perfectly cooked BBQ every time.

Understanding Smoking Temperatures

Ready to take your smoking game to the next level? Let’s dive into understanding smoking temperatures and how they can make or break your BBQ.

Smoking temperatures are critical as they determine how long your meat will take to cook and the final texture and flavor. Low and slow is the key to perfect BBQ, and this means cooking your meat at temperatures between 225°F to 250°F.

When smoking meat, it’s crucial to know the different temperature ranges for each type of meat. For instance, beef brisket requires a temperature of 225°F to 250°F and can take up to 15 hours to cook. On the other hand, pork butts require a temperature range of 225°F to 250°F and can take up to 14 hours to cook. Chicken, turkey, and fish require a higher temperature range of 250°F to 275°F and can take between 2 to 6 hours.

It’s also important to note that you need to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process. Fluctuations in temperature can lead to under or overcooked meat. To achieve a consistent temperature, keep an eye on your smoker’s built-in thermometer or invest in a digital thermometer.

By mastering smoking temperatures, you’ll be able to achieve perfect BBQ every time.


Now it’s time to get that beef just right! You’ll want to keep a close eye on the internal temperature to ensure it reaches your desired level of doneness. For beef, it’s important to note that different cuts require different cooking times. A tough cut like a brisket will need to be cooked for a longer period of time at a lower temperature, while a tender cut like a steak can be cooked at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time.

To help you get started with your beef cook, here’s a handy table to reference for cooking times and temperatures:

Cut of Beef Target Temperature Cooking Time
Brisket 200°F 1.5 hours per pound
Tri-Tip 135°F 45 minutes to 1 hour
Ribeye Steak 130°F for medium-rare, 140°F for medium 4-6 minutes per side

Remember to always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your beef. You want to make sure that it reaches a safe temperature to eat, but also not overcook it and risk it becoming tough and dry. With your Masterbuilt smoker, you can easily achieve that perfect level of doneness for your beef, whether it’s a tender steak or a slow-cooked brisket. Happy smoking!


Are you ready to take your pork game to the next level? Let’s talk about the three most popular cuts of pork: shoulder, ribs, and pork belly.

Each cut has its own unique flavor and texture, and with the right cooking techniques, you can create mouth-watering dishes that will impress your friends and family.

So, fire up your masterbuilt smoker and let’s get started on elevating your pork game!


Slow-cooking a juicy and tender shoulder in a Masterbuilt smoker is a mouth-watering experience. When it comes to cooking pork shoulder, you need to keep in mind that it’s a tough cut of meat that requires low and slow cooking to break down the connective tissues and fat.

This cut of meat is also known as a Boston butt or pork butt, and it’s perfect for pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, and burritos.

To cook a pork shoulder in a Masterbuilt smoker, you’ll need to set the temperature to 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit and smoke it for 1.5-2 hours per pound. It’s important to maintain a consistent temperature and to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the shoulder.

Once it reaches 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s ready to be taken out of the smoker and let rest for 30 minutes. After resting, you can shred the meat with two forks or chop it up for your desired recipe.

With a little patience and the right technique, you’ll have a delicious and succulent pork shoulder that’ll impress your family and friends.


Get ready to sink your teeth into some mouth-watering ribs that’ll leave you begging for more. With the help of your Masterbuilt smoker, you can achieve perfectly cooked ribs that’re tender, juicy, and full of flavor.

Here’re some tips to ensure your ribs turn out delicious every time:

  • Start by choosing your preferred type of ribs (baby back, spare, or St. Louis style) and removing the membrane from the bone side of the rack. This’ll make the ribs more tender and allow the rub and smoke to penetrate the meat better.
  • Apply your favorite dry rub generously to both sides of the ribs, making sure to massage it into the meat. Let the ribs sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.
  • For a classic BBQ flavor, try a rub with brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder.
  • For a spicy kick, add cayenne pepper or hot sauce to your rub.

Once your ribs are seasoned and ready to go, preheat your Masterbuilt smoker to 225°F. Place the ribs on the smoker racks bone-side down and smoke for 5-6 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 190°F.

You can also wrap the ribs in foil or butcher paper during the last hour of cooking to help tenderize them even more.

Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce and enjoy!

Pork Belly

You’re in for a treat with this succulent and flavorful pork belly that will have you licking your fingers clean. With the Masterbuilt smoker, you can easily achieve the perfect cook for this delicious cut of meat. Here’s a handy guide that you can use to get your pork belly just right:

Temperature Time
225°F 2-3 hours
250°F 1.5-2 hours
275°F 1-1.5 hours
300°F 45-60 minutes
325°F 30-45 minutes

Keep in mind that these times are estimates and may vary depending on the size and thickness of your pork belly. It’s always best to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165°F. Once your pork belly is done, remove it from the smoker and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy the juicy and flavorful meat that the Masterbuilt smoker has helped you achieve!


Now let’s talk about poultry – chicken, turkey, and duck – and how to cook them perfectly in your masterbuilt smoker.

You’ll be happy to know that these birds are great for smoking and can be incredibly flavorful when done right.

With the right cooking times and temperatures, you’ll have juicy and tender meat that will have everyone coming back for seconds.


If you’re looking for a juicy and flavorful chicken, the masterbuilt smoker is your perfect kitchen companion. It’s easy to use and yields amazing results every time.

Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect chicken using your masterbuilt smoker:

  • Brine your chicken for at least 4 hours before cooking to ensure maximum flavor and juiciness.
  • Set your smoker temperature to 275°F and smoke the chicken for 3-4 hours, depending on its size. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Baste the chicken with butter or your favorite BBQ sauce during the last hour of cooking to add extra flavor and moisture.
  • Let the chicken rest for at least 10 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute evenly.

With these simple tips, you can achieve perfectly cooked chicken every time using your masterbuilt smoker. So, fire up your smoker and get ready to enjoy some delicious BBQ chicken!


To get the juiciest turkey, don’t forget to brine it for several hours before putting it in the smoker. Brining helps the turkey retain moisture while it cooks, resulting in tender and flavorful meat. You can use a pre-made brine mix or create your own with water, salt, sugar, and any additional spices or herbs you prefer.

Make sure to fully submerge the turkey in the brine and refrigerate it for at least 12 hours before smoking.

When it comes to cooking times for turkey in a Masterbuilt smoker, it’s important to use a meat thermometer to ensure that it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Generally, a 12-14 pound turkey will take around 3-4 hours to smoke at 225°F. However, it’s always best to rely on the temperature rather than time alone.

Once the turkey reaches the desired temperature, let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute and ensure maximum juiciness.


Brining a duck in a flavorful mix of herbs and spices before roasting it in the oven will result in succulent, tender meat that melts in your mouth.

To start, mix together water, salt, sugar, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves in a large pot. Add the duck and let it soak in the brine for at least 12 hours, or overnight. This will help to infuse the flavors into the meat and keep it moist during roasting.

When it comes time to cook the duck, preheat your oven to 350°F. Remove the duck from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels. Place it on a roasting rack in a roasting pan and roast for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the internal temperature of the bird reaches 165°F.

Baste the duck with its own juices at least once during cooking to keep it moist and flavorful. Once it’s done, let the duck rest for about 10 minutes before carving and serving.

Enjoy the delicious result of your efforts!


When cooking seafood in your Masterbuilt smoker, you’ll want to make sure to keep a close eye on the internal temperature to ensure it’s fully cooked but still tender and juicy. Some seafood, like shrimp and scallops, cook quickly and can easily become overcooked if left in the smoker for too long. On the other hand, fish and lobster require a bit more time to cook through.

To ensure your seafood is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The table below provides a general guideline for cooking times and temperatures for various types of seafood:

Seafood Internal Temperature Cooking Time
Shrimp 145°F 5-7 minutes
Scallops 145°F 5-7 minutes
Fish 145°F 30-40 minutes
Lobster 145°F 20-30 minutes

It’s important to note that these are just general guidelines and cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the seafood. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure your seafood has reached a safe internal temperature and is fully cooked.

By following these tips and using a meat thermometer, you can ensure your seafood is cooked perfectly every time. Experiment with different types of seafood and recipes to find your favorites and impress your friends and family at your next barbecue.

Sides and Vegetables

Don’t forget about the tasty sides and veggies that can be cooked alongside your seafood in the Masterbuilt smoker! While seafood is the star of the show, having some delicious sides and vegetables will definitely add some depth to your barbecue spread.

Here are some ideas for what sides and vegetables to cook in your smoker:

  • Corn on the cob: Coat the corn with some butter and seasonings before wrapping it in foil and placing it in the smoker. In a few hours, you’ll have perfectly tender and flavorful corn on the cob.

  • Sweet potato slices: Cut the sweet potato into thin slices and season them with some cinnamon and brown sugar. After a few hours in the smoker, you’ll have a sweet and savory side dish.

  • Brussels sprouts: Toss the Brussels sprouts in some olive oil and seasonings before placing them in the smoker. In a couple of hours, you’ll have perfectly roasted and crispy Brussels sprouts.

  • Baked beans: Mix together some canned baked beans, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar before placing them in a baking dish and putting them in the smoker. In a few hours, you’ll have delicious and smoky baked beans.

Experiment with different sides and vegetables to see what works best for you and your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try new things!

Cooking sides and vegetables in the Masterbuilt smoker is a great way to add some variety to your barbecue spread. Not only will it give your guests more options, but it will also add some depth to the flavors of your meal.

Make sure you plan ahead and give your sides enough time to cook alongside your seafood. With a little bit of patience and creativity, you’ll have a delicious and well-rounded barbecue meal.

Tips and Tricks

To ensure your seafood and sides are bursting with flavor, try adding some herbs and spices to your marinades and rubs. For example, when cooking salmon, try using a mix of dill, lemon juice, and garlic in your marinade.

For vegetables, a simple blend of salt, pepper, and olive oil can go a long way. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect flavor for your dish.

Another helpful tip is to pay attention to the temperature of your smoker. Different types of meat and vegetables require different smoking temperatures to achieve the perfect result. For example, salmon cooks best at around 225°F, while chicken needs to be cooked at a higher temperature of around 275°F. Investing in a good thermometer can help you monitor the temperature and ensure that your food is cooked to perfection.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with your smoking techniques. Try smoking your meats and vegetables with different types of wood chips, such as hickory, cherry, or applewood, to add unique flavors to your dishes. You can even try cold smoking certain items, like cheese or nuts, for a delicious and unexpected twist.

With a little experimentation and some helpful tips, you can become a master of your masterbuilt smoker and create perfectly cooked BBQ every time.