MEMORIAL DAY Cooking Temperature Guide

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The following is a simple rule of thumb for cooking temperatures on a grill.  Be sure to use caution and follow the basics in this outline.

Cooking Temperature Guide

  Cold Smoking: < 90°   (cheese, nuts, salts)

            Indirect Heat

 Smoking:  150°–250°   (brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork shoulder. poultry**)

            Indirect Heat

 BBQ/Roasting:  250°–375°   (poultry, meatloaf, fruit, breads, vegetables, fish)

            Indirect Heat

 Grilling: > 375°   (steaks, chops, burgers)

            Direct Heat

** Smoked poultry must be finished off at a higher temperature to eliminate bacteria issues and to render the fat from the skin to make it brown and crispy.  Never stuff a smoked turkey!

Meat Temperature Guide


Rare                                         120° – 129°

Medium Rare                        130° – 139°

Medium                                  140° – 149°

Well Done                              150° – 160°

Poultry:                                             165° in the breast

                                                            175° in the thigh

Pork:                                                  140° – 145° letting rest 10 minutes

REFER TO OUR WOOD CHIP GUIDE CLICK HERE to learn more about how to flavor your food when grilling!

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