Pro-Q Smokers & BBQs

Cooking Temperature Chart

Get the perfect done-ness every time by using a thermometer to cook to internal temperature, rather than time. Checking the internal temperature of your food is the best way to check that it is cooked - it is accurate, safe and doesn't rely on the food "looking" ready. This handy chart will walk you through all the temperatures for the most popular BBQ foods.

Cooking Temperature Chart
Protein Cooked Internal Temperature Notes
Rare 125°F / 51°C
Medium Rare 135°F / 57°C
Medium 145°F / 62°C
Well Done 155°F / 68°C
Brisket & Short Ribs 185-205°F / 85-96°C ST/PB
Minced Meat
Pork Chops 160°F / 71°C GR
Pork Roast 160°F / 71°C
Pulled Pork (Collar/Shoulder) 205°F / 96°C ST
Baby Back Ribs PB GR
Spare Ribs PB GR
Whole Hog 205°F / 96°C
Whole Chicken 163°F / 73°C
Chicken Pieces 163°F / 73°C GR
Pulled Chicken 205°F / 96°C
Whole Turkey 163°F / 73°C
Turkey (Legs) 163°F / 73°C
Whole Duck 163°F / 73°C
Pheasant 163°F / 73°C
Rare 125°F / 51°C
Medium Rare 135°F / 57°C
Medium 145°F / 62°C
Well Done 155°F / 68°C
Pulled Shoulder/Shank 205°F / 96°C Until tender
White meat 145°F / 62°C Cook until flaky
Salmon (Medium Rare) 125°F / 51°C
Salmon (Well Done) 160°F / 71°C
Tuna Fillets (Medium Rare) 125°F / 51°C
Tuna Fillets (Well Done) 160°F / 71°C


*PB = Pull Back - This is when the meat starts to pull away from the bones of the ribs, the other way to check ribs is to do the flex test. The BBQ experts came up with another method using the 'flex' of the rack. This means picking up the ribs about 1/3rd of the way along the rack, and 'bouncing' them gently. If the rack bends to about 90° and cracks appear in the top of the meat, the ribs are done.

ST = Stalling - This means that the meat may stall at 160°F / 71°C, and the temperature will not move for some time, it is not a reason to panic! It is caused by the meat sweating off the heat, and will stop as soon as the excess has evaporated.

GR = Grilling - We recommend grilling at the end to crisp up and finish off the meat.

How to take the temperature

For the best results, always take the temperature at the thickest part of the meat you are cooking, and in multiple places when cooking whole animals, for example on a whole chicken, we would test the breast and thigh.


Always rest your meat before serving, and remember that the internal temperature will continue to rise even after you've removed your food from the heat.

Food Safety

These temperatures are a guide and advice varies globally on the correct temperature to cook food to for safety. The UK FSA recommends that all food is cooked to 70° and kept at that temperature for 2 minutes to ensure complete safety.

The other time and temperature combinations are:

  • 60°C for 45 minutes
  • 65°C for 10 minutes
  • 70°C for 2 minutes
  • 75°C for 30 seconds
  • 80°C for 6 seconds

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