Smoking meat takes 4-6 hours on average, according to smoking-meat.com. Smoking times vary depending on the weight, type of meat, outside temperature and the type of smoker being used. Smoking the meats for a longer time adds flavor to the meat.
Smoking meat is reserved for large amounts of meat. Gas, charcoal and electricity are the main types of smokers used in smoking. Grilling-spot.com recommends keeping the temperatures low to allow the meat cook slowly. Intense smoking, especially when using charcoal, may soot the meat and ruin the experience. Always use a meat thermometer to determine when the meat is safely cooked.