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Pork Cooking Temp and Tips

pork cooking temp and tips

Pork is a very versatile meat that can be prepared in many different ways from baked to sautéed and even barbecued, and it also pairs well with many side dishes. It can also be made simple for weeknight meals, or it can be made gourmet for more elaborate occasions, such as the holidays where it can give even the most beautiful prime rib competition. However, when preparing pork, it is very important to reach the proper pork cooking temp as well as the proper pork internal temp to not only help ensure a tender, succulent piece of pork but also to ensure a safe meal, which this pork temperature guide will help you with.

Pork Cooking Temp Guide

Pork Braising Temperature Chart

Braise Pork Temp

Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pot. Over medium-high heat, brown the pork evenly on both sides. Add liquid until it covers the pork from 1/4 to 1/2 inch on the sides. Bring the liquid to just boiling. Cover, and allow it to simmer.

Cut Size Temp Cooking Time
Ribs Spareribs (St. Louis style) 3 1/2 to 4 pounds per rack 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until tender
Pork Back Ribs 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per rack 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until tender
Country-Style Ribs 3 to 4 pounds 30 to 35 minutes until tender
Loin Chops (Bone-In) Ribeye (Rib) Pork Chop 3/4-inch 145° F. to 160° F. 8 to 12 minutes
Porterhouse (Loin) Pork Chops 3/4-inch 145° F. to 160° F. 8 to 12 minutes
Sirloin Pork Chop 3/4-inch 145° F. to 160° F. 8 to 12 minutes
Loin Chops (Boneless) Ribeye (Rib) Pork Chop 3/4-inch 145° F. to 160° F. 6 to 10 minutes
New York (Top Loin) Pork Chop 3/4-inch 145° F. to 160° F. 6 to 10 minutes
Sirloin Pork Chop 3/4-inch 145° F. to 160° F. 6 to 10 minutes
Shoulder Blade (Boston) Pork Roast 3 to 6 pounds 2 to 2 1/2 hours until tender
Arm (Picnic) Pork Roast 3 to 4 pounds 30 to 33 minutes each pound until tender
Arm (Picnic) Pork Roast 5 to 6 pounds 26 to 29 minutes each pound until tender
Pork Belly 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 40 minutes each pound until tender
Tenderloin Medallions 1/2-inch 8 to 10 minutes until tender
Cutlets 1/2-inch 3 to 4 minutes until tender
Loin Cubes 1-inch 8 to 10 minutes until tender

More Tips: Allow the meat to come to room temperature before cooking. Check the internal temperature with a ThermoPro digital hygrometers/meat thermometer periodically.

Pork Barbecuing Temperature Chart

BBQ prok ribs

Barbecue the pork over indirect medium heat (check your specific cut for the exact cooking temperature).

Cut Size Temp Cooking Time
Ribs Spareribs (St. Louis style) 3 1/2 to 4 pounds per rack 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until tender
Pork Back Ribs 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per rack 1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender
Country-Style Ribs 3 to 4 pounds 45 minutes to 1 hour until tender
Whole Pork Loin (Boneless) 8 to 9 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 8 to 9 minutes for each pound
10 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 6 to 7 minutes for each pound
Loin Roast (Bone-In) Sirloin Pork Roast 2 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 14 to 17 minutes for each pound
Ribeye (Center Rib) Pork Roast 2 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 22 to 23 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 14 to 17 minutes for each pound
Loin Roast (Boneless) Pork Loin Center Roast 2 to pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 12 to 15 minutes for each pound
New York (Top Loin) Pot Roast 2 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 12 to 15 minutes for each pound
Sirloin Pork Roast 2 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds 145° F. to 160° F. 12 to 15 minutes for each pound
Blade (Shoulder) Pot Roast 3 to 4 pounds 45 to 47 minutes for each pound
5 to 6 pounds 30 to 45 minutes until tender

More Tips: Allow the meat to come to room temperature before cooking. After barbecuing, cover the pork with foil, and allow it to rest on a warm plate for about 2 to 4 minutes. Check the internal temperature using a ThermoPro digital hygrometers/meat thermometer periodically.

Pork Roasting/Baking Temperature Chart

roast pork temp

Place the roast in a shallow pan. Place the pan in a 350° F oven, check your specific cut for varying temperatures, and allow it to cook uncovered.

Cut Size Temp Cooking Time
Ribs Spareribs (St. Louis style) 3 1/2 to 4 pounds per rack 1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender
Pork Back Ribs 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per rack 1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender
Country-Style Ribs 3 to 4 pounds 1 to 1 1/4 hours until tender
Loin Roast (Boneless) New York (Top Loin) Pork Roast 2 pounds 145° F. to 165° F. 26 to 28 minutes for each pound
Sirloin Pork Roast 2 pounds 145° F. to 165° F. 26 to 28 minutes for each pound
Shoulder 3 to 6 pounds 275° F. 55 to 85 minutes for each pound until tender
Ham, Fully Cooked 5 to 6 pounds 140° F. 20 minutes for each pound
Pork Belly 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 45 minutes for each pound, at 325° F, and brown for 15 minutes at 450° F.
Stuffed Pork Loin Chops 1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch 165° F. Differs based on stuffing

More Tips: Allow the pork to come to room temperature before cooking.

For crackling, score the rind in 1 cm cuts prior to cooking. Massage the roast gently with oil and salt and place on a rack in a roasting tray. Allow the roast to cook at 220°C for the first 20 minutes and then lower the temperature to 180°C and then cook for an additional 20 minutes per 1.10 pound. Check the internal temperature using a ThermoPro digital hygrometers/meat thermometer periodically.

Pork Sauteing Temperature Chart

sauteed pork temp

In a pan, add a small amount of vegetable oil. Place the pork in the pan, and saute it over medium-high heat, turning once halfway through the cooking time.

Cut Size Temp Cooking Time
Cutlets 1/2-inch 3 to 4 minutes until tender
Ham Steaks 1/2-inch 140° F. 6 minutes
Ground Pork Patties 1/2-inch 160° F 8 to 11 minutes

More Tips: Allow the meat to come to room temperature prior to cooking. After sauteing, cover the pork, and allow it to rest on a warm plate for 2 to 3 minutes. Check the internal temperature using a ThermoPro digital hygrometers/meat thermometer periodically.


Under-cooked pork poses many risks to your health; therefore, it is crucial to ensure the proper cooking temperature of pork before consuming, which can be easily done with the use of a meat thermometer, such as the ThermoPro digital food thermometer, that helps take the guesswork out of knowing when the pork internal temp has reached a safe level.

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