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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.

CutSizeTempCooking Time
RibsSpareribs (St. Louis style)3 1/2 to 4 pounds per rack1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until tender
Pork Back Ribs1 1/2 to 2 pounds per rack1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until tender
Country-Style Ribs3 to 4 pounds30 to 35 minutes until tender
Loin Chops (Bone-In)Ribeye (Rib) Pork Chop3/4-inch145° F. to 160° F.8 to 12 minutes
Porterhouse (Loin) Pork Chops3/4-inch145° F. to 160° F.8 to 12 minutes
Sirloin Pork Chop3/4-inch145° F. to 160° F.8 to 12 minutes
Loin Chops (Boneless)Ribeye (Rib) Pork Chop3/4-inch145° F. to 160° F.6 to 10 minutes
New York (Top Loin) Pork Chop3/4-inch145° F. to 160° F.6 to 10 minutes
Sirloin Pork Chop3/4-inch145° F. to 160° F.6 to 10 minutes
ShoulderBlade (Boston) Pork Roast3 to 6 pounds2 to 2 1/2 hours until tender
Arm (Picnic) Pork Roast3 to 4 pounds30 to 33 minutes each pound until tender
Arm (Picnic) Pork Roast5 to 6 pounds26 to 29 minutes each pound until tender
Pork Belly2 1/2 to 3 pounds40 minutes each pound until tender
Tenderloin Medallions1/2-inch8 to 10 minutes until tender
Cutlets1/2-inch3 to 4 minutes until tender
Loin Cubes1-inch8 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).

CutSizeTempCooking Time
RibsSpareribs (St. Louis style)3 1/2 to 4 pounds per rack1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours until tender
Pork Back Ribs1 1/2 to 2 pounds per rack1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender
Country-Style Ribs3 to 4 pounds45 minutes to 1 hour until tender
Whole Pork Loin (Boneless)8 to 9 pounds145° F. to 160° F.8 to 9 minutes for each pound
10 pounds145° F. to 160° F.6 to 7 minutes for each pound
Loin Roast (Bone-In)Sirloin Pork Roast2 pounds145° F. to 160° F.20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds145° F. to 160° F.14 to 17 minutes for each pound
Ribeye (Center Rib) Pork Roast2 pounds145° F. to 160° F.22 to 23 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds145° F. to 160° F.14 to 17 minutes for each pound
Loin Roast (Boneless)Pork Loin Center Roast2 to pounds145° F. to 160° F.20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds145° F. to 160° F.12 to 15 minutes for each pound
New York (Top Loin) Pot Roast2 pounds145° F. to 160° F.20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds145° F. to 160° F.12 to 15 minutes for each pound
Sirloin Pork Roast2 pounds145° F. to 160° F.20 to 26 minutes for each pound
3 to 5 pounds145° F. to 160° F.12 to 15 minutes for each pound
Blade (Shoulder) Pot Roast3 to 4 pounds45 to 47 minutes for each pound
5 to 6 pounds30 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.

CutSizeTempCooking Time
RibsSpareribs (St. Louis style)3 1/2 to 4 pounds per rack1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender
Pork Back Ribs1 1/2 to 2 pounds per rack1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender
Country-Style Ribs3 to 4 pounds1 to 1 1/4 hours until tender
Loin Roast (Boneless)New York (Top Loin) Pork Roast2 pounds145° F. to 165° F.26 to 28 minutes for each pound
Sirloin Pork Roast2 pounds145° F. to 165° F.26 to 28 minutes for each pound
Shoulder3 to 6 pounds275° F.55 to 85 minutes for each pound until tender
Ham, Fully Cooked5 to 6 pounds140° F.20 minutes for each pound
Pork Belly2 1/2 to 3 pounds45 minutes for each pound, at 325° F, and brown for 15 minutes at 450° F.
Stuffed Pork Loin Chops1 1/4 to 1 1/2-inch165° 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

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.

CutSizeTempCooking Time
Cutlets1/2-inch3 to 4 minutes until tender
Ham Steaks1/2-inch140° F.6 minutes
Ground Pork Patties1/2-inch160° F8 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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