Pork Cooking Temperatures

Karen Frazier
Pork ribs on a circular grill

Cooking pork at the proper temperature is essential in creating a flavorful and juicy end result. If you cook it at the incorrect temperature for the method and type of pork, there's a good chance you'll overcook or undercook it.

Cooking Temperature Charts for Pork

The following temperature charts offer the appropriate temperature cooking range for various pork ingredients. Cooked temperature to prevent foodborne illness is taken from the National Pork Board. Use a thermometer to find the cooked temperature.

Pork Sausage

Sausage includes things like Italian sausage, bratwurst, and breakfast links. For best results, sear on medium high.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
375°F Medium-high direct heat (about 330 to 350°F) Medium-high (about 330 to 350°F)

Low - 190° for 8 to 10 hours

High - 250° for 4 to 5 hours

160°F

Ground Pork

Groun pork includes food like meatloaf, meatballs, and meat patties. Like sausage, searing on medium-high will provide you with the best results.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
375°F Medium-high direct heat (about 330 to 350°F) Medium-high (about 330 to 350°F)

Low - 190° for 8 to 10 hours

High - 250° for 4 to 5 hours

160°F

Pork Loin or Tenderloin

High heat, quick cooking is best for this cut. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
425°F High indirect heat (425°F) Medium-high (about 330 to 350°F)

Low - 190° for 8 to 10 hours

High - 250° for 4 to 5 hours

145°F to 160°F

Pork Ribs

Pork ribs include baby back, spare ribs, country style or loin back ribs. Low and slow works best with ribs. By cooking them in this way, you allow the collagen to breakdown and the ribs to tenderize.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
275°F Low indirect heat (225°F to 275°F) Not recommended Low - 190° for 8 to 10 hours 190°F to 200°F

Pork Chops

Pork chops dry out on high heat, so cooking them at medium temperatures keeps them juicy.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
300s°F to 325°F Medium indirect heat (300°F to 325°F) Medium-high (about 330 to 350°F) High - 250° for 4 to 5 hours 145°F to 160°F

Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder is a tough cut of meat. Cook on indirect heat or with liquid low and slow to allow collagen to break down and the pork to tenderize.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
275°F Low indirect heat (225°F to 275°F) Braise with liquid on low heat (225°F to 275°F) Low - 190° for 8 to 10 hours 190°F to 200°F

Ham

Cook ham for about 10 minutes per pound (except in a slow cooker).

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
350°F Indirect heat - 350°F Not recommended Low - 190°F for 8 hours 140°F

Bacon

Cook bacon on direct high heat until crispy.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
400°F to 425°F Direct high heat - 375°F to 425°F High - 375°F to 425°F Not recommended 145°F to 160°F

Pork Belly

Unless roasting in the oven whole or cooking whole in the slow cooker, slice pork belly before cooking for best results.

Oven Grill Stovetop Slow Cooker Cooked Temperature
400°F to 425°F Sliced, direct high heat - 375°F to 425°F Sliced, High - 375°F to 425°F Low - 190°F for 8 hours 145°F to 160°F

Perfect Pork

Not all cooking methods work for every type of pork. However, with the right combination of cooking method, time, and temperature, you can cook every piece of pork to perfection every time.

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