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Learn the perfect pork cooking times for any cut of pork following this easy Pork Temperature Chart! Whether you're cooking pork chops for a weekday meal or a rack of pork for the holidays, this simple chart has all the pork temps you need to cook the best meal. No more worrying about over-cooking or under-cooking your pork!
Pork Internal Temp
Pork is a budget-friendly, tasty choice for dinner, but even if you're familiar with cooking it, it can be easy to overcook it and wind up with a dry piece of pork (I have been there). Or worse, under-cook it and have it be inedible!
By keeping a pork temperature chart at hand, you will always know what the pork internal temp should be - and what the best cooking times and methods are for any cut of pork. I promise this pork temperature cooking chart will save you time, energy, and frustration.
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No matter what cooking method you use or what cut of pork you're preparing, unless it is ground pork or a precooked ham, the internal temp for pork should always be a minimum of 145°F. Ground pork should reach a minimum of 160°F while precooked ham needs to reach 140°F.
Bear in mind this temperature is not ideal for fall-apart tender cuts that require more cooking time. The pork cooking chart below outlines the best internal temps for pork, including tender, pulled-pork cuts!
How Long to Roast Pork
Follow the below chart for oven pork temps. Make sure to use a meat thermometer for best results.
|Pork Cut||Weight/Thickness (on average)||Internal Temperature (°F)||Roasting Time|
|Boneless Pork Loin Roast||3 pounds||145°F||20-25 minutes per pound at 350°F|
|Boneless or Bone-in Pork Shoulder||4-6 pounds||Fall-apart tender; cook until at least 180°F to 205°F||40-55 minutes per pound at 300°F; finish by searing for 15 minutes at 475°F|
|Pork Spare Ribs||3-4 pounds||Fall-apart tender; cook until at least 195°F to 200°F||2.5-4 hours at 275°F|
|Baby Back Ribs||1.5-2 pounds||Fall-apart tender; cook until at least 195°F to 200°F||2.5-4 hours at 275°F|
|Whole Ham (Precooked)||10-18 pounds||140°F||15-18 minutes per pound at 325°F|
|Half Ham (Precooked)||5-10 pounds||140°F||18-24 minutes per pound at 325°F|
|Spiral Ham (Precooked)||7-10 pounds||140°F||10 minutes per pound at 275°F|
|Pork Belly||4-5 pounds||Fall-apart tender; cook until at least 165°F to 205°F||2-2.5 hours; finish with reverse sear at 325°F for 20 minutes|
|Oven Pork Chops (Boneless)||1.25 inches thick||145°F||7 minutes per ½-inch thickness at 400°F|
|Oven Pork Chops (Bone-in)||1-1.5 inches thick||145°F||20-22 minutes at 400°F|
|Rack of Pork||3 pounds||155°F||Sear 10 minutes at 500°F; cook at 325°F for 30 minutes|
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How Long to Grill Pork
Follow the below chart for grilled pork temps. Make sure to use a meat thermometer for best results. For any cut over 3⁄4-inch thick, close the grill lid.
|Pork Cut||Weight/Thickness (on average)||Internal Temperature (°F)||Grilling Time|
|Pork Blade Steak/Pork Shoulder Steak||½-inch to 3⁄4-inch thick||145°F||Grill over medium heat 8-10 minutes per side|
|Grilled Pork Chops (Boneless)||1.25 inches thick||145°F||Sear over high heat 3 minutes each side; cook over indirect medium-high heat 5-6 minutes or until 145°F|
|Grilled Pork Chops (Bone-in)||1-1.5 inches thick||145°F||Sear over high heat 5 minutes each side; cook over indirect medium-high heat 15-20 minutes until 145°F|
|Ground Pork Burgers||½-inch thick||160°F||Medium heat, 4-5 minutes each side|
|Pork Tenderloin||1-1.5 pounds||145°F-160°F||5-7 minutes per side at medium heat (350°F)|
|Pork Butt/Boston Butt||4-5 pounds||Fall-apart tender; cook until at least 190°F to 195°F||52 minutes up to 1 hour per pound of meat over indirect low heat, uncovered for first half|
|Boneless or Bone-in Pork Shoulder||4-6 pounds||Fall-apart tender; cook until at least 180°F to 205°F||52 minutes up to 1 hour per pound of meat over indirect low heat, uncovered for first half|
|Pork Belly||4-5 pounds||Tender; cook until at least 160°F to 200°F||Indirect high heat (450°F to 550°F) for 30 minutes; then indirect medium heat until it reaches internal temp of 160°F (lid closed)|
|Rack of Pork||3 pounds||145°F||Sear 4 minutes on each side over direct high heat; cook 50 minutes over indirect heat, fat side up, flipping halfway through, until 145°F,|
|Pork Spare Ribs||3-4 pounds||Tender; 195°F to 200°F||Indirect medium heat (300°F), lid closed, for 2 hours|
|Baby Back Ribs||1.5-2 pounds||Tender; 195°F to 200°F||Grill at medium heat (300°F), lid closed, for 1 hour 15 minutes; check every 20 minutes, baste in final 15 minutes|
Grilled Pork Recipes
How Long to Smoke Pork
Follow the below chart for smoked pork temps. Make sure to use a meat thermometer for best results as temperature is more important than exact timing.
|Pork Cut||Weight/Thickness (on average)||Internal Temperature (°F)||Smoking Time|
|Pork Shoulder||4-6 pounds||190°F||8 hours at 225°F|
|Pork Tenderloin||1-1.5 pounds||145°F||2 hours at 225°F|
|Pork Loin||3 pounds||145°F||4-5 hours at 225°F|
|Pork Spare Ribs||3-4 pounds||160°F||6 hours at 225-240°F|
|Baby Back Ribs||1.5-2 pounds||165°F+||5 hours at 225-240°F|
|Rack of Pork||3 pounds||145°F||4 hours at 225°F|
|Pork Belly||4-5 pounds||195°F||6-8 hours at 250°F|
|Pulled Pork Butt||7 pounds||203°F||6 hours uncovered, then another 4-6 hours covered|
|Pulled Pork Brisket||2.25-3.5 pounds||195°F||1.5 hours per pound at 225°F|
How Long to Slow Cook Pork
Follow the below chart for slow cooker pork temps. Make sure to use a meat thermometer for best results.
|Pork Cut||Weight/Thickness (on average)||Internal Temperature (°F)||Slow Cooking Time|
|Pork Loin||3-4 pounds||145°F||High 5 hours or Low 6 hours|
|Pork Butt||6-7 pounds||195°F||High 7.5 hours or Low 9.5 hours|
|Pork Shoulder||6-7 pounds||195°F||High 7.5 hours or Low 9.5 hours|
|Baby Back Ribs||3 pounds||190°F||High 4 hours or Low 8 hours|
|Pork Spare Ribs (half-rack)||3 pounds||190°F||High 4 hours or Low 8 hours|
|Pork Chops||2-inches thick||145°F||High 2-3 hours or Low 5-6 hours|
|Pork Tenderloin||1-3 pounds||145°F||High 1-2 hours or Low 3-4 hours|
|Whole or Half Ham (precooked)||4-8 pounds||140°F||Low 4-6 hours; check internal temp halfway for a small ham|
|Spiral Ham (precooked)||5-8 pounds||140°F||Low 5 hours|
Slow Cooker Pork Recipes
Air Fryer Pork Temps
Follow the below chart for air fryer pork temps. Make sure to use a meat thermometer for best results and measure your air fryer to know what size cuts will fit.
|Pork Cut||Pork Weight or Thickness||Air Fryer Temperature||Internal Temperature||Cooking Time|
|Pork Chops (Boneless)||½-inch thick||400°F||145°F||5 minutes on one side, 4-6 minutes opposite side|
|Pork Chops (Bone-in)||1-1.5 inches thick||380°F||145°F||5-6 minutes on each side|
|Pork Belly (Cubed)||1.5 pounds in 1-inch thick cubes||250°F-400°F||195°F||Skin-side up for 25 minutes at 250°F, then 20 minutes at 400°F|
|Pork Tenderloin||1-1.5 pounds||400°F||145°F||20-22 minutes|
|Pork Burgers||½ to 1-inch thick||360°F||160°F||10 minutes; optionally, flip halfway|
|Ham (Precooked)||5 pounds||300°F||40 minutes wrapped in foil; 5 minutes unwrapped at 360°F|
Air Fryer Pork Recipes
Internal Temp for Pork FAQs
You should always use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of pork. All pork cuts, with the exception of ham and ground pork, are safe to eat at 145°F. Ground pork is safe at 160°F, while precooked ham is ready at 140°F. For other cuts, 145°F won't produce tender pork, so follow the suggested internal temperature for pork based on your cut by using a meat thermometer.
Some larger cuts and thicker pork chops will seem slightly pink even at the proper temperature of 145°F. They are safe to eat as long as the temperature is 145°F on a meat thermometer. This is why it is important to always use a meat thermometer to measure the doneness of pork.
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Slow Cooker Spare Ribs - plus Pork Temperature Chart
- Slow cooker
- aluminum foil
- Baking sheet
- Oven broiler
- 2 Bowls for mixing
- 3 pounds spare ribs half rack
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup bourbon or chicken broth
- 2 cups barbecue sauce your choice
- ½ cup brown sugar
- Add paprika, cinnamon, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper to a bowl; mix, then set aside. With a knife, carefully cut away the membrane from the ribs. Spoon rib seasoning onto the ribs, then use your hands to pat down both sides with the seasoning.1 Tablespoon paprika, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ Tablespoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 3 pounds spare ribs half rack
- Add BBQ sauce, bourbon, and brown sugar to a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Add ribs to the slow cooker, then ¾ of the BBQ sauce mixture.¼ cup bourbon, 2 cups barbecue sauce, ½ cup brown sugar
- Cook on high 4 hours, or low 8 hours. Once ready, set your oven to broil at 300°F. Remove the ribs and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spoon over 4 Tablespoons of the sauce from the slow cooker, then baste with the remaining half of your BBQ sauce mixture. Add to the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the sauce caramelizes.
- Add any remaining sauce to a small bowl for dipping. Garnish with parsley if desired, cut ribs into pieces, serve, and enjoy!
- Use your favorite BBQ sauce or, better yet, mix your own homemade BBQ sauce for the ultimate flavor in these ribs.
- If you don't want to use bourbon, you can use chicken stock. Or, use another type of whiskey, non-alcoholic vanilla extract, or a mixture of apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. If using vinegar and sugar, mix the two ingredients together to fully combine before mixing with the other ingredients.
- No need to sear these ribs beforehand. The broil at the end will give them a nice sear with minimum effort.