Welcome to our short guide on pork internal temperature. The target internal temp for pork will vary according to the cut of meat and how you want to serve it.
In general, pork can be served medium rare at 145F or 63C (much like beef) but you will need higher temperatures for pulled pork (pork butt or pork shoulder) and pork belly.
What Temperature for Pulled Pork?
Pork needs to be between 195-203F for pulling so that all the fat has been rendered down properly for fork tenderness.
What Internal Temp for Pork Belly?
To allow the skin of pork belly to become crispy enough you will want to aim for at least 165F. You can even let it go up to 190F and it will stay juicy and tender in the middle and crispy on the outside.
Make sure you cook fat side up to keep the moisture inside the meat.
Internal Temp Pork Chops?
Pork chops can be safely eaten at 145F or 63C. It can be easy to overcook this smaller and leaner pork cut so you’ll need to keep a close eye on your chops.
What is the Done Temperature for Pork Loin?
Like pork tenderloin pork loin is best served at 145F or 63C with a slight blush and thinly sliced.
What Temperature for Cooked Pork Tenderloin?
Pork tenderloin (also called pork fillet) is best cooked to an internal temperature of 145F with a slight blush in the middle. It’s a very tender and juicy cut which you definitely don’t want to overcook.
If you need recipes for grilling and smoking pork try below.
If you would like more information on the internal temperature of pulled pork in particular try here.