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Pork Cooking Guides

Pork is the most popular meat in America, accounting for about 38% of all meat consumed in the United States. It can be used in many different recipes and provides essential nutrients such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12. The average 4 oz serving of pork has about 175 calories, 22 grams of protein, and less than 6 grams of fat.

Pork Cut Stove/Oven Temp Avg Time Finish Temp
Pork Chop Medium Heat (sear) 7-9 mins 145°F
Pork Sausage Medium Heat (sear) 9-11 mins 145°F
Pork Loin 350°F (oven) 1 - 1.5 hrs 145°F
Pork Roast 250°F (oven) 4 - 8 hrs 190°F

Note: The above guidelines are only guardrails. Average time depends on size/amount of meat. Stoves and pans vary in performance as well; so to achieve perfectly cooked pork check temperature regularly within above time frames.

Pork FAQ

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What spices go best with pork?

Salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, paprika, and chili powder are good compliments to basic pork chop cooking - either on the grill or in a pan. Depending on the dish you're planning on making, pork can also benefit from a little sage, rosemary, cayenne, thyme, or coriander.

How long do you cook pork meat?

This really depends on the size of cut, the cut itself, and the cooking method. A better general reference is to use a meat thermometer and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 °F.

What temperature should pork be cooked at?

USDA recommends cooking pork to 145 °F.

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