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How to Cook Pork Properly

 Learn how to cook the different cuts of pork. 

Pork can be served so many ways: you can prepare it by smoking, roasting, braising, pulling, frying, barbecuing and more. It is also bacon, sausage, ham, and much more.

Pork is so versatile that the options are endless for making memorable and healthy meals. From sausages on the grill or pork chops in a frying pan, to flavourful pulled pork in an Instant Pot, there are so many ways to cook pork.

What is the internal temperature for pork?

The internal temperature of pork should reach 155 F (68 C) while cooking; then rested/tented until the final temperature reaches 160 F (71 C).

For any pork recipe you make, please use a meat thermometer to ensure your pork has reached the above safe internal temperature (160 F / 71 C). Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the cut - not touching bone, fat, or stuffing - to get the most accurate reading.


For a printable version of how to cook pork, you can download our Preparing Ontario Pork - Roasting and Grilling Guide


Food Safety at Home

Ontario pork producers are very aware of the importance of providing consumers with a safe food supply and they take that responsibility very seriously. They eat the same foods as you do. Today’s producers are highly educated and use the latest technology – products and equipment – to feed, care for, monitor and keep records on the animals under their care.

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