Because pork cuts will cook differently depending on their size and thickness, it is important to monitor pork temperature with a digital thermometer when grilling. Enjoy the best eating experience when cooking cuts such as pork chops and pork tenderloin between 145 degrees F. (medium-rare) and 160 degrees F. (well), with a 3-minute rest time after leaving the grill. Ground pork should always be cooked to 160 degrees F.
Grilling Pork Tips
- To prevent pork from sticking to the grate, scrub grates clean and coat with vegetable oil or a nonstick vegetable oil spray prior to using.
- Do not use sharp utensils that may pierce the pork when flipping, as piercing allows flavor-filled juices to escape. Use spatulas or tongs for turning.
- Frequently flipping pork on a cooler area of the grill is better than accidentally burning it on an area that is too hot.
- Sugar-based sauces (many commercial barbeque sauces) tend to burn if applied too early. Baste during the last few minutes of cooking.
- To check cooking temperature when using charcoal:
- Low – Ash coat is thick, red glow less visible
- Medium – Coals covered with light-gray ash
- High – Red glow visible through ash coating
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