How to cook pork
Cooking large pork joints
Pork, like any meat, is guaranteed to be tastier when cooked correctly and not overcooked. Different cuts of pork benefit from different cooking methods. For a large joint, like a pork shoulder, it's best to cook it slowly on a low heat, which will result in tender pulled pork and is incredibly easy to do.
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If you’re here to find ideas of what to do with pork, then check out our pulled pork recipes.
Discover how to cook all types of pork cuts below.
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Cooking small pork cuts
Smaller and leaner cuts of pork, like loin and fillet medallions and trimmed loin steaks, benefit from being cooked quickly over a medium heat and are perfect for quick and easy, midweek meals. A top tip to ensure you have succulent pork every time is to pop the pork between plastic wrap or into a plastic food bag and to beat it with a mallet, rolling pin, or the bottom of a pan, before cooking. This will break down the meat fibers to make it more tender and will also ensure a more consistent and even cook.
What do marinades do?
A marinade will help the pork be really succulent and flavoursome. Even a quick and easy marinade for 10 minutes while you prep your veg or other ingredients will help. The marinating process helps break down the proteins in the meat fibres and softens the surface, tenderising the meat. If you’re super organised, an over-night marinade will make the pork ultimately juicier and melt-in-the-mouth.
The importance of rest
Pork benefits from a rest time before and after cooking. So ensure it’s at room temperature before you cook it and allow it to rest for around two minutes once removed from the heat – trust us, the proof will be in the pork!
How do I know when pork is cooked?
Pork should be thoroughly cooked until steaming hot throughout, the meat is no longer pink and the meat juices run clear. Ideally with an internal temperature of 75-80°C for medium or 80-85°C for well done using a meat thermometer. After that, it's time to dig in - yum!