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Meat Cooking and Grilling Temperatures
 
 

Meat Cooking and Grilling Temperatures

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What is the recommended temperature to grill your meat at?

When you have meat on the fire or grill, you often use your gut feel of when the meat is done, but what are the actual temperatures different kinds of meat should be grilled or cooked at and what temperature is generally specified for the degree of doneness.

Food Safety

Dad-DIY.com recommends that you always check cooking temperatures of meats and poultry with your local or national food authority.

I’ve listed temperatures below.

Please Note: Temperatures are rounded off the the closest 5 degrees.

Poultry

Poultry is enjoyed by alot of people as it is available in abundance and well priced. There are many great poultrty recipes available, especially done on a grill or fire, resulting in a crisp, salty skin with a succulant and tasty meat. Just be must that it is properly cooked, but don’t overcook it as it can easily become dry.

Poultry – White Meat

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Poultry – Dark Meat

Cooking temperature: 165° Fahrenheit / 75° Celsius

Ground Poultry (includes sausage and burgers)

Cooking temperature: 165° Fahrenheit / 75° Celsius

Pork

In my book this is one of the meats with the most flavour. Pork is also very versatile and can be used in a whole array of dishes, but as with poultry you want to make sure it is properly cooked. Nothing beats a bit of crisp crackling out the oven or off the grill.

All of the cooking below is followed by a 3-minute resting period.

Pork – Medium

Cooking temperature: 145° Fahrenheit / 65° Celsius

Pork – Well Done

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

GrouPork – Medium

Cooking temperature: 145° Fahrenheit / 65° Celsius

Ground Pork (includes sausage and burgers)

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Lamb

Although some parts of the world don’t rate lamb as a favourite, I think its up there with the top meats when it come to flavour and versatility. Lamb also has less fat than mutton. Great for grills, curries, stews and the like.

All of the cooking below is followed by a 3-minute resting period.

Lamb – Medium Rare

Cooking temperature: 130° Fahrenheit / 55° Celsius

Lamb – Medium

Cooking temperature: 140° Fahrenheit / 60° Celsius

Lamb – Medium Well

Cooking temperature: 150° Fahrenheit / 65° Celsius

Lamb – Well Done

Cooking temperature: 155° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Ground Lamb (includes sausage and burgers)

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Beef

I’ve kept the best for last. Beef is the definetly meat fit for a king. Its the most awesomest, awesomest, awesomest… I think you get the idea. I love a piece of beef fillet, rare on the inside and so much flavour on the char grilled outside. Or a stacked burger, I could go on, but before I forget, here are the temperatures.

All of the cooking below is followed by a 3-minute resting period.

Beef – Rare

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Beef – Medium Rare

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Beef – Medium

Cooking temperature: 140° Fahrenheit / 60° Celsius

Beef – Medium Well

Cooking temperature: 150° Fahrenheit / 65° Celsius

Beef – Well Done

Cooking temperature: 155° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Ground Beef (includes sausage and burgers)

Cooking temperature: 160° Fahrenheit / 70° Celsius

Before you get to scientific about the temperatures and cooking/grilling, remember that with time you will develop a feel for it, afterall its all about the experience and satifaction of enjoying your well prepared meat afterwards, and seeing the same appreciation on others faces.

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