is medium rare pork tenderloin safe?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sonnysmoker, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. sonnysmoker

    sonnysmoker Newbie

    Smoked two pork tenderloins today, pulled at 135. Was still quite pink, but had great flavor and was tender/juicy. The pork tenderloin never reached 140F. Is it safe to eat tenderloin at this temperature? 
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    First off, welcome to SMF!

    When you get a chance would you swing by Roll Call & introduce yourself.

    Then we can all give you a proper welcome.

    We go by the USDA guidelines for safe temps to eat meat. For pork that would be 145.

    However, I like my pork on the pink side like you do & I pull mine at 140.

    Some of the celebrity chefs will pull theirs at 135. 

    I am not going to say that it is safe at that temp, but it sure is nice & juicy!

  3. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You ate it already , why the question? So you stress out at the first burp?
  4. For what it's worth, I recently did a little research into the risk of trichinosis (relative to making some capicola). According to this page, the risk of trichinosis is about 1 in 154 million. That's really quite low.
  5. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    True, but there are other microscopic critters out there that are mostly killed off at 140 degrees.  That's why here at SMF, we all recommend the cooking temps set by the USDA.

    Not trying to poo poo your research, just stating what the forum owner, and members, have committed to doing, and that is to provide good and SAFE information regarding the cooking and consumption of meats and meat products.
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    USDA used to say 160° was the safe Temp---That was usually Dry.

    Then about 5 years ago they changed & said 145° is Safe----That is never Dry!

  7. Roger that.

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