Pork Loin cooking time

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jlr1973, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. jlr1973

    jlr1973 Newbie

    I have seen on several of the post that you should stop cooking a pork tender loin at an internal temperature of 195 degrees.  At any point prior to that should you wrap it in foil?  Are there any rules of thumb for the pork loin like the 3-2-1 for ribs? 
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    A tenderloin I would only smoke it till 140 and let rest 15-20 minutes and enjoy. [​IMG]
  3. jlr1973

    jlr1973 Newbie

    When you say rest, what does that mean….I’m still new to this…lol
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is this a loin, or a tenderloin?  They cook way differently.

    Resting is simply letting the meat sit for a while before slicing.  Different cuts need a different time and different method for resting.

    With a little more info, and maybe some pics from you, there are lots of experienced folks here just waiting to help you out a bit when you need it.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  5. jlr1973

    jlr1973 Newbie

    Ok…I just checked the meat and it is definitely a Pork Loin, not a tenderloin. It is 8.5 pounds.   
  6. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I would still smoke it like I said above, will just take a bit longer, and yes resting is just letting it sit covered for a while to let the juices gather so they don't run when you slice. Don't forget the camera!!![​IMG]
  7. jlr1973

    jlr1973 Newbie

    Thanks for the info.  I’ll be smoking it next Saturday. I’ll post some pictures then. 
  8. smokinal

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

    You may want to wrap it in bacon to help keep it moist.

    They are so lean they tend to dry out.

    Personally we pull ours out at 140 & during the rest they climb up to 145.

    Good luck!

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