Whether you’re roasting, grilling, braising, or broiling – in the kitchen or in your backyard – the key to learning to cook meat is to know your temperatures. Understanding how long too cook your meat, and at what temperature, is the essence of becoming a self-taught chef. Overcooked meat is no fun to eat, while undercooked meat can pose serious health risks for you and your guests.
The world’s top chefs know that getting your temperatures right is all-important when it comes to cooking meat. Precision in temperature will help you cook delicious meat and build your confidence as a chef over time.
As you increase your meat-cooking mastery, you can play around with subtle variations in temperature, and use the temperature checklist below, first as a hard set of rules and then as guidelines.
As you get more comfortable with how fast your meat will cook, consult this simple meat cooking temperature chart, which will help you familiarize yourself with the process – and the tasty results.