What Is: Internal Temperature?

You’ve read tens of hundreds of recipes in preparation for your first cook and you keep seeing the phrase, “internal temperature.”

What does this mean?!

Is it the temperature internally of the grill?

Could it be the room temp of my home??


It’s what the temperature of the FOOD you’re cooking is. Almost all recipes will have instructions based around the “internal temperature” of the food; i.e. wrap a pork butt at an internal temp of 165, or chicken is done at an internal temperature of 165, or anything else you can think of.

Internal temperature is simply the temperature of the food you’re cooking and you’ll want to pay close attention to that because it mean the difference between raw food and perfectly cooked food.


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