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Marinating Pork

Marinades and marinating times for Cuts of Pork

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Tougher cuts of pork need a strong marinade and time for it to work. Tender cuts of pork may not need to be marinated for tenderness but the flavor and healthy benefits are still there (see Marinades). Plan on about 1/4 cup of marinade per pound of pork. This is a general rule and largely depends on what you are putting the pork and marinade into. I like 1 gallon Ziptop bags for marinating but larger cuts may need to be placed in a large container. Make sure that you turn the pork periodically so that the marinade works evenly.

Pork Marinating Times

PrimalCutsMarinating Times
Whole Shoulder16 to 24 hours
Shoulder ButtRoasts over 8 pounds10 to 12 hours
Shoulder ButtRoasts under 8 pounds6 to 8 hours
Picnic ShoulderRoasts over 8 pounds10 to 12 hours
Picnic ShoulderRoasts under 8 pounds6 to 8 hours
Loin (Large Roasts)Bone-In, Boneless4 to 6 hours
Loin (Small Roasts)Tenderloin2 to 4 hours
Loin (Ribs)Baby Back Ribs, Country-Style Ribs2 to 4 hours
Loin (Chops)Pork Chops2 to 4 hours
Spare Rib/BellySpare Ribs (Whole Rack)2 to 4 hours
Spare Rib/BellySpare Ribs (Individual Cut)1 to 2 hours
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