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Question re Internal Temp of Pork Ribs - Safe to Eat?

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My pork ribs are taking a long time to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I first boiled 2 lbs of ribs in water and seasoning for one hour. Then baked the ribs in a 325 degree oven for 1.5 hours. The internal temperature is only reading around 140 degrees. After all this boiling and baking shouldn't the ribs be safe to eat?


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  1. They're safe to eat at 155F. - 160F. degrees if you were starting from raw but you already cooked them when you boiled them so IMO they're over cooked now that you've also baked then for 1 1/2 hours.

    1. They should be safe to eat from all that "cooking".
      You probably can't get an accurate reading on the ribs. I've never taken the temperature of ribs, Quick look and if you don't see any uncooked "pink" meat, they should be fine.

      If they were baby back ribs they're definitely done.

      1. Pork is safe to eat at 137* ~~ Just to be sure 140*

        You might wanna check your thermometer for accuracy ~~~

        1. Thanks everyone for the comments and helpful ideas! Kids are eating ribs now, will report back if there are any casualties.

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          1. re: sickpuppygirl

            Report back on the flavor, too. Boiling ribs is usually good only if you're going to make soup.

          2. Please don't boil the ribs. All that does is leach out flavor. If you wish to parcook them before grilling them or broiling them, wrap them in foil and put them in the oven at 325 for a couple of hours. They will steam in their own juices and keep more of their flavor.