While most people turn to chicken or beef for dinner, pork can make a good meal too; and often times it'll cost you much less than red meat. Pork is perfectly juicy and tender when cooked well. Unfortunately, it has seen its fair share of poor cooking (the most common issue being overcooked and dry), which has given pork an unfavorable reputation with many home cooks.

Don't let this deter you. Click through the slideshow to see how to cook pork well in a variety of ways. Quick tip: pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees (ground pork to 160 degrees).

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  • Shallow-Frying

    Frying pork is a great cooking method when you're using breading. It gets a nice crunchy exterior, but still remains juicy. Shallow frying it still gives you the nice crisp exterior that you enjoy of fried foods without too much mess or fat. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/parmesan-crusted-pork-cho_n_1057259.html" target="_hplink">Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-tonkatsu_n_1058624.html" target="_hplink">Pork Tonkatsu recipe</a></strong>

  • Baking

    Thin pork chops are the great cut for baking. They take just minutes to cook, and if you finish them off for a minute in the broiler they'll be nicely browned. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mustard-crumbed-pork-chop_n_1057090.html" target="_hplink">Mustard Crumbed Pork Chops recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-loin-chops-with-appl_n_1057635.html" target="_hplink"> Pork Loin Chops with Apple, Sage and Onion Tarts recipe</a></strong>

  • Slow-Cooking

    Slow-cooking pork offers incredibly tender results -- and almost guarantees a ton of flavor. A perk of using the slow-cooking method is that you can buy more economical cuts of pork, such as the shoulder, and still end up with a succulent dish. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/slow-cooked-cuban-pork-sh_n_1057339.html" target="_hplink">Cuban Pork Shoulder recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/slow-roasted-pork-shoulde_n_1055162.html" target="_hplink">Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder recipe</a></strong>

  • Stir-Frying

    Stir-frying is a great method to turn to for a busy weeknight dinner. To stir-fry pork treat it just as you would chicken or beef. Cut it into thin strips and quickly cook it in the pan. Freeze the meat for 15 minutes before slicing, it makes it easier to slice it thinly. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/pork--snap-pea-lo-mein_n_1515569.html" target="_hplink">Pork & Snap Pea Lo Mein recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork--bok-choy-stir-fry_n_1062036.html" target="_hplink">Pork & Bok Choy Stir-Fry recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilling

    When the weather's warm, grilling pork makes a great dinner option. If grilling pork tenderloin, be sure to slice of the silver skin which can make the meat tough. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caramelized-asian-pork-ch_n_1058271.html" target="_hplink">Caramelized Asian Pork Chops recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spanish-pork-burgers_n_1056037.html" target="_hplink">Spanish Pork Burgers recipe</a></strong>

  • Marinating

    Marinating pork can help ensure you get a nice, juicy result. You can marinate it for under an hour or overnight, depending on your time frame. Though the longer you marinate, the more flavors the pork will soak in. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/jerk-pork-tenderloin-with_n_1058506.html" target="_hplink">Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chipotle-marinated-pork-t_n_1049596.html" target="_hplink">Chipotle-Marinated Pork Tenderloin recipe</a></strong>

  • Stewing

    When pork is cooked incorrectly it can come out tough and dry, but stewing it provides fork-tender results every time. To draw out the flavor of the pork, give it a nice sear in the pan before adding it to the stew. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-pork-and-hominy-chi_n_1057343.html" target="_hplink">Green Pork and Hominy Chili recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-and-black-bean-pork_n_1057163.html" target="_hplink">Green and Black Bean Pork Posole recipe</a></strong>

  • Roasting

    Roasting pork is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table with minimal effort. Roast pork in a shallow pan for roughly 20 minutes per pound. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-tenderloin-nicoise_n_1056907.html" target="_hplink">Pork Tenderloin Nicoise recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/saltimbocca-style-pork-te_n_1056909.html" target="_hplink">Saltimbocca-Style Pork Tenderloin recipe</a></strong>

  • Shredding

    While shredding pork is not necessarily a cooking method of its own, it is a well-loved way of enjoying this meat. To get shredded pork it's often roasted at a low temperature, with a bit of water. Once cooked shred the meat with forks. Then add a sauce to tie it all together; barbecue sauce always works well. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sweet-and-tangy-pulled-po_n_1061391.html" target="_hplink">Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-bbq-pork_n_1057245.html" target="_hplink">BBQ Pork recipe</a></strong>

  • Pan-Searing

    Who doesn't enjoy a nice browning on their piece of meat? Pan-searing pork gets you that effect, and it takes just minutes. Most pork chops need only 3-4 minutes on each side. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pan-seared-pork-chops-wit_n_1058598.html" target="_hplink">Pork Chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pan-seared-pork-chops-wit_n_1059578.html" target="_hplink">Pork Chops with Cider Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Braising

    Braising pork is a nice hands-off method with a great outcome. Quickly sear the meat in the same pot you'll braise it in; then slowly cook it in a simmering liquid -- finishing off the cooking and infusing it with flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-braised-in-red-chile_n_1056888.html" target="_hplink">Pork Braised in Red Chile Sauce recipe</a></strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/braised-pork-and-fennel-m_n_1059843.html" target="_hplink">Pork and Fennel Meatballs recipe</a></strong>

  • Broiling

    Broiling pork is a similar process to baking only you get a darker, crisper exterior. Don't stray to far from the oven when broiling because it takes just minutes for it to go from perfectly cooked to overdone. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spiced-pork-chops_n_1057257.html" target="_hplink">Spiced Pork Chops recipe</a></strong>

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