Cruising in Mexico, many times I didn’t know the Spanish word for a particular cut of meat that I wanted. But with the cut chart that I had downloaded, I could compare what was in the grocery with the cut I wanted — or better yet, show my picture to the butcher who would invariably bring the right thing out.
Below are three good cut charts (one bilingual in Spanish and English), and well as a cooking time chart. These are all PDF’s — click to view, or right click and “Save File As” (or whatever similar phrase your browser uses) to just download it.
- Canadian Pork Cuts Chart, shown above (PDF, 870 KB): Shows the cuts and also has a wealth of food safety and cooking information. I had hoped that, being Canadian, there would be a French version, but there isn’t.
- US Pork Cuts Chart (PDF): Basic cuts.
- Pork Retail Cuts in Spanish (PDF, 487 KB) — it’s actually bilingual, so if you have a cut in mind in English, you can find out what it is in Spanish — or show the chart to the butcher. (Thanks to a reader named Lisa who found this when I didn’t!)
- Pork Cooking Times and Temperatures (PDF, 98KB): Lists virtually every cut you could think of, tells the best way to cook it, the approximate time it will take, and the safe internal temperature reading for a meat thermometer.
My choices would be the bilingual chart and the cooking times chart, but I included the US cut chart for its high resolution pictures if you have the bandwidth to download it.