Watch Cooking Channel

From Nose to Tail, Be Inspired by Pork

Butcher Demonstration - Joshua Applestone of Fleisher's

Joshua Applestone of Fleisher's

Our kitchens turned into pork central when Joshua Applestone of Fleisher’s led us in a “nose to tail” class. We butchered, cooked, developed recipes and got inspired by the awesomeness of great pork. Using every part is good economy and ecology (and how we need to think about all meats in general), but it’s also fabulous eating. It is remarkable what comes from thinking whole hog:

Bacon — the “gateway meat” — starts out as belly and is transformed by both its salty cure and a smoky finish. Pancetta, the Italian version is not smoked; the Irish keep the loin attached; and Canadians, in characteristic self-control, forgo the rich belly altogether and focus on the lean loin. Brits make rashers from this cut; the French make lardons, rillettes and rillon; and the Chinese stir-fry or red cook it. Amazingly, a new breed of hog-wild chefs has given pork belly a makeover as the ultimate fashionable fare.

Butcher Demonstration

So what’s right for family dinner? Go-to speedy chops from the loin: They can be center cut, thick or thin, T-bone-like with a tenderloin nugget, or boneless for medallions or cutlets. The best of this class are slightly rosy, firm, not flabby, nor pumped up with enhancing solutions. Pork tenderloins take pride of plate for being super lean and fast. Both chops and tenderloins feed and fuel us, whether they’re brined, braised, baked, broiled, grilled or seared.

Crowd-friendly roasts — juicy Porchetta, Pernil, Arrista, elegant rack or crowns — are cut from the fore and hind quarters or loin. This also includes fresh hams, picnics, blade roasts, sirloins and Boston butts (actually from the shoulder, but never mind). These cuts can be kind on the wallet and, when coaxed by gentle roasting, braising or slow cooking, make for fine party or weeknight eating.

Ribs — baby back, St. Louis, country and spare — find barbecue deliciousness in many styles, from vinegary Carolina, dry-rubbed Memphis, saucy Texas, lacquered Thai or citrusy Cuban. Gentle, smoky cooking marks these with a distinctive smoke ring and makes for a happy Mr. Brown (Southern for all things pork).

We love to Ham it up — cured, smoked or slow aged. Think silky Parma prosciutto, Iberian, Parisian, Polish, Black Forest, Yunnan, Virginia, country, citified, chestnut feed, steaks or just floating with cheese between bread.

Roasted Pigs Trotter Recipe

Roasted Pigs Trotter With Garlic and Herb Breadcrumbs courtesy Claudia Sidoti

Hats off to all those nasty bits, too, like scrapple, trotters, chitlins, cheeks and jowls, lardo, and offal, which make some squeamish and others relish in the highest form. We can’t deny the guilty pleasure of carnitas (don’t ask, the best are cooked in lard), addictive cracklings and crispy rinds. And a quality old-school hot dog holds an esteemed spot in our pantheon of pork.

Fatty, you say? But that’s pork’s charm! A little goes a long way. Drop a hock or a shank in a pot of beans or greens and y’all experience a classic Southern potlikker.

Thanks to the masters who transform pork into pates, terrines, speck, sopresatta, saussison, Andouille, Coppa or chorizo. Kudos to those who dig and tend hog pits with smoldering fires and then pull, chop and sauce pork into all-American blissfulness.

And let’s not forget the passionate farmers who raise heritage breeds like Berkshire, Tamworth, Mangalista and Ossabow. Those farmers both honor these animals and remind us that all this good eating starts with good farming.

Pork Chops Recipe

Grilled Pork Chops With Lentils and Swiss Chard, recipe courtesy Liz Tarpy

So next time pork is for dinner, have some fun and discover a new cut, preparation, or way of looking at this remarkable meat.

Need inspiration?

Get the recipes we developed in the kitchens:

Check out The Whole Hog Cookbook by Libbie Summers, and give a few of her best bacon recipes a try this week:

And visit La Quercia for some quality cured meat.

Tags:

Comments (1979)

  1. 2013 music posted 06/09/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool topic…

  2. binweevils codes posted 06/09/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  3. Bathmate Review posted 06/09/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  4. carry underwoods posted 06/10/2013

    The Absent Game…

    Amongst me and my husband we have owned additional MP3 players over the years than I can count, such as Sansas, iRivers, iPods (basic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of gamers….

  5. chinese escort posted 06/10/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  6. LCD TV Buying Guide posted 06/10/2013

    Looking around…

    I like to look around the internet, regularly I will just go to Digg and read and check stuff out…

  7. homes for sale sarasota fl posted 06/11/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am regularly proclaiming that its difficult to get good help, but here is…

  8. las cruces property for sale posted 06/11/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to blogs that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  9. norwex scam posted 06/11/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing Yahoo I found this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  10. Amtico flooring posted 06/11/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this website…

  11. see here posted 06/11/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting topic…

  12. pl.wallpaperson.com posted 06/11/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  13. torby papierowe posted 06/11/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]beneath you’ll see the link to few sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  14. read more posted 06/11/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and realized…

  15. mother of the bride hairstyles posted 06/11/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  16. health insurance quotes posted 06/12/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  17. http://www.paczka-24.pl posted 06/12/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool page that you might enjoy. Check it out[...]……

  18. Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  19. notariusz-kielce.eu posted 06/12/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

  20. work from home ideas posted 06/12/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  21. airbag module reset posted 06/13/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  22. Accident Line posted 06/13/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  23. Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  24. Clementine Gundersen posted 06/14/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  25. Ogden Homes posted 06/14/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  26. tomato festival posted 06/14/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to surf in various places on the online world, often I will go to Digg and follow thru…

  27. Homes For Sale In Sandy Utah posted 06/14/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool topic…

  28. Allie Stack posted 06/14/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  29. Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and found…

  30. find out more posted 06/14/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  31. Loans A2Z posted 06/14/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  32. Driving Lessons Swansea posted 06/14/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  33. Driving Lessons Stroud posted 06/14/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  34. HVAC Systems posted 06/14/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  35. cotton belt railroad posted 06/15/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  36. site internet posted 06/15/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and found…

  37. Make Money Writing Blogs posted 06/15/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  38. La Mesa dog trainer posted 06/15/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  39. Billige nike shox sko posted 06/15/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am regularly saying that its difficult to procure quality help, but here is…

  40. costauvongo posted 06/15/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  41. materace termoelastyczne posted 06/15/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in this post are valueable [...]……

  42. Maryland Daycare posted 06/16/2013

    Maryland Daycare…

    [...]please pay a visit to the web pages we adhere to, like this a single, as it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  43. free sex video posted 06/16/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this site…

  44. board shorts posted 06/16/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  45. Sacroiliac Pain posted 06/16/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and precise info but here I found…

  46. coffee maker posted 06/16/2013

    Looking around…

    I like to browse in various places on the web, often I will just go to Stumble Upon and follow thru…

  47. board short hurley posted 06/16/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  48. instant payday network posted 06/16/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to blogs that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  49. Packaging materials posted 06/17/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  50. QR Code for social media posted 06/17/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c