When you think of busting out the grill and making supper–what do you think of? Steaks? Chicken? Burgers?
Do you think of pork?
Well why not! Pork is economical, lean, filling and flavorful. It can be cooked in many of the same ways as both steak and chicken. When you think summer grilling, the National Pork Board wants you to think PORK!
To help everyone think of pork for grilling, the Pork Board has re-named all the pork cuts to match the identical cuts you’d find in a steer. The new names you’ll be seeing soon in your local shops are:
- Porterhouse Pork Chop (Previous name: Loin Chop)
- Ribeye Pork Chop, Bone-In (Previous name: Rib Chop Center)
- Ribeye Pork Chop (Previous name: Rib Chop)
- New York Pork Chop (Previous name: Top Loin Chop)
My local stores haven’t started labeling with the new names yet, but I spoke with the butcher and his assistant in my local Walmart and they were both aware of the new names and helped me find some of the cuts in my meat case.
That’s right–your local grocery store most likely has a butcher. Those folks you see hanging out back behind the meat case aren’t just checkout clerks pulling additional duty–they are butchers and they really know their meat. If you have questions about any cut of meat, what it’s good for and how to cook it they are usually more then happy to share that knowledge with you!
Pork really is a great value compared to beef. Each Monday through July the Pork Be Inspired site is sharing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) weekly price comparisons. You’ll be able to see how the national average price for pork chops and their steak counter-parts compare! Here’s what the numbers look like for this week:
And don’t forget to enter the Pork Chop Drop, a fun game where you can play for instant prizes and a chance to win $1000–just head to the Pork Chop Drop page, log in (or connect with Facebook), read pork tips and answer 3 trivia questions!