Monday, June 24, 2013

Pork: Be Inspired

Everyone knows Pork is the other white meat, but it also gets a bad wrap. Many times pork is considered as unhealthy and/or dry. Both of those things are untrue and its time to give Pork another chance.


Keep your pork moist by not overcooking it!

Both the USDA and the National Pork Board recommend using a digital cooking thermometer to get an accurate internal temperature reading for your pork. While an internal temperature between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), followed by a 3-minute rest is where you want to be for chops, tenderloin and roasts, ground pork should always be cooked to 160° F and pre-cooked ham can be reheated to 140° F.

Looking for a healthy pork choice?

Pork tenderloin is certified to carry the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark, making it a heart-healthy choice for you and your family. Each serving of pork tenderloin packs tons of nutrients and, ounce for ounce, is as lean as skinless chicken breast!

 I got my chance through BzzAgent, I received a BzzCampaign where I was given a coupon to purchase a pork product from my local Kroger store. I picked up pork loin chops and I was worried that they would come out dry. I followed the USDA and National Pork Board recommendations for cooking the pork and they turned out moist and so juicy that you could cut them with a fork. I am definitely a fan of pork again. What truly amazes me is that there are so many ways to prepare pork, so if your interested in spicing your pork up check out the links and recipe below.
Pork Be Inspired website
Pork Be Inspired on Pinterest


Here is a recipe that your sure to love!

Smoky Rubbed Pork Chops

  • 4 boneless top loin pork chops
  • 2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, OR granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, OR granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
Mix paprika, chili powder, thyme, salt, granulated garlic, granulated onion and pepper and in small bowl. Rub both sides of pork chops with spice mixture. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes.
Grill over medium-hot fire until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serving Suggestions: Celebrate grilling season with these chops. Serve with Grilled New Potato Salad with Bacon and Scallions, Herbed Steamed Vegetables and Grilled Pineapple with Molasses-Lime Butter for dessert.

Now Grab Some Pork and Be Inspired!

For this campaign I was given a discount from BzzAgent to purchase products.