Putting Pork on Your Fork: Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of The Pork Loin

Columbia, Mo.,— As uncertainty spreads during this national crisis, Missouri’s pig farmers continue to provide nutritious and affordable pork for your dinner table. Pork is extremely versatile and offers a wide choice of meal ideas while being one of your most cost-effective choices.


“Many consumers are now finding themselves back in the kitchen or may be cooking pork for the first time. Pork provides quick, easy and economical meal solutions,” said Marcus Belshe, pig farmer from Henley, Missouri and chairman of the Missouri Pork Association.


One of the most versatile cuts is the pork loin. Just one whole loin can provide several meals for a family, from ribs to chops to roasts. And, it’s affordability can’t be beat.


Start by using the sirloin end for a hearty Black Bean Chili or a Chili Rub Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. The center portion of the loin is lean, and can be used as a roast, boneless chops, or chunks for kabobs.  Recipes such as this Simply Saucy Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin, Parmesan-Crusted New York Pork Chops or Peachy Pork Picante are easy and delicious. The rib end of the loin also has some great dinnertime options, including Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub and Spicy Korean Pork Skewers.


Proper cooking is the key to great pork loin. The cut is best when cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F, then allowing to rest for three minutes. Following the pork cooking temperature guidelines will not only result in a safe eating experience, but also preserve the quality of your pork for a juicy, tender and delicious meal.


For more cooking tips and hundreds of great pork recipes, visit www.pork.org/cooking.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information on the association, visit www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.