Pork Main Dishes and Entrees

Our family certainly doesn’t eat as much pork as we used to; there are strong indications that the red meats just aren’t that good for us. That doesn’t mean we don’t pull out a few favorites now and then, some old Heritage recipes, others newer.

Many dishes made with pork shoulder can be made with the loin, and visa versa.


Large Pork Roast (Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder): Information on how to buy, when to buy, what price to buy at, as well as step by step directions on how to cut and break down into three reasonable sized roasts more suitable to a family.

Pork Tenderloin: How to buy it at a budget price and how to prepare it for cooking. You should always remove the silverskin and give it at least a perfunctory tie. The same goes for a beef tenderloin.


ham-balls-2Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet & Sour Glaze: A very old-fashioned recipe with the most surprising glaze. Utterly delish – this deserves to be more than a regional specialty. Probably German in origin.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer & Bourbon Glazed Ham: Just the name is a mouthful, but you will be amazed by this simple to make but complex tasting glaze over your gorgeous ham.

Old fashioned ham loafOld-Fashioned Ham Loaf: This recipe is printed exactly as it came out of my Grandmother’s recipe box, and tastes exactly as I remembered. A hint of clove adds a haunting flavor.

blackeyed peasTraditional Black Eyed Peas: Make this with your ham bone or other cuts of pork, this is so simple and so delish and is really a world class dish! Try brining your beans overnight and they’ll cook to perfection.

Pork Loin

Apple Glazed Stuffed xApple Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops: A very doable dish, a quick brine adds flavor and moisture, stuffing adds flavor and the glaze is gorgeous, adding color without dryness. These are superb.

Cumin Dusted Pork ChopsCumin Dusted Pork Chops with Citrus Glaze: An easy 10 minute dinner that practically explodes with flavor? A Bon Appetit make over, I overlooked them, but luckily my Step-Mom didn’t!

creamy mushroom pork chops4Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops: Out of this world delish, you’d never guess that this is a “light” dish under 30 minutes. The gravy is glorious, with just a touch of sour cream to take it over the top.

curry pork3Curried Pork Stew: A simple little dish with a lot of possible variations, this pork is prepped in minutes and simmered until rich and tender. A perfect basic recipe to dress up.

Herb Rubbed Beer Brined Pork ChopsHerb Rubbed Beer Brined Chops with Roasted Potatoes: I took my first bite and said out loud, “Oh my gosh!” Incredibly moist and flavorful – and, bonus, these are oven roasted with potatoes!

Pork Chops with Plum CompotePork Chops with Plum Compote: The brine keeps these juicy and delish and the compote takes it over the top – the grilled plums don’t hurt anything, either! Quick but just special enough for company.

pork larb1xPork Larb with Sticky Rice: Larb is a wonderfully flavored salad that can be made with almost any protein, full of herbs, loaded with finely shredded fresh vegetables, it’s a feast.

Smothered Pork Chops with Onion GravySmothered Pork Chops with Onion Gravy: A down home favorite lifted off of Cook’s Illustrated, and yes, they were able to teach this Midwesterner a few tips! Of course, I had to make a few adaptations.

Sweet Bourbon Maple Brined Pork ChopsSweet Bourbon Maple Chops: A simple, succulent & juicy brined pork chop accented by a Sweet Bourbon Sauce that is so good you might just want to eat it on its own.

Pork Ribs

sticky ribs xAsian Sticky Ribs, Gordon Ramsey’s: Sticky, sweet, sour and full of mind-blowing flavor, these ribs have a sophistication not found in most recipes. You’ll love the flavor and how perfectly these cook up!

Slow Cooker Baby Back RibsSlow Cooker Baby Back Ribs: I used to be a smoked rib snob, but not anymore! These are perfect for any old day, and even better when it’s too hot to grill. I have a few secrets that make them great!

Country Ribs

country-style-ribs-slow-cookerCountry Style Ribs in the Slow Cooker: Lovingly rubbed with a Sweet Heat Rub, cooked long and low, these ribs are luscious. Finish of with your fave sauce or maybe my Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce.


Pork Tenderloin

Bacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed TenderloinBacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Pork Tenderloin: Stuffed with so much goodness, a simple sauce with wine, and quick, too, this is a great special occasion meal. Make two!

Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Rhubarb Cranberry ChutneyPork Tenderloin with Rhubarb Compote: Let me count the ways how good this is – and not just the pork with a lovely Fennel Spice Rub – the Rhubarb Compote is gonna steal the show.

Pork TenderloinPork Tenderloin with Sauce Poivrade: Super easy and fast, this is one of the most requested meals for celebrations at our house and is out of this world fantastic.Adapted from Thomas Keller.

Pork Shoulder

Brunswick Stew, Georgia StyleBrunswick Stew, Georgia Style: This barbecue restaurant staple is easy to make at home, it just takes some good low and slow cooking. Full of bbq flavor, thick and hearty, it’s a meal in itself.

202aCrock Pot Slow Cooker Pulled Pork or Brisket: Cooked in the oven or the crock pot, this is an easy, old-fashioned version of a bbq meal – the one that uses Lipton Onion Soup. Still an old family fave.

cuban5(1)Cuban Pork Roast, Lechon Asado: Flavored heavily with a citrusy garlic Mojo, this roast is slowly transformed into a meltingly delicious wonderment! Seriously, you have got to try this easy recipe.

Momofuku's Bo SsamMomofuku’s Bo Ssam: Insanely good and stupid simple, this pork from Chef David Chang will make you look like a genius! Use this is wraps (or just tear apart with your hands!)

New Mexican Carne AdovadaNew Mexican Carbe Adovada: A little spiciness balanced by a lot of earthy soul, spiked with a touch of vinegar. You’ll go nuts for this caramelized goodness! Use in tacos, burritos, bowls, etc.

pernilPernil – Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder: A very traditional dish, drop dead simple, but so delish! Love all the crispy, caramelized bits from the high heat and the luscious pork inside. Try it in the slow cooker, too.

Three Cheese Enchiladas7Three Cheese Enchiladas with Braised Pork and Ranchero Sauce: Whether you make them leaner or oooey gooey cheesy, these are a world-class dish! Tangy Ranchero, gorgeous cheese!

Oven Braised Pork 3Oven Braised Pork with Vegetables: Pork Shoulder treated like a pot roast, slowly braised in stock and wine in the French manner. A true one pot dinner, potatoes & carrots round out the meal.

Puerco en Salsa Verde1Puerco con Chile Verde: a slow braise of pork in a tomatillo, green chili sauce, this is incredible with as a meal or served as tacos. I’ve taken this recipe back to its roots & it’s made how it was meant to be.

pulled-pork xxxPulled Pork in the Slow Cooker: When you can’t smoke, consider making this lovely dish in the Southern way – use a rub! This set it and forget it method is so good, so easy.

Mexican Shredded Pork1Shredded Mexican Style Pork: Shredded Pork is perfect for tostados, tacos or burritos. This is what Chipotle would make if they could lovingly braise their pork in a flavorful sauce for hours.

vaguely-vietnamese-slow-cooker-tacos-2Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos: This is a marvelous recipe adapted from the New York Times. There are some surprise additions culled from the comments. We love it!


Sausage & Potato Sheet Tray BakeEasy Sausage Sheet Tray Bake: You can toss everything on a pan and get dinner on the table or take a few very simple steps and serve up something absolutely marvelous! Fast & easy.

jambalaya xJambalaya: An absolute classic and every bit as good as any of the other “world-class” rice dishes, a melange of vegetables, sausage, chicken and rice is simmered to a lovely perfection.

Lentils with ChorizoLentils with Chorizo and Carrots: A little Chorizo, a smidge of bacon, and a touch of red wine adds tremendous flavor to these lentils. Rich and earthy, this is a favorite and loved by kids and adults.

Red Beans & Rice xRed Beans and Rice: Silky beans simmered with sausage, this New Orlean’s classic is absolutely full of down home flavor, and couldn’t cost less. This is an exceptional version.

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