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Pork: The Forgotten Meat

Since we typically think of jerky as being a very lean meat, i.e., venison, buffalo, beef; pork typically does not  come to mind.  But, if you use the pork loin – as strips, cubed, minced or ground –  pork can be a tasty, economical alternative for making jerky.

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porkjerky_bakkwaThe recipes for pork jerky were pretty much the same as for any other homemade jerky.  However, we did come across a Chinese jerky – Bak Kwa.  This recipe made use of pork using either strips or minced pork.  While the author of the article preferred the strips, they said the pork jerky using the minced pork was easier for the home cook to prepare.

As you might suspect, making this type of jerky leans towards ingredients with a Chinese flavor including fish sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, 5-spice powder, etc. – so if you are a fan of Chinese food, you would probably like this jerky.

 

You can find the recipes for the two types of Bak Kwa at this link. 

 

 

 

 

Most of the other recipes  for making pork jerky were the same as for any other jerky except some recommended you smoke the pork jerky for added flavor.  Others called for adding in some bourbon into the marinade to enhance the flavor.

If you plan on making  pork jerky  follow the same rules as for making any other type of jerky.

  • Use the best cut (loin) you can find
  • Keep it lean (trim off fat)
  • Use a cure
  • Add your favorite flavors

A couple of pork recipes that sounded really tasty are below. We’ve  only listed the ingredients followed by a link to the full recipe.

Pork Jerky No. 1 [1]

  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • porkjerky_loin21/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1-1/4 Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBS Black Pepper
  • 2 TBS Salt

 

Get complete recipe here 

 

Pork Jerky No. 2 [2]

  • 5 lbs lean pork
  • 2 1/2 TBSP pickling salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp Prague Powder *
  • 2/3 tsp cloves, ground
  • 2 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 2- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 -1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 – 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1- 1/4 cups honey
  • 1- 1/4 cup no-pulp orange juice

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Get full recipe at this link

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*Prague powder is the same as  – Pink Curing Salt 1 (2lb Prague Powder) by Anthony’s, Verified Gluten-Free – available on Amazon.

 

[1]    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/122948/can-i-make-jerky-from-pork

[2]  https://www.dakotahsausagestuffer.com/Articles.asp?ID=430

 

Jerky (as an Ingredient)

To some, jerky is the quintessential snack. Looking beyond that — it can be used as an ingredient in certain dishes giving them a unique, new flavor.

Granted the nature of jerky somewhat limits the dishes, but with a little creativity – and daring,  a whole new world of eating can open up.

With that thought in mind, went ‘net surfing’ for different ways jerky could be used as an ingredient.   And rather than put all the recipes here, we’ve placed links to the pages, blogs, etc. where you can find the recipes.

As you might think, most were unique hot entrees (of sorts) with the tomato sauce one turning up more than once.   Did find a salad or two which was a surprise.  Would never have thought of that.

For those so inclined to try using their jerky for something other than snacking, we’ve listed a few of our favorites food finds below.   When looking at these recipes, don’t be shy about adding your own touches or other ingredients if you are so inclined.

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The next 4 recipes can be found here.

Cornbread with jerky   –  sounds good to us.

Biscuits with jerky gravy – we think sausage gravy is better the next day after the flavors blend. Jerky gravy might be the same.

Tomato sauce – saw this one frequently.

Beans with jerky – think they might be ranch beans??

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Next recipe plus a few others can be found here

Curried fried rice with jerky – can be found at this link along with some other recipes including papaya salad w/jerky; charquican; spicy kimchi noodles.

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These next recipes all sounded  good too.

Salad with grated jerky  – chef salad

Tomato sauce – we’d add onions too

Roasted Brussels sprouts – can anything make them taste good??

Omelet – add in some cheese, onions, peppers, etc. too

Oatmeal topping – have to wonder about this one

Any soup (or stew) – love soup and stew

Deviled egg garnish  – think it would have to be finely grated for this one and maybe  leave out the salt when preparing the deviled eggs

 

Get the recipes for the above – along with a couple of others (Bloody Mary) – at this link.

 

 

No-Name Soup

The following is my wife’s recipe for what she calls ‘No Name Soup’. It is an easy fix using leftovers if you have them.  Otherwise use canned soup, black-eyed peas, macaroni, cabbage and sausage that’s been smoked.  Replacing the smoked sausage with bite-sized pieces of jerky sticks (that have been soaked) would work just fine.  It is delicious, by the way.

Ingredients

  • 1 – 2 cans of  Minnestroni or vegetarian vegetable soup
  • 1 can water (no water if using Progresso soup)
  • 1 can chicken or beef broth
  • 1/2 can black-eyed peas (with liquid)
  • 1/2 onion (sauteed in 1-2 TBSP olive oil)
  • 1/4 head cabbage, coarsely chopped and pre-cooked
  • 1  cup macaroni
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 1 -2 links cooked sausage (smoked is best)
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Sauté onion in olive oil till soft, add soup, water, broth – cover and bring to a low boil.
  2. Add in macaroni, cover.  Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook till macaroni is almost tender.
  3. Add in black-eyed peas, tomatoes, partially cooked cabbage, and cooked sausage – cover and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes.  Give it a stir about every minute or so to mix it all up.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste

 

Final Thought

For most of the recipes we found the jerky was either grated, chopped or soaked. And one recipe called specifically for ‘smoked’ jerky.  Would think if smoked jerky weren’t available, maybe a teaspoon or so of liquid smoke in the recipe would help give the ‘smoked’ flavor.  Just a thought.

 

 

Desserts – Old & New

Man does not live by meat alone, so I’m getting my wife to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert recipes . The recipes below and many others  – including sugar-free cranberry sauce – can be found at I Can’t Believe It’s Sugar Free.

Jan here  . . . David asked me to pick some of our favorite recipes and alas, it is hard to decide which ones to make. And since I’m one of those people that doesn’t like change I rarely try anything new.   But one of our old favorites just may be getting bumped for a new one.   Saw this piecaken online and in spite of the fact that I’m not a big chocolate eater, it did look delicious.  Raspberries and chocolate – what’s not to like?  

 

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A piecaken is new to me, but then we live in the country. Have to say the thought of a pie inside a cake is novel.  Hmmmmm, can you say turducken??

If you’re like me, just seeing the picture made me want to run out and buy raspberries. So rather than put everything needed here, please visit this link for the full recipe.

Ok, now if you’ve gotten past the piecaken, here are a few of our old favorite recipes we’re thinking of having.

 

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Rum Cake  – Made from a box mix so it’s easy !!!  –  Get Recipe       (Note:  a new twist on this old favorite is to use Amaretto in place of the run . . . it is delicious.  In fact, David likes it better !!!  A true endorsement.  )

Bourbon Pecan Pie – with or without the bourbon this pie is fantastic  (David likes it best chilled)  – Get Recipe

Eggnog Cake w/Rum Glaze – made from a box mix, this is an easy fix.  Get recipe

Note:  If you like eggnog, you can make your own eggnog ice cream at home from vanilla ice cream using only 4 ingredients you probably already have.  It does not use eggnog from the store)  Get recipe. 

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake – lot of work, but worth it !  Get Recipe

Timbal Rosettes – thin, crunchy pastry shells or shapes deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar.  Yum !!  Get Recipe 

Baklava –  Traditional Greek Pastry filled with pecans, walnuts and smothered in honey-lemon sauce.  Get Recipe. 

Rodeo Nuts – cinnamon glazed nuts for giving or snacking.  Get Recipe.

Last but not least  . . .

pecanpralines_2016Pecan Pralines – Smooth and creamy filled with pecans.  Get Recipe

 

Enjoy & Happy Thanksgiving !!!

J&D