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Butcher Shop | Pork Cuts & Tips

PORK 101: ALL CUTS

Learn All About the Different Pork Cuts from Experienced Seattle Butchers at Metropolitan Market

Leg

The pork leg, also referred to as the "ham". While it can be sold and cooked in many different ways, it's arguably most well known for being cured. This is what prosciutto and jamon serrano are made out of!

Cooking Methods

Cure, Roast, Smoke

Recipes

Baked Kurobuta Ham
Split Pea Soup with Ham
White Bean Soup with Ham

Loin

From the pig's back, this cut of meat is super tender and extra lean. It's split into three main sections: the blade end, sirloin end, and the prized center portion. This is where you'll find cuts for loin chops, rib chops, tenderloin, and baby back ribs. This area has a pretty mild flavor, so don't be shy with seasonings, rubs, or marinades.

Cooking Methods

Grill, Pan Fry, Roast

Recipes

Cuban Citrus Pork Loin Roast with Sweet Potatoes
Pork Chop Skillet with Apples
BBQ Ribs
Crown Roast of Pork

Shoulder

Sometimes called the 'butt,' which refers to the ceramic container used early in U.S. history to store the pork shoulder in-ground to keep it cold. Layered with lots of fat, it's great for slow roasting for fall apart tenderness.

Cooking Methods

Grill, Roast, Slow-Cook, Smoke

Recipes

Apple Cider Braised Pork Roast
Pressure Cooker Carnitas
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Apres-Ski Chili

Belly

What part of the pig does bacon come from? Usually, the belly! This is due to its high fat content. This cut is also great for slow roasting and braising, to really bring out its tender texture. This is also where you find spare ribs.

Cooking Methods

Braise

Picnic Shoulder

Located right below the shoulder. A tough cut, so cook low and slow to really render that fat into mouth-watering texture.

Cooking Methods

Braise, Slow-Cook, Smoke

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