I love bargains! And nothing beats meat sales and especially pork sales! I judiciously watch my local grocery store ads for specials on pork loins even though I have a freezer full of pork from our own pigs. I just love pork sales.
Pork loin is one of the most versatile and leanest cuts of meat. It’s also a really great source of protein. I prefer Hormel’s whole pork loins because they are great looking, tasty and I know a great source of nutritious protein for my family. (Oh, and by the way, that is where we sell our hogs!) Most whole pork loins weigh between 8-10 pounds. So unless you are planning on company, you may be wondering – What do I do with a 8-9 pound pork loin? The answer is simple – take a little time, cut and slice up multiple cuts of meat.
I will share what I did with a whole pork loin that I purchased for $1.98 per pound at my local HyVee store. Today I followed this chart as a guide. I ended up with a Sirloin Pork Roast, a package of Boneless Country Style Ribs, 2 packages of 3/4″ Pork Chops, 1 package of Breakfast Chops and 1 package of pork strips. All for slightly over $17!
That calculates to less than $3 per meal. How economical is that?
Another way that I use the whole pork loins is grill it. I usually season my pork with Martin County Magic Seasoning. I usually cut it in half so it fits better on my grill. It normally takes about 45 minutes per side (total time of 1 1/2 hrs). I only flip it once. I make sure to use a meat thermometer. The key to great tasting and moist pork is to cook it to 145 degrees internal (and not a degree over!), then let it rest for 3 minutes. After that we will eat what we can and then I will slice and freeze the rest.
Martin County Magic Seasoning was created by pork farmers from my home county in Minnesota – Martin County. It’s the perfect complement to pork and other foods. I have even heard people use it on popcorn and tator tots!