I watch the ads closely and periodically they have Hormel Whole Pork Loins on sale. And sometimes those sales are unbeatable. And even though I have a freezer full of our own pork, it’s really hard to pass up pork bargains.
Did you know that pork is the number one consumed meat in the world?
Pork loin is one of the most versatile and leanest cuts of meat. It’s also a really great source of protein. And if you are looking to reduce carbs, pork is a natural no-carb dish.
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. Today I followed this chart as a guide and the results were one Sirloin Pork Roast, a package of Boneless Country Style Ribs, two packages of 3/4″ Pork Chops, one package of Breakfast Chops and one package of pork strips that I can use for stir-frys.
All of this for slightly over $17!
That calculates to less than $3 per meal. How economical is that?
Another way to prepare whole pork loins is on the grill, which is actually my favorite way to eat pork. I usually season my pork with Martin County Magic Seasoning. I usually cut the pork loin 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 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. Any leftovers will go in my freezer.
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. People also use it on popcorn and tator tots!
Want some more pork recipes? The National Pork Board recently moved their pork recipes to the website Yummly. Check it out!