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What You Need to Know About Cuts of Pork

Keller Crafted meats believes in working with local family-owned farms to get top-quality non-GMO meat, whether that be beef, pork, chicken, or lamb. We even do buffalo!

In the last blog post we discussed the different cuts of beef that you’ll find on our website. In this post we are going to focus on pork cuts: where they come from and how they should be handled.

Different Types of Pork Cuts

When it comes to cuts of pork, there’s an even smaller amount of general knowledge than people have when it comes to beef. Here are just some of the cuts of pork we carry here at Keller Crafted Meats:

Boston Butt

Interestingly enough, the Boston butt cut of the pork doesn’t come from the butt part of the pig, but rather the shoulder. Boston butt meat is on the tougher side, but that makes it perfect for braising, to use as a stew meat, or to make ground pork sausages.

Keller Crafted Meats carries boston butt in both bone-in and no bone varieties.

Pork Belly

Pork belly is easily the softest part of the pig. This part of the pork is what’s used to make to make bacon and pancetta. In Asian countries, pork belly is a very popular cut of meat. It can be braised in a soy sauce mixture for soft, succulent meal that’s often served with rice. Chinese restaurants often serve roasted pork belly as part of their standard menu.

Pork belly can be served with or without the skin.

Loin Chop/Tenderloin

The loin chop is leaner and is taken from the animal’s back. It’s a fairly lean cut that usually has a fat cap on the top. If you cook it properly, this meat can be tender and delicious. Slow roasting is a popular method of preparation. At Keller Crafted Meats we sell pork loins both bone-in and boneless.

Tenderloin is a particularly soft and lean portion of the loin located from the rear end of the loin. Tenderloins are great for marinades and is best cooked quickly over high heat. They make great pork cutlets.


These cuts of meat are different enough that they should not be substituted for each other when preparing a specific recipe.

Ham

Ham comes from the back leg of the pig and needs no introduction. Ham is usually roasted and served at large family meals like Thanksgiving or Easter. Another popular way to eat ham is to cut it into steaks and serve it with eggs for breakfast.

Throw in Some Pork Add Ons to Your Keller Crafted Meats Meat Club Subscription Box

Keller Crafted Meats uses pork that is non-GMO certified, and we work with farmers who ensure the humane treatment of animals. We do this because we believe it’s the right thing to do. Not only that, but meat that’s treated better, tastes better. This is just another way we show our commitment to bettering the meat production industry.

Additionally, you won’t find artificial growth hormones or antibiotics in our pork products.

If you’d like to add additional pork items to your meat subscription boxes, click here to browse our selection.