Cooking Tips

When cooking pork, the first step to delicious flavor is to start out with high quality Tender Choice® Pork. Thirty-six percent more tender than ordinary pork, Tender Choice® delivers the juicy and flavorful results you′re looking for every time. There are many ways to cook pork, including roasting, grilling and slow cooking. Keep reading for tips on each cooking method.

Roasting
  • Keep in mind that a bone-in roast will cook faster than a boneless one.
  • For a crisp, golden brown surface, fully preheat the oven before putting the roast in, and leave it uncovered while roasting.
  • When turning meat during roasting, don′t use sharp utensils that may pierce the meat, as this allows juices to escape. Use tongs, wooden spoons or spatulas instead.
  • After cooking, allow meat to rest at least 5-10 minutes, or more for roasts. This will maximize the juiciness by allowing the juices to fully redistribute.
  • When pork has finished roasting, use the drippings to make stock, gravy or sauce with plenty of pork flavor.
Grilling
  • When turning pork on the grill, use tongs to avoid piercing meat, which allows juices to escape.
  • Always use clean grill racks, and coat them with vegetable oil or nonstick vegetable spray to prevent the meat from sticking.
  • To give pork a flavorful crust, preheat to the proper temperature before putting cuts on the grill to ensure the meat surface is seared.
  • When cooking a thick cut of pork, try brining in a simple salt water mixture of 1 tablespoon salt per cup of water and soak for 2 to 4 hours. Rinse pork carefully before grilling.
  • After cooking, allow meat to rest at least 5-10 minutes. This will maximize the juiciness by allowing the juices to fully redistribute.
Slow Cooking
  • If slow cooking with vegetables, wait to add them until the last 20 to 25 minutes of cooking time. Otherwise, the vegetables will overcook and get mushy.
  • Before slow cooking, sear meat on all sides to seal in flavorful juices.
  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray before adding pork to prevent sticking.
  • Cook pork for 4 to 8 hours on a low setting, or 2 to 4 hours on a high setting, depending on the size of the roast.
  • Always make sure to use a meat thermometer to verify that the meat is cooked to a safe temperature.