Whether you choose recipes for pork chops, pork tenderloin, or pork roast, remember that today's pork is leaner than pork of 15 or 20 years ago. Most cuts of pork have less fat and cholesterol than the thigh or leg of chicken; these cuts come from the loin, or back, of the pig. The meat should be pink and firm, with flecks of white fat evenly distributed throughout the cut. You can keep pork, refrigerated and tightly wrapped, up to four days in your refrigerator before cooking it. Raw pork can be frozen for up to six months, and any of these recipes will freeze well for up to three months.
It's no longer necessary to cook pork to well done; you no longer need worry about parasites like trichinosis, since the way pork is raised and fed eliminates that problem. Pork should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F (the USDA lowered this temp in 2011); at that point, the meat will be slightly pink in the center and will be juicy and tender.
Enjoy these easy recipes for cuts of pork, and remember, you can always substitute your own favorite seasonings and ingredients for those called for in the recipe.
Five Ingredient Pork Recipes
- Pork and Onions with Orange Glaze
Slices of pork tenderloin are stir-fried with snow peas and a sauce of orange marmalade and chili sauce for a delicious dinner that's ready in minutes.
- Caribbean Crockpot Pork
Warm spices of curry and cumin are rubbed into a pork loin roast, then cooked in a crockpot with apple juice and onions for a wonderfully flavored, super tender roast.
- Crockpot Pork and Beans
This was one of the first crockpot recipes I ever created. I love the combination of tender pork chops with the beans that are dressed up with seasonings. Yum.
- Crockpot Orange Roast Pork
Frozen orange juice concentrate is the secret ingredient in this sweet and spicy crockpot recipe.
- Crockpot Italian Pork Chops
Pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese smother these tender loin chops cooked in your slow cooker.
- Pork Roast with Cranberries
Dried cranberries and cranberry juicy cocktail combine for a fabulous depth of flavor in this easy crockpot recipe.
- Regina's Pork Roast
Lots of thyme and garlic add wonderful flavor to this simple roasted pork loin.
- Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pork Roast
Onions, apples, and honey mustard provide lots of flavor to this rolled boneless pork roast cooked in your crockpot.
- Crockpot Pork Chili
It's hard to believe that just five ingredients combine to make this rich and savory chunky chili; but it's true!
- BBQ Pork Kabobs
You could substitute some onion wedges and chunks of potato for the mushrooms and red bell pepper in this easy grilled recipe.
- Kung Pao Pork
Packaged broccoli slaw and Szechuan stir-fry sauce are the secret ingredients in this spicy and super quick entree.
- Mexican Pork
This three ingredient recipe couldn't be easier. Pork is cooked with salsa and beans in a crockpot until meltingly tender.
- Crockpot Pork and Sweet Potato Stew
Sweet potatoes are natural accompaniments to tender and juicy pork shoulder. And apples, apple juice, and thyme add wonderful flavor.
- BBQ Pork and Coleslaw
Pick up some deli shredded pork barbecue or find it in the meat section of your supermarket for this three ingredient meal.
- Crockpot Pork with Cabbage
Red cabbage and onions cook slowly under a pork shoulder roast in this easy and delicious fall recipe.
- Slow Cooker Pork and Potatoes
Potatoes and baby carrots are flavored by a juicy boneless pork loin roast in this super easy crockpot recipe.
- Pork Chops and Stuffing
Yum - juicy pork chops and a stuffing laced with melted cheese make a fabulous fall dinner.
- Pork Chops and Peppers
This super easy recipe takes just minutes to make. Serve it with some hot cooked couscous to soak up the wonderful sauce.
- Cherry Pork Tenderloin Medallions
Pork tenderloin is cut into medallions and served with a cherry sauce made slightly spicy with Dijon mustard.