Did you know that the month of October is National Pork Month? I didn’t. Learn something new every day! The National Pork Board is celebrating National Pork Month with Costco, giving members special savings on different pork cuts each week. This week’s special is Rack of Pork – I personally have never prepared a Rack of Pork, but this week is my chance to flex my culinary skills and see what magic I can create.
Week of October 24: Rack of Pork: Serving a simply prepared Rack of Pork is a show-stopping way to gather your family for a proper meal. Need inspiration? You can get $2 .50 off a package in stores from October 24 through October 31. If you’re not familiar with rack of pork and how to cook it, this is a great resource: Cut Rack of Pork.
- More recipes and tips: Costco’s “In The Warehouse” provides flavorful recipes and tips for preparing each week’s featured cut of pork. Check back weekly for fun, new information on Costco’s featured cuts: In The Warehouse.
- For more information on different cuts of pork, visit: PorkBeInspired.com.
- Temperature Update: In May, the USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three-minute rest. This will yield a juicy, flavorful product that may be pinker in color than most home cooks are used to. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.
*Check your local Costco for details – Lancaster and Harrisburg are apparently not offering the special deal this week, I was told they don’t have the Rack of Pork in stock, but they would have them closer to the holidays.
Luckily BJ’s came to my rescue and the manager of the meat department gladly prepared a Rack of Pork for me to experiment with in the kitchen:
I’ll take better pictures of it when I remove it from the packaging tomorrow when I get it ready for its brine bath prior to cooking it for dinner on Tuesday. Tune in on Thursday to see the results of my experimentation, and you’ll also have a chance to win $25 Costco Cash.
Have you ever cooked a Rack of Pork?
Note: I am working with the National Pork Board, Costco and The Motherhood to promote National Pork Month. I received compensation for this post, however the opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own and not influenced by any outside sources. Additional opinions will be supplied by family members when they get to be the guinea pigs for the recipe I’ve got cooking up for the Rack of Pork. Stay tuned. See my Disclosure Policy here.