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Terrific recipes for juicy pork chops and tenderloins, fresh-baked hams, sausages and deliciously crispy bacon.

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Butter-Basted Sous Vide Pork Chops with Fennel and Coriander
One of the best ways to ensure pork chops don't come out dry and leathery is to use the sous vide method of cooking. It guarantees the pork will come out juicy and tender. These pork chops are seasoned with crushed fennel and coriander seeds, and finished in a hot skillet with butter, sage, garlic, and shallot. Spooning the flavorful butter over the chop as it sears in the skillet infuses the meat with the flavored butter.
Sweetened Condensed Milk Carnitas
A fragrant blend of dried herbs, spices, and garlic flavors this slow-cooked pork, which gets a touch of balancing sweetness and acidity from fresh orange juice. A surprising ingredient here, sweetened condensed milk, helps the pork caramelize during cooking. Source a well-marbled pork roast for this recipe; the extra fat doubles down on the rich pork flavor. Many cooks in Mexico City add sweetened condensed milk to carnitas, says Pati Jinich, who created this stunningly good recipe. Try treating the Sweetened Condensed Milk Carnitas like pulled pork, and tuck the tasty shreds into fluffy Sweetened Condensed Milk Rolls.
Sweet and Savory Grilled Pork Chops
The fragrant marinade for these pork chops both infuses the meat with tons of flavor and ensures that the rib-cut chops, which already have slightly more fat than a center-cut chop, remain tender and moist on the grill. The sugar in the marinade helps to create a beautiful dark golden brown crust with areas of light charring. Once the chops are on the grill, refrain from moving them around too often in order to allow grill marks to form. If you'd like, grill some asparagus and sliced sweet potatoes as well to round out your meal.
Gau Gee
Rating: Unrated 2
Toasted sesame oil and crunchy water chestnuts enrich the pork filling in these Gau Gee, crispy fried wontons, from chef Kiki Aranita. "At the many family feasts that I attend in Hawaii, gau gee are ubiquitous," says Aranita. "I'm also half Chinese, so this recipe uses the pork-and-chestnut filling that I learned to make as a child in Hong Kong." Aranita likes to serve Gau Gee alongside a simple Spicy Mayo Dip. To make it, just stir together 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon Poi Dog Chili Peppah Water (Aranita's version of chile pepper water, a staple Hawaiian condiment) or ichimi togarashi.
Balinese Sticky Glazed Pork Ribs
Sweet, hot, and tangy, these ribs from chef Lara Lee are seriously delicious, and easy to make indoors — no grill or smoker required. Kecap manis is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce that forms the foundational sweet and tangy flavor, and sticky texture, of the glaze that coats each bite of these tender ribs. If kecap manis is unavailable, see Note below for a homemade version.
Balsamic Pork Chops
Balsamic vinegar simmers with caramelized onions for a sweet and sour velvety sauce for pork chops. Pounded to tenderize rather than flatten, the pork is seasoned boldly with black pepper before crisping in a skillet. Quick enough to pull off on a weeknight, this main course will impress guests, too.
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Pork Belly Burnt Ends with Barbecue Sauce
Burnt ends are, strictly speaking, the extra-dark, chewy, extremely delicious ends of a barbecued beef brisket—not pork belly at all. But if you find burnt ends irresistible, then this recipe is for you. Slow-smoking chunks of spice-rubbed pork belly, then tossing them in a quick, not-too-sweet barbecue sauce and smoking them some more yields a crispy-chewy pile of pork that will win over the most passionate burnt-ends purist. Enjoy them with piles of white bread to sop up the sauce, along with tangy pickles and raw onion to cut through the richness.
Roasted Pork Tostadas with Citrusy Cabbage Salad
This tender citrus-and-herb-roasted pork shoulder pairs with chewy hominy and crunchy radishes and cabbage—Justin Chapple likes to serve the pork salad family-style, and let guests pile their own tostadas high with their favorite toppings. The pork reheats beautifully, making this dish easy to prepare up to 2 days ahead; toss the dressing with the reheated pork and remaining salad ingredients just before serving. Substitute black beans for hominy, if desired.
Ground Pork Cutlets with Tomato Gravy
Rating: 3.5 stars
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In this Parsi dish, tangy tomato achaar and cinnamon give this silky-smooth gravy mild heat and sweet warmth. Traditionally made with ground beef, pork is used here instead for a juicy, tender patty. Add the cutlets to the oil straight from their dip in the eggs to create a lacy "tutu" of crispy egg around each cutlet.