Braised Pork Chops – Jen Anhalt

This recipe and photo for our Crooked Gap Farm Iowa Chops was submitted by Jen Anhalt. Here’s what she had to say:

This is the recipe I used. My slight modifications were that I used a white onion instead of a red one, and I used a generous dash of dried thyme (instead of fresh) and then two sprigs of fresh rosemary (that was a delicious addition!)

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http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/…/braised-pork-chops/
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 thick-cut (about an inch), bone-in, pork chops
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 large red onion, peeled, root end trimmed but left intact, halved through the root, then each half cut into 6 wedges through the root (to help hold them together)
  • 2 Gala, Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious apples, cored and cut into 8 wedges
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup cloudy apple cider (eyeball it)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (eyeball it)
  • 3 tablespoons real maple syrup or brown sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Crusty bread, to serve alongside for mopping up sauce
PREPARATION

Place a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. While the oil is heating up, season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper. Add the chops to the pot and brown on all sides. Remove the chops and reserve, loosely covered with foil.

Add the potatoes to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Add the onions to the pan and cook until golden brown, 4-5 minutes.

Add the apples, thyme sprigs, apple cider, chicken stock and maple syrup to the pot, and bring up to a bubble.

Nestle the browned pork chops back into the pot, tucking them in amongst the onions and potatoes. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and let simmer until the chops are cooked through and potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.

Fish out the thyme stems and discard. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the pot and give everything a quick stir.

Serve the pork chops topped with the veggies and pan sauce, with plenty of crusty bread and a salad alongside.

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BBQ Spare Pork Ribs

I will admit that this is only the second time I have cooked ribs, the first being in the crock pot.  After some reading, here is what I did and the sauce mix I pieced together.  Ethan gave it a big thumbs up and mentioned next time I should make more!

Boil Ribs
60 minutes if frozen
20 minutes if thawed

Prepare Sauce
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c ketchup
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c Worchestershire sauce
2 c brown sugar
1 tsp mustard
2 1/2 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cloves of garlic pressed

Marinade Ribs 
leave ribs whole or cut into sections
marinade in ziplock 6 hours + in the fridge

Grill
on low heat while basting with extra sauce

or 

Bake
350 degrees on cookie sheet for 30 minutes
 

Ribs are pictures with CGF sweet potatoes and CGF salad mix.

This recipe can also be used for country style ribs.

BBQ Rib Rub ~Miles Jascha

This photo and recipe of our CGF ribs is courtesy of Miles Jascha, co-author of Savory and Sweet.

 
BBQ RIB RUB RECIPE
•1/2 cup brown sugar
•1/4 cup paprika
•1 tablespoon black pepper
•1 tablespoon salt
•1 tablespoon chili powder
•1 tablespoon garlic powder
•1 tablespoon onion powder
•1 teaspoon cayenne
Combine all ingredients together and and transfer to an air tight container.

RIBS:
1.Generously sprinkle rub on ribs and massage into the meat.
2. Preheat smoker or grill to around 165-185. Put the ribs bone down on the grill and smoke for 3 hours. Every hour spritz some apple juice on the ribs (helps keep them moist).
4. After smoking for 3 hours, wrap the ribs in heavy duty foil and put back on the grill. Raise the temperature to 225 and cook for 2 hours.
5. After the 2 hours are done pull the ribs out of the foil and place directly on grill and the 225 degrees. Using your favorite BBQ sauce spread onto the ribs and continue cooking for 1 hour. The BBQ sauce will make a nice sticky glaze. Let rest for about 10-15 minutes and serve with your favorite BBQ sides.



Your new favorite BBQ sauce:  

Blueberry Barbeque Sauce:  
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup blueberries
⅓ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup beer (a full-flavored, bitter ale works well, like an IPA)
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


 
DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine all in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to medium low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Let cool for 5 minutes and then puree with a blender or food processor.
3. Return pureed sauce to pan and bring to a simmer. It is now ready to be painted onto ribs.

Pork Hocks Braised with Potatoes and Apple ~ Christine Ano-Larson

This recipe and photo of our Crooked Gap Farm pork hocks (shanks) was shared by Christine Ano-Larson.

Christine says, “I must say, it was the PERFECT fall dish. Here’s the recipe I sort of followed in case you want to give it a go. It’s AWESOME!”

This recipe, by Jonathan M. Forester, along with additional photos, can be found at Slash Food: http://www.slashfood.com/2007/08/13/spicy-braised-pork-shank/

Forester’s Spicy Braised Pork Shank
1 pork shank
1 Vidalia Onion- rough shopped
1 gala apple- rough shopped
8 cloves of garlic- finely chopped
2 large shallots- finely chopped
1 cup rough chopped celery
eight small red potatoes, quartered.
1 large tomato or 2 small ones- rough chopped
1-2 jalapeno- seeds and veins discarded and finely chopped (use one if you only like a little bit of spice or two if you want a bit more. This isn’t a very spicy dish and just has a hint of heat to boost the other flavors.)
4 oz. red wine
6 oz. white wine (Dry, sweet, it doesn’t matter. I used a few ounces of a dry Chardonnay and a few of a sweet Late Harvest Riesling.)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees. Cross hatch the skin on the shank, cutting all the way through the skin and fat, but not into the meat. Melt the butter in your dutch oven and saute the shank at medium-high heat until the skin is crispy and puffed up and a deep golden brown. This caramelizing of the meat, skin, and fat, what is called the Maillard Reaction, will produce a deep and meaty flavor that really makes the dish.

Pour off all the accumulated fat and butter and then lower the heat to medium-low and add the garlic and shallots and saute for a minute or so.

Then add the celery.

The onions and apple.

The tomatoes and all the rest of the ingredients. Turn up the heat to high and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover it, and put it in the 300 degree oven for two hours. Gently stir the ingredients and turn over the pork shank once every thirty minutes, but otherwise leave it alone. After two hours add the potatoes, submerging them in the sauce/cooked vegetables and cook for an additional thirty minutes without touching it.

Plate it on a big serving platter and then pull the meat from the bones and serve. Mmmmm… that looks great.

And tastes even better. This is a very rich dish and it actually made enough for three meals which I had over several days. The flavor developed even more after sitting in the fridge and on the third day I was moaning with pleasure as I finished it off. It was so good that I made it again, this time with smoked pork shanks which gave it almost a completely different flavor. Either way it’s a great dish.

Ham and Pickling/Brine ~Miles Jascha

This photo and recipe of our CGF ham is courtesy of Miles Jascha, co-author of Savory and Sweet.
Miles says, “This was the most delicious ham I have ever eaten, So much better than some store bought ham that came from a factory where the pigs are pumped up with antibiotics and hormones.” 

Place your ham in the plastic container that you’ll be using to cure it and fill it with water until the ham is covered. Remove the ham and then measure how much water is left in the container – this is how much water you’ll need for your brine.

Based on how much water you have, use this ratio of salts and sugars to water. I had a 9 lb ham and had to double the recipe in order to cover the ham properly.

2 liters of water (a little more than 2 quarts)
3/4 cups of kosher salt
1 cup of turbinado sugar ( I used brown sugar which works just fine. The “raw sugar brand” uses turbinado sugar)
1/4 cup of molasses
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3 teaspoons Insta Cure No. 1
Stir into your plastic container water the salts, sugars and pink salt, and place your ham into the brine. Also use a meat injector to put a little of the cure into the center of ham near the bone. I find this helps even the thicker parts to get cured properly. If any parts of the ham bob above the surface of the brine, place a ceramic plate on top to weigh it down. I use a smaller cooler for this.
Place the container in the fridge, and keep it there for a span that equals one day per every two pounds. Halfway through the brining process, turn the ham over so all parts of it will be submerged.
After the brining is done, rinse the ham and let it soak refrigerated in clean water for 24 hours. When smoking for the last hour use a favorite glaze and glaze ham every 15 minutes.

Lard Facts

Types of Lard
Leaf Lard: The highest grade of lard, from fat around the kidneys. Produces delicate, pure, snow-white lard. Can be used for any cooking but is prized for pastries.
Regular Lard: From the fat around the muscles. Renders into a wonderful lard for any type of cooking. Produces cracklings which are bits of fried meat that can be used in recipes or salted to make bacon bits.
About Lard
Unlike hydrogenated store bought lard, home rendered lard is a monounsaturated fat, comparable to olive oil. Since our hogs are raised year round outside, enjoying our woods and pastures, they also pack in additional omega 3’s and vitamins D, E, & A.
Home rendered lard is soft/semi liquidy at room temperature but can be kept in the fridge or freezer to harden. It has a very high smoke point, cooks at an even heat, and will bring out the wonderful flavor of your foods.
Lard can be substituted for any cooking oil, using 3/4 the amount called for.  We love to use it in our breads, pastries, cakes, and for frying and sautéing.
 Home Rendering Lard
Rendering lard is as simple as MELT (use a large pot or roaster on low), STRAIN (use a colander and cheesecloth to allow liquid lard to drip through), and STORE (lard can be stored in containers or jars to be frozen or refrigerated).  1 lb unrendered lard = ~ 2 cup lard
The following links are to our photo tutorials on rendering lard:
Rendering a small batch of lard
Rendering a large batch of lard

More Info

For more info on the home rendered lard and its health benefits, see the following sites: