From Shana Beattie:
Now there’s more reason than ever to believe that pork is “cool”! Pork producers, like my family and I, across the nation are welcoming the news that the USDA has officially lowered the recommended cooking temperature for pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute rest time before you cut it. This means pork will now be held to the same standard as the other red meats: beef, veal and lamb.
The new recommendation evolved from pork checkoff-funded research who conducted a risk assessment to evaluate any pork food-safety implications of cooking temperatures within a range of 145-160 degrees Fahrenheit. This new recommendation reflects advances in both food safety and nutritional content of pork in recent years. On average, most common cuts of pork are 16 percent leaner than 20 years ago, and saturated fat has dropped 27 percent. In fact, pork tenderloin is now as lean as the leanest type of chicken – a skinless chicken breast.
I don’t know about those who like their meat like jerky, but I do know that this new guideline will help consumers enjoy pork at its most flavorful, juicy and at a safe temperature.
Here is one of my family’s favorite recipes for fall. These Sweet and Salty Pork Burgers would be great for a tailgate party or any family gathering.
Sweet and Salty Pork Burgers
• 1 lb ground pork • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
Preheat the grill or a stovetop griddle to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine ground pork, sugar and salt. Mix with your hands until the sugar and salt are incorporated evenly. Make 4 to 6 patties. if grilling, use a sheet of heavy foil and spray with cooking spray. The sugar caramelizes as they cook (which is delicious), but can cause the burgers to stick to the grill grate. Cook on first side for 6 minutes or until golden then flip for another 6 minutes until the internal temperature is 145 degrees. Add your favorite cheese right after they’re off the grill, and allow the burgers to rest for three minutes. We love provolone. enjoy!
So go out select a cut of pork of your choice, throw it on the grill, and enjoy the great taste of Nebraska pork.