Easy Pork Chili Recipe

Easy-Pork-Chili-Recipe-Cook-Pigs-RanchIt’s that time of year again. While many people refer to this time of year as Fall or Autumn, we call it “chili season” at Cook Pigs Ranch. As soon as the leaves begin to change and there is a  slight nip in the air, we start cooking chili. Our Easy Pork Chili Recipe is, ... [Read more...]

Rendering Lard in a Crock Pot

rendering-lard-cook-pigs-ranchLard is back! After being vilified for decades, lard is finally making a comeback. What people are learning about lard is the same thing that your grandparents and great-grandparents knew: lard is an amazing fat to use in cooking and baking. However, if you have been too intimidated at the thought of rendering lard, ... [Read more...]

Grilling and Barbecuing: What Is the Difference?

The-Difference-Between-Grilling-and-Barbecuing-Cook-Pigs-RanchMany people use the terms “grilling” and “barbecuing” interchangeably. However, as any outdoor chef can tell you, both cooking techniques are actually quite different from each other. In addition, there are specific cuts of meat better suited for grilling and other cuts that are better suited for barbecuing. So, what is the difference between ... [Read more...]

Top 10 Pork Butt Tips!

Pork Butt Roast 1Despite its name, pork butt does not in fact come from the pig’s rump, behind, or bottom. Pork butt comes from the upper part of the shoulder and may contain the blade bone. Pork butt, also known as “Boston butt”, technically comes from the thicker section of the shoulder. The Boston butt is the ... [Read more...]

Meet Nick The Butcher!

Nick The Butcher 5Meat Maestro. Pork Prodigy. The “Cutting” Edge. Nick The Butcher. Call him what you want, the Cook Family Butcher Shop’s head butcher Nick Scafidi is all of these and more! The days of the family butcher shop are not gone. The tradition of high quality meat and customer service is alive and well at the Cook ... [Read more...]

Pork Bone Broth Recipe

Pork-Bone-Broth-Recipe-Cook-Pigs-RanchBone broth, or stock, is quite popular right now. However, bone broth is not a new fad in the latest diet trend. On the contrary, it is actually a traditional food that has been a staple in kitchens all over the world for centuries. Sadly, with the rise of processed foods in the 20th ... [Read more...]

Smoked Pork Butt Roast

Smoked Pork-Butt-Roast-Cook-Pigs-RanchPork butt, contrary to its name, is actually the cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front legs. Pork butts can be bone-in, which the blade bone has not been removed, or boneless, which the blade bone has been removed. Other Names for Pork Butt When shopping for ... [Read more...]

Facts About Heritage Pigs

Facts-About-Heritage-Pigs-Cook-Pigs-RanchHeritage pigs are breeds of pigs whose bloodlines trace back hundreds of years before the drastic reduction of breed variety caused by the industrial agriculture. Since heritage pigs are not suitable for industrial farming, many of the breeds are becoming increasingly rare. Below is a list of facts about heritage pigs in order to raise ... [Read more...]

Grilling Tips

Grilling-Tips-Cook-Pigs-RanchWe love to grill at Cook Pigs Ranch. Regardless of the season, you will typically find us firing up the grill and cooking our pork to smoky perfection. In order for you to enjoy our Cook Pigs Ranch pork cooked on the grill as much as we do, we have compiled a list of our ... [Read more...]

Easy Oven-Baked Pork Rinds

Pork-Skin-Cook-Pigs-RanchPork rinds, which are simply baked or fried pork skin, are popular in all over the world. In the U.S., pork rinds are sometimes called cracklings, which is often pronounced “cracklins.”In Latin America, they are called chicharrones. In Canada, they are known as scrunchions. In Britain, pork rinds are commonly referred to as pork scratchings. ... [Read more...]