From bacon to ham, from pork chops to pork loin, the meat that comes from pigs and hogs is a favorite for many families, individuals, restaurants and more. And Porktober provides people with a delicious reason to celebrate!
History of Porktober
Porktober was launched in Scotland in 2022 as an effort to support the pig producers from around the country. Both Scottish Craft Butchers and National Craft Butchers organizations have collaborated together to promote the nutritional and value attributes of this meat. And since it is the most widely eaten meat in the world, it’s an opportunity that many people can get involved with, not just in Scotland but all over the globe.
In the US, this is sometimes referred to as National Pork Month, but no matter what it is called, Porktober offers a delightful opportunity for pork farmers, butchers and others who simply love pork products to show a special kind of appreciation for this tasty meat.
How to Celebrate Porktober
Show some appreciation for this meat and support for the people who produce it by celebrating Porktober in a variety of ways, including some of these:
Buy Local Pork
One of the reasons behind the Porktober initiative in Scotland is to promote Scottish pork to those living in the area. And because buying local products is good for the economy as well as for the environment, anyone from around the world can get on board with buying pork from their local pork farmers and producers. Pork can be cooked in all sorts of traditional ways from slow cooking to pull apart and place on barbecue sandwiches to making some traditional rib recipes. It’s a fun and versatile meat to enjoy in a wide variety of styles of cuisine from all around the world.
Try a New Pork Recipe
Get on board with Porktober by purchasing some pork from a local butcher and then trying a new recipe in the kitchen. In addition to the standard pork chops or breakfast bacon recipes, consider some of these slightly more creative and different ideas for making dishes that contain pork:
- Pork belly with cherry barbecue sauce
- Pork sausage, asparagus and lentil salad
- Sticky pork with crispy noodle salad
- Sesame-crumbed pork cutlets with tonkatsu sauce
Learn More About Pork
An ideal way to celebrate and show appreciation for Porktober would be to gain some knowledge and understanding about the facts of this food. Take a look at some of these facts in honor of this important event:
Pork is a high protein food and proteins are essential for repairing and building tissues in the body.
In the US, Iowa is the largest pork-producing state with more than 5400 pig farms and marketing 40 million or more pigs on average each year.
Pork contains more B vitamins than any other type of meat.
While pork is lighter in color when it is cooked, it is classified as a red meat because of its myoglobin content, which is similar to that of lamb or beef.