How to Cook Pork 

When learning how to cook pork, it helps to know that pork is the flesh and fat of a pig or hog. As with other animals, different parts of it when dressed take on different names. A couple weeks ago I ordered a butchered hog and I picked it up this week. First I picked up the sausage meat because I did not want it frozen. Although the butcher shop has deliciously seasoned sausage, I wanted to season my own. Have you ever tried to season and blend about 35 to 40 pounds of ground meat? What a job!

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Yummy Recipes for Learning How to Cook Pork

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How to cook pork chop recipes!

how to bake pork chops

Learn how to make flavorful baked pork chop. Try a delicious Mandarin orange recipe, one with fresh rosemary, stuffed with cornbread  or bbq chops.  

How to Cook Pork Ribs

Learn how to cook pork rib recipes such as barbeque, German sauerkraut ribs, in the oven, grilled or for a n appetizer.

How to Roast Pork

Learn How to Roast Pork using my favorite stuffed pork roast recipe with Marsala sauce plus recipe for pork pot roast.

How to Cook Bacon

Learn how to cook bacon by baking, broiling, frying and using in delicious recipes.

How to Make Sausage

Make sausage from leftover scraps of pork meat or other meats. It ground into loose mixture. Sausage can be left loose, packed in loaves, patties or made into links. Season with your favorite spices.

Prepare the best canned ham recipes. Canned hams can be very convenient and also great tasting.

How to Make Gravy with water or milk; recipe for homemade baking powder biscuits to serve topped with gravy a favorite when you know how to cook pork.

How to Bake a Ham with a variety of many ham glazes which produce hams with all kinds of flavors.

How to cook a ham from a selection of hams which have been cured by different techniques; recipes for glazes and sauces.

Every cook needs a good cooking ham instructions chart to ensure a perfectly cooked ham every time; also recipe for stuffed fresh ham roast and apple glaze.

The timing of baked ham recipes will depend on the oven temperature in the recipe; Coke Cola ham recipe and baked Virginia ham.

How to Cook a Ham Steak is easy and flavorful with sauces.

Honey Baked Ham Recipe with butter, with pineapple, with orange and with Coca Cola.

Ham Glaze Recipes; over 20 ham glazes and sauces.

Coca Cola Ham Recipe; plain coke recipe, Cherry Coke and with cranberries.

Basic instructions for cooking Country Ham Recipe and ham steaks with recipe for red eye gravy.

Great Leftover Ham Recipes; use in salads, in breakfast recipes, ham stroganoff and in fried rice.

Ham Sandwich Recipes; from basic sandwich to ham and egg, ham spread, ham and pickle, ham salad, grilled ham and cheese, grilled open face, ham and raisin pitas, ham roll ups and make ahead sandwiches.

Ham Casseroles; German noodles dish, ham and rice, ham stroganoff, ham dressing, macaroni and ham or a camping dinner. These are traditional dishes with people who know how to cook pork.

Ham Appetizer Recipes like quesadillas, ham spread, cheese ball, cheese squares, meatballs and others.

Ham Leftovers for potato casserole, layered casserole, mini sandwiches, quiche and broccoli roll ups.

Ham and Beans recipes; calico beans, Mexican recipe, green beans and Lima beans.

Fresh Ham Recipes; Italian burgers, how to make sausage, pork goulash, quesadilla and with barbeque sauce.

If you know how to cook pork you know that mixing sausage is much like mixing meatloaf. After adding the seasonings, the mixture must be blended thoroughly. Sausage has curing agents added such as salt and spices and should be aged (refrigerated) before cooking to heighten the flavor. I love sage sausage so I added that to most of the sausage as you will see below.

SAGE SAUSAGE RECIPE

fresh sausage
  • 5 Pounds sausage meat, ground fine
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 Teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 Clove minced garlic


Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly. Sausage may be packed in bulk for freezer storage or stuffed into sausage casings. Note: Although I love the sausage links, it was enough for me to mix all of this sausage. I made sausage patties from a lot of the sausage. It is so convenient to use when frozen if you lay the patties between layers of wax paper, then wrap in plastic wrap. I then wrap the package in freezer paper or foil to prevent any freezer burn.


If you know anything about how to cook pork, I am sure like most people just the smell of bacon frying is enough to make your mouth water. Many do not know the best way of how to cook bacon. They want to heat the skillet before adding the bacon. Start bacon in a cold skillet over medium heat allowing the bacon to provide its own grease for frying. Turn frequently while cooking. When desired crispness is obtained remove to paper towels to drain.


Because of the large quantities of bacon which we cooked in the restaurants, we always baked it in the oven. After lining the large trays with baking paper, spread out a single layer of bacon. Cook at 400F degrees until desired crispness. Bacon can also be baked on a broiling pan or broiled in the oven.

Pork recipes work well for family dinners or are good enough for special event dinners. Pork is usually one of the best buys in the meat markets. When buying pork the flesh should be a soft gray pink color and the fat is white. Choose pork that has a high proportion of lean meat to fat and bone. Unlike beef, fresh cuts of pork vary little in tenderness; most can be cooked by any of the cooking methods.

Remember when learning how to cook pork that it should always be cooked thoroughly. It should have a uniform color of light gray throughout when cooked well done. When the meat is broiled or pan fried make a small slit in the center of the meat to check the color. When cooking a pork roast the best way to test for doneness is with a meat thermometer; the temperature should register 170F degrees.


When learning how to cook pork, most cuts are popular as fresh pork cuts.


  • Pork shoulder arm picnic is also known as picnic and is suitable for baking and roasting.

  • Whole pork leg is known as fresh ham; it contains the hind leg bone and is suitable for roasting.

  • Pork shoulder arm roast is known as pork arm roast has shank removed and is suitable for roasting

  • Pork loin blade roastis also known as 5 or 7 rib roast and rib end roast and is suitable for roasting.

  • Pork loin tenderloin and slices are very tender cuts and are suitable for braising and baking.

  • Pork shoulder blade roast is also known as the Boston Butt roast or pork butt; this is the top portion of the shoulder and is suitable for roasting.

  • Pork shoulder blade boneless roast is rolled and usually tied with string or place inside a plastic netting. This cut is suitable for roasting.

When learning how to cook pork, you will probably start with pork chops and pork ribs which seem to be everyone’s favorites.


  • Pork loin rib chops are also know as center cut pork chops. They are suitable for roasting, baking or broiling.

  • Pork loin chops are also known as loin end chops and are suitable for braising or pan frying.

  • Pork loin sirloin chops are also known as sirloin pork chops which are suitable for braising and broiling.

  • Pork spareribs are long rib bones with a thin covering of meat are suitable for baking and broiling.

  • Pork loin country style ribs or just country style ribs contain either rib bones or back bones and can be baked, braised or cooked in water.

  • Pork loin center rib roast is also known as a center cut pork roast; it contains the loin eye muscle and rib bones.

If learning how to cook pork you need to understand which cuts of the pig are more popular when smoked.


  • Smoked whole hams is the cured and smoked version of the fresh whole ham. This is suitable for roasting or baking.

  • Smoked ham shank portion is the cured and smoked shank half of the pork leg minus several center cut slices. It is suitable for roasting or baking.

  • Smoked ham rump portion is the cured and smoked butt half pork leg minus several center slices and is suitable for roasting or baking.

  • Smoked ham center slices are either with a small round bone or boneless. Slices can be from ½ inch to 2 inches think and are suitable for broiling or baking.

  • Smoked pork shoulder picnic is also known as a smoked picnic and is suitable for roasting, baking or cooking in water.

  • Smoked pork shoulder roll is also known as cottage butt. It is cured and smoked boneless suitable for roasting or cooking in liquid.

HOW TO COOK A PIG

  • 1 Whole pig (About 80 pounds)
  • 1 Pound brown sugar
  • 2 Cups ketchup
  • ½ Gallon vinegar
  • ¼ Cup black pepper
  • ¼ Cup salt
  • 1/8 Cup red pepper flakes
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Vegetable oil

PIG MUST be cleaned with everything, glands and all, removed.

MUST have enclosed grill which cooking is at least 1 foot from fire. MUST have a method of replenishing coals all day while cooking. An enclosed grill with side doors in which coals can be added while cooking is good. 

MUST HAVE “HELPING HANDS” in turning the pig over the last HALF HOUR of cooking.

MUST HAVE 2 pieces of wire screen; place one piece under pig to start, lay another piece on grill to turn the pig over onto.

MUST have a water bottle handy so you can quickly put out flames to prevent pig from burning.

MAKE SAUCE by combining and mixing brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, cayenne and lemon juice.

LIGHTLY OIL pig so it will brown nicely; place pig with skin side up on wire screen on grill.

COOK pig 4 to 5 hours; when pork is thoroughly cooked, flip the pig over. (Meat should be tender, juicy and falling apart.)

COVER pig with sauce and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer; use help to pick pig up holding wire screen to move to a large tray.

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