So the local grocery store had a sale on some pork chops so I asked my meat guy if he could get me a big roast to smoke whole. He did just that cutting me a nice 6 lb chunk of what is basically a pork prime rib.
This is a nice hunk of flesh and bone. I was debating if I wanted to cut it up first and have a boneless pork loin and some baby back ribs but I decided to just smoke it whole. I figured I was going to get a couple meals out of this thing. I started by removing the membrane from the ribs. There is no way they are going to be tender by the time the loin reaches 140° but I wanted them to be ready for another day.
I let it rest for about 1/2 an hour loosely tented with foil. It was not quite long enough because when I cut into it the juices came flowing out but I was so hungry. I used each slice to soak up some of the spilled juices.
The next night I had a craving for some tacos, so I decided to cube up the rest of the loin for that. I had a nice bowl of bacon fat from making my bacon jam so I decided I was going to use that to slowly cook the loin cubes carnitas-style in the bacon fat. I cooked the pork to 204° which is about the perfect temperature to shred meat easily.
Yeah, tacos are a delicious way to use almost any leftover meat but this was special. Besides the wonderful Mexican type flavors that I had going the bacon flavor came through nicely as well. Some of the best tacos I have had in a while!
For my last meal from this fantastic pork roast I did not get too carried away. I added some rub, barbecue sauce and beer and wrapped the ribs in foil to finish slowly in a 225° oven until they were fork tender which took about 4 hours. Unfortunately, the photos I took looked like crap so you will not get to see the ribs (they were not beautiful anyhow), but they sure were tender and tasted fantastic.
I love that for less than eleven dollars worth of meat I was able to get three fantastic meals and showed proper respect to my friend the pig. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in and checking out the 3 meals from my roast!