Many assume that pigs are dirty and full of disease, however that just isn't the case. A pasture-raised pig is more nutritious. They spend their time foraging in the sunshine, eat a diverse omnivorous diet, and happily bathe in fresh water. This makes their pork fat a nutritious source of Vitamin D, the meat is antibiotic and hormone free, and they are leaner in a good way. Yes, these pigs will also wallow in mud, but when provided with a clean environment they will mess in a designated area, leaving themselves with "clean" mud to use as protection from the sun and bug bites. Factory-farmed pigs do not receive these opportunities.
Pork is a lean and healthy source of vitamins and minerals that belongs on the menu rotation. When prepared properly, pork provides plentiful opportunities for pleasing meals. What will you make now that you know the safe temperature to prepare pork and we’ve dispelled other porcine meat myths? Share your favorite pork recipes on our Grills Facebook page or Grills Instagram account using the hashtags #deliciousPork and #NapoleonGrill.