Top 3 Piggy Picks for Game Day Cooking

Tonight is the kick-off to football season, so let’s get in the mood. You know it means more opportunities to cook game-day favorites, get together with fellow fans and eat! When your team is playing, and the gang gathers to watch, the food needs to be perfect. That takes planning ahead, and getting the best…

Pork Shoulder: A Week of Meals

There’s nothing more versatile than pork shoulder, cooked until fork tender and shredded. Bon Appétit tells us that even in summer it’s worth cranking up the stove, or plugging in the slow cooker, to make pork shoulder. Leave that hunk of pork to stew in its own juices, and come back to a week’s worth of meals….

Pork: What’s the Perfect Shade of Pink?

Way back in 2011, the USDA dropped the recommended temperature for cooked pork, from 160 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. There was jubilation in the land. For ages before that, we overcooked pork out of fear of getting trichinosis. Nowadays, the trichina worm (which transmits trichinosis) is virtually non-existent in the pork industry, but still some cling…

People Are Talking: Berkshire Pork Chops

Heritage breeds like our Berkshire hogs are being recognized anew for their unique qualities. The pork from these old world pigs is revered by chefs for its extraordinary marbling and distinctive, rich taste. And now it can be your go-to pork, from pork loin to pork shoulder, and of course, pork chops. Here are the…

What’s on the Menu for Fourth of July?

It’s already time to start looking ahead to the Fourth of July! Today we begin a 15% off sitewide sale at dartagnan.com to help you plan for a glorious Fourth. Whether your holiday plans involve the grill, or a dinner at home with friends, we have something you need for the perfect holiday celebration. Our…

Ribs, Ribs, and More Ribs

This time of year we all get excited about outdoor cooking, whether it’s grilling or smoking. And ribs are one of our favorite things to cook outside. If you’re planning a Father’s Day cook out, start here. When it comes to cooking ribs, there’s science and an art to it, and on the BBQ circuit,…

It’s a Pork Party! Recipes to Love

When it’s time for summer parties – at Memorial Day weekend or the Fourth of July – we usually think of the grill. But what if you aren’t a grill outside kind of cook? Maybe your domain is the well-equipped indoor kitchen. No shame in that. There’s plenty of party-appropriate food that can be made…

Food Fight: Berkshire Pork vs. Kurobuta Pork

Let’s clear up the confusion about Kurobuta pork and Berkshire pork. Kurobuta – which means “black pig” in Japanese – is better known as Berkshire pork in the English-speaking world. So is there a difference between Kurobuta and Berkshire pork? Nope. The juicy pork comes from the same type of pig; an old English breed, distinctively black,…

5 Pork Recipes for Christmas Dinner

The Christmas ham is a classic holiday dinner – no one will deny that. However, pork, especially our Berkshire pork, or our milk-fed Porcelet, is a great option for a special occasion dinner. This is not the other white meat; our pork is richly flavored, meltingly tender, and nothing like that pale commodity stuff on…

4 Ways to Master the Pork Loin

Did you know that October is National Pork Month? That’s why we’re focusing on pork all month long. It’s going to be a delicious 31 days. So you’ve got yourself a loin of pork. We assume it’s D’Artagnan Berkshire pork, from hogs raised on pasture and never administered antibiotics or hormones. Berkshire pork is full-flavored and…

Best Pork Ever, Cuts Like Butter

Our celebration of all things pork for National Pork Month continues … Let’s just say it: Berkshire pork is special. It looks different than the pork you may have known before. For one thing, it’s redder, and it’s more marbled. And you can taste the difference blindfolded. This heritage breed of hog makes some of…

Today’s Lunch: Pork Tacos

Is it a coincidence that National Taco Day occurs during National Pork Month? We think not. Don’t forget it’s always Taco Tuesday … So obviously our pick for the meal of the day is a pulled pork taco. Start with our Cuban-Style Pulled Pork Roast recipe, made with Berkshire Pork Shoulder, and shred that to ribbons. Our…