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Sponsored: Today’s PorkCast

This week, DadCooksDinner is sponsored by my friends at the National Pork Board and the PorkCast. Looking for the perfect recipe for your weather? Check out The PorkCast – a forecast never tasted so good. My friends over at the National Pork Board asked me to check out the PorkCast – a set of recipes from top chefs, customized in real-time for your region and weather. My PorkCast? Tuesday: Rain…and quick pork fajitas Wednesday: Partly sunny…and my double cut pork chops with rosemary, honey, and lemon glaze Thursday: Rain…and pulled pork (my favorite suggestion) Friday: Sunny…and grilled bratwust with onions braised in beer and mustard What’s your PorkCast? Check out PorkBeInspired.com/PorkCast, rain or shine, for the perfect pork dish. And, once again, thank you to the National Pork Board for supporting DadCooksDinner.

Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Rosé Pan Sauce

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Costco. Celebrate #Porktober with pork at Costco! As the weather turns crisp and you start gathering around the table with family and friends more frequently, serve something you know they’ll love – tender, juicy pork! And, don’t forget to visit Costco.com for information on weekly discounted fresh pork cuts and everything else you’ll need to celebrate “Porktober”. I have a plan – a perfect fall day, bright, crisp, sunny. My grill in the backyard, surrounded by crunchy, colorful leaves, a pork loin roasting inside while I enjoy a tasty beverage. As I leave Costco, pork loin in hand, I get smacked in the face by swirling and spitting rain, coming at me from all angles. The wind has picked up, and the sky is an ominous gray. I go home, plop my pork loin in a brine, and wish for blue skies…or at least for the rain to ease up. Nothing doing; the day continues, gray and wet. Cold? I can handle cold. My limit …

Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned with Grilled Orange

This post is sponsored by Knob Creek® Distillery and the Original Brothers of Bourbon website. I enjoy the bold, spicy taste of Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey while I grill. The other day, as I sipped my drink and waited for the grill to preheat, the penny dropped. I can grill my oranges, adding smoky, caramelized fruit flavors to my Old Fashioned. Why didn’t I think of this sooner? How do I grill an Old Fashioned? While preheating the grill for the main course, I put an orange wedge on the grate for a minute or two, long enough to give it good grill marks. After the wedge cools down for a minute, I squeeze a little of the orange juice into a rocks glass, muddle it with sugar cubes and a dash or two of bitters, and stir in some Knob Creek® Rye. Add some ice, the squeezed orange wedge, top with club soda, and I have a tasty beverage – just what I need to fortify myself for an evening of grilling. Recipe: Knob …

Grilled Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Cider Brine and Apple Butter Glaze

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Costco. Celebrate #Porktober with pork at Costco! As the weather turns crisp and you start gathering around the table with family and friends more frequently, serve something you know they’ll love – tender, juicy pork! And, don’t forget to visit Costco.com for information on weekly discounted fresh pork cuts and everything else you’ll need to celebrate “Porktober”. Orange and brown leaves skitter past as the wind nips at my ears. Fall is here, and it is apple picking time – and also pork chop time. Back before refrigeration, when seasonal cooking was the only way we could cook, pigs were a fall animal. Of course, that meant pork was paired with apples, a fall fruit. In this recipe, I’m building on that tradition. I season the pork with an apple cider brine – a very modern technique. The cider adds sweetness and helps the chops brown quickly on the grill. Then, for even more flavor, I brush the pork with an apple butter and mustard …

Porktober Prize Pack Giveaway

Photo courtesy of the National Pork Board This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Costco. Celebrate #Porktober with pork at Costco! As the weather turns crisp and you start gathering around the table with family and friends more frequently, serve something you know they’ll love – tender, juicy pork! And, don’t forget to visit Costco.com for information on weekly discounted fresh pork cuts and everything else you’ll need to celebrate “Porktober”. For more comfort food recipes and inspiration, visit PorkBeinspired.com, Facebook.com/PorkBeinspired, Costco.com and Facebook.com/Costco. The Giveaway It’s time for a giveaway! The National Pork Board and Costco warehouse stores were kind enough provide a prize pack to give to one of my lucky readers. The Porktober Prize Pack consists of: Pig-shaped cutting board Pig-shaped soup and sandwich set Apron Tumbler Digital meat thermometer $100 Costco Cash Card Costco Gift of Membership card to purchase or renew a membership To Enter Leave a comment on my blog, telling us about your favorite way to grill pork. Note: on the blog, please. If you …

Grilled Filet Mignon with Knob Creek® Bourbon Peppercorn Sauce

This post is sponsored by Knob Creek® Bourbon and The Original Brothers of Bourbon website. Grilled filet mignon, Knob Creek® Bourbon, heavy cream, and a thick crust of peppercorns. Sounds decadent, doesn’t it?I’m riffing on the French classic Steak au Poivre, using the big flavor of Knob Creek® bourbon and peppercorns to perk up filet mignon. Filet mignon is tender and buttery, a lean and healthy cut of beef. Unfortunately, lean and healthy can translate as “bland”, so we’re going to give it some help. The peppercorns add a lot of heat to the steak; I use a peppercorn blend (which isn’t as hot as straight black pepper), and only coat one side of the steak with crushed peppercorns. The sauce also helps to smooth out the heat of the peppers, with the oaky, smoky flavor of Knob Creek® bourbon as a counterpoint that finishes the dish. I cook the whole thing on the grill, including the sauce in a grill safe pot. (I use a enameled steel mug; the pot from a grill safe …

Blogger Duck University 2014 at Maple Leaf Farms

This is the story about my trip to Blogger Duck University 2014 at Maple Leaf Farms. Maple Leaf Farms paid for the classes, my meals, and my lodging. The thoughts are my own. Phew, now I’m good with the FCC. Duck Fact: Only the female duck quacks! I love duck. It’s one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant, usually as sliced duck breast with crackling crisp skin, or duck leg confit, shredded and melting in your mouth. Rotisserie duck with drip pan potatoes is one of my favorite recipes on this website. Duck fat is marvelous – it has a rich flavor that no other fat has. Potatoes cooked in duck fat are one of the best things to eat, ever, hands down. My problem: while I love duck, I’m a duck novice. I know how to pan sear a duck breast, I can make a decent duck leg stew, and like I said, I love my rotisserie roast duck. But I feel like I’m in a duck rut, stuck for new …

Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon, Garlic, and Honey Marinade

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Kroger. Don’t forget to vote for America’s Top #ChopGriller! Every vote is an entry in a drawing for a Large Big Green Egg® Grill Package and summer’s worth of pork! Voting closes June 13, 2014. In a moment of weakness, I bought regular cut pork chops at the grocery store. They were on sale. I have such a hard time passing up a sale.I prefer thick cut chops – they are easier to cook to a juicy medium, 145°F. Regular store bought chops, about 3/4 of an inch thick, don’t leave much of a margin for error. It’s tough to get a good sear on thinner chops before they overcook in the middle. For thin chops, I use a trick I picked up from Cooks Illustrated – marinate the chops with honey and oil. The oil conducts heat, and the honey caramelizes quickly in the heat of a grill. This gives me a quick browned crust before the chops overcook. My other trick is to …

Vote for America’s Top #ChopGriller

Celebrate grilling season with pork at Kroger!This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Kroger. Backyard barbecues can be simply delicious with tender and juicy pork, the star of grilling season. Celebrate grilling season at Kroger, the ultimate source for barbecue essentials and great pork deals. Visit Kroger.com to view special offers exclusive to your area. It’s time to vote for America’s Top #ChopGriller! The National Pork Board narrowed the #ChopGriller entries down to eight finalists, and we get to vote to determine the winner!And by “we”, I mean “you”. Unfortunately, I’m not eligible to vote. Vote now at: PorkBeInspired.com/ChopGriller So, why vote? One, because you have to look at these great grilling ideas. (Two that I thought were particularly clever – Mary Edwards’s brined Porterhouse pork chop and Alan Bowman’s reverse seared New York Strip chop.) Two, because if you vote, you can win. Every vote is an entry in a drawing for a Large Big Green Egg® Grill Package and summer’s worth of pork! Voting is open from June 2nd through June 13th. …

Grilling Essentials Kit Giveaway Winner

Celebrate grilling season with pork at Kroger! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Kroger. Backyard barbecues can be simply delicious with tender and juicy pork, the star of grilling season. Celebrate grilling season at Kroger, the ultimate source for barbecue essentials and great pork deals. Visit Kroger.com to view special offers exclusive to your area. …and don’t forget to enter the Top #ChopGriller contest for a chance to win a $15,000 backyard makeover… We have a winner… The winner of the Grilling Essentials Kit, picked by Random.Org, is comment #26 – congratulations, MikeT29! (Mike says: “I like just plain grilled bone-in pork chops”.) MikeT29, please get in touch with me by Wednesday, 5/7/2014, with your contact information, so the National Pork Board can send out the Grilling Essentials Kit. Sorry, everyone else – better luck next time!

Grilled bone-in pork chop sprinkled with a spice rub on a blue plate with multicolored mini-peppers

Grilled Ribeye Pork Chops with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub

The USDA has finally seen the light! I can cook Grilled Ribeye Pork Chops with Smoked Spanish Paprika Rub to medium, instead of overcooking them to well done. Celebrate grilling season with pork at Kroger!This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Kroger. Backyard barbecues can be simply delicious with tender and juicy pork, the star of grilling season. Celebrate grilling season at Kroger, the ultimate source for barbecue essentials and great pork deals. Visit Kroger.com to view special offers exclusive to your area.And, don’t forget the two grilling with pork contests. First, enter the Top #ChopGriller contest for a chance to win a $15,000 backyard makeover, then leave a comment in my Grilling Essentials Kit Giveaway post for a chance to win a pack of grilling tools. Last year the USDA changed their recommended cooking temperature for pork. They no longer recommend cooking pork loin until it is dry as dust to a well-done 160°F. Now their recommendation is 145°F – medium – with a three minute rest. As the Pork Be …

Giveaway: Grilling Essentials Kit

Celebrate grilling season with pork at Kroger! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Kroger. Backyard barbecues can be simply delicious with tender and juicy pork, the star of grilling season. Celebrate grilling season at Kroger, the ultimate source for barbecue essentials and great pork deals. Visit Kroger.com to view special offers exclusive to your area. …and don’t forget to enter the Top #ChopGriller contest for a chance to win a $15,000 backyard makeover… The Giveaway Next on Grilling Pork week at DadCooksDinner – a giveaway! The National Pork Board and Kroger grocery stores were kind enough provide a grilling essentials kit to give to one of my lucky readers. The grilling essentials kit consists of: Two grilling prep trays Tong/spatula set Grilling mitt Apron Silicone basting brush Digital thermometer (Cook it to 145°F!) $250 Kroger gift card to stock up on pork and other grilling essentials To Enter Leave a comment on my blog, telling us about your favorite way to grill pork. Note: on the blog, please. If you’re reading …

Contest: The Search for America’s Top #ChopGriller

Celebrate grilling season with pork at Kroger! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Kroger. Backyard barbecues can be simply delicious with tender and juicy pork, the star of grilling season. Celebrate grilling season at Kroger, the ultimate source for barbecue essentials and great pork deals. Visit Kroger.com to view special offers exclusive to your area. How would you like a $15,000 backyard makeover, a Big Green Egg package (a large Big Green Egg in mahogany table, custom EGG tools and Big Green Egg organic lump charcoal), and a summer’s worth of free pork? Enter the Search for America’s Top #ChopGriller contest by May 16th. Share your favorite type of pork chop (Porterhouse, Ribeye bone-in (mine!), Ribeye boneless, or New York), a delicious 140 character description of your top chop, and a picture. You’ll be entered in the contest, and judges will pick eight finalists, two for each type of chop. The winner will be determined by public voting between June 2 and June 13. This is also your second chance to win; one lucky …

Tailgating Party Kit Giveaway Winner

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board as part of the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Program. Score big at your next tailgate party with Kroger – from tailgating to backyard BBQs, game day gatherings with friends and family can be simply delicious with juicy, tender and versatile pork – the MVP of championship-worthy spreads this fall season. Don’t forget the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Pinterest contest has one last Kroger gift certificate to award. And, Kroger has a special on pork shoulder and blade roasts this week, if you want to make one of my tailgating recipes… We have a winner… The winner of the Tailgating Party Kit, picked by Random.Org, is comment #9 – congratulations, Big Daddy Mac! Big Daddy Mac, please get in touch with me by Wednesday with your contact information, so the National Pork Board can send out the Party Kit. Sorry, everyone else – better luck next time.

Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans

Pork Chili with Beans For a Crowd

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board as part of the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Program. Score big at your next tailgate party with Kroger – from tailgating to backyard BBQs, game day gatherings with friends and family can be simply delicious with juicy, tender and versatile pork – the MVP of championship-worthy spreads this fall season. (And, if you’re looking to make this recipe, a little birdie told me Kroger will have a special on pork shoulder and blade roasts the week of October 6th…) Don’t forget the giveaways, too: you have until Sunday to enter my Tailgating Party Kit giveaway, and the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Pinterest contest has two more Kroger gift certificates to award. Chili is my favorite thing to serve for the big game. I can finish it ahead of time, leave it simmering on the stove, and everyone can serve themselves and LEAVE ME ALONE I’M WATCHING THE GAME!Ahem. Sorry. As I was saying, chili is the perfect meal for entertaining a crowd. It gets better …

Tailgating Party Kit Giveaway

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board as part of the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Program. Score big at your next tailgate party with Kroger – from tailgating to backyard BBQs, game day gatherings with friends and family can be simply delicious with juicy, tender and versatile pork – the MVP of championship-worthy spreads this fall season. The National Pork Board and Kroger sponsored my tailgate! I loaded up on beer, snacks, and pork at Kroger, spent Saturday afternoon skewering kebabs, and left for the Cleveland Muni lot really early in the morning to tailgate with my brothers and some friends.This was Ben’s first trip to a live Browns game, and his first exposure to the Muni lot crowd. It’s…um….quite a slice of humanity. We got to the lot at 7AM. I still needed my thermos of coffee, but some of our fellow tailgaters had moved on to harder beverages already. Panoramic view of the Muni lot on a Browns Sunday (click for larger version) My brother Pat (the lawyer) fired up …

PicOfTheWeek: Pork Kebabs

Game in 2 hours… This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board as part of the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Program. Score big at your next tailgate party with Kroger – from tailgating to backyard BBQs, game day gatherings with friends and family can be simply delicious with juicy, tender and versatile pork – the MVP of championship-worthy spreads this fall season.  

PicOfTheWeek: Muni lot, sunrise

Go Browns! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board as part of the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Program. Score big at your next tailgate party with Kroger – from tailgating to backyard BBQs, game day gatherings with friends and family can be simply delicious with juicy, tender and versatile pork – the MVP of championship-worthy spreads this fall season.