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Filtering home-rendered lard

I recently rendered some lard at home from some pork fat I bought from a nearby Mexican grocery store (Mi Pueblo in San Jose). The lard is delicious and I'm glad I made it, but I wish I knew how best ...
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Tenderness of sous-vide pork chops

I made some sous vide pork chops this week that didn't turn out as tender as I expected. They were about as tender as when I grill them; maybe a little bit worse. I had marinated them overnight in a ...
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Sour pork, causes?

I've been testing brines (something I didn't know about until I read it here :). So I brined (sugar, salt, and some herbs) a handful of pork loins (chops without bones, more or less) and then put it ...
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What distinguishes pork sausage from ground pork?

Let me preface this by saying that I am basically a complete novice when it comes to cooking. So I apologize if this is a silly question. I sometimes like to cook things using ground pork sausage, ...
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How do cooks prepare belly pork in a restaurant?

In a similar style to the question on preparing risotto in restaurants.. When cooking belly pork, to a texture that's soft, tender and still moist, long cook times at a low temperature (around 150 ...
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What are the ranges of Pork Temperature that are flavorful and safe?

USDA guidelines for Pork state that you should cook it to 160F. I have heard over the years that you can undercook from that, which seems desirable, as 160F is going to be pretty dry. I know the ...
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Smoking in Kettle Grill

I recently smoked a pork shoulder in a weber charcoal kettle grill and I had a lot of trouble maintaining the temperature. Are there any tricks to using a mix of charcoal briquettes and wood chunks ...
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How do you make pork rinds?

The little bit I currently know is that they're fried pig skins. However, beyond that it's just a bunch of hand-waving on my part. Do you buy pig skin from a butcher? Is there a special type you ...
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How should I cook pigs cheeks?

I like the idea of eating pigs cheeks, I've heard they are delicious, but difficult to cook so they are not chewy. How should I cook them so they are succulent and delicious?