OK, pork aficionados, what do I do with this? I have to admit, being from Texas, I am a beef guy. We can talk brisket, beef chuck short ribs, beef plate short ribs and beef shoulder clod all day. But, other than pork ribs, bacon and ham, I’ll admit I’m pretty ignorant about pork. And, in the past 30 years, I’ve probably only smoked maybe 10 pork butts, and maybe the same number of shoulders. Until lately, and I’ve acquired a new affection for pork done right, and have started learning a little more about pork. This all started when going from a stick burner to a WSM, and needing something cheap to learn more about, and get acquainted with, the new smoker before throwing a brisket or beef ribs on it. However, in so doing, I've found I really like pork.
Every time I have to go into the local Albertson’s grocery store, I always check out the meat, as they normally have a pretty good selection, and I have picked up some really good deals. So, the other day, I saw these big ol’ hunks of meat on sale for 99-cents a pound. And, it said Pork Loin Rib Half. So, I’m thinking I can cut out the baby back ribs, and then cut some boneless chops out of the loin? Or, I can just cut all bone-in chops? Or, am I totally wrong all the way around? What do all you pork guys think? Anything else I can do with it? Even though I didn’t have a clue what to do with it when I bought it, I was not about to let a big piece of meat like that slip by for that price. I know the WSM can do something with it.