Consuming Raw Pork

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by nichiowa, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Ok, I get it there are tons of people that say don't do it, but we "Americans" are afraid of trying new things, especially those things that are older than our country, lol.  Fresh mett has been eaten in Germany for hundreds of years.  So with that being said, I found a recipe to try and recreate my favorite dish from Germany.

    Is Trichinosis all I have to be worried about?  If so, can I follow this recipe using pork from the US that is either certified or prepared using the USDA standards of I believe 20 days at 7 degrees or below (I will have to verify the temp, but it is approximate).  Thank you for the help, and please don't tell me how it is unsafe as I have eaten it in Germany every week for 4 years and am here to ask this question.
  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think if the pork is frozen for at least 30 days it will kill trichinosis.
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's what I've read as well.

    The recipe sounds pretty simple, let us know how it goes.
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    This is what I have seen as well. 

    I would also buy a whole cut and grind it myself instead of buying ground pork. 
  5. rick paul

    rick paul Newbie

    ..I`ve eaten salt meat raw for years, I love the taste, so far never caught anything.......
  6. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Im making some dried South African sausage.  Its basically 80/20 ground beef with spices in a sheep cashing, hung for a couple of days.  No cures, nothing.  Dont ask me how the F this stuff doesnt go off??? Makes no logical sense to me, but it works.

    I dont know if I would roll the dice with pork though. 
  7. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

    If I knew where the pork came from, and, of course, I trusted this source, and was scrupulously clean, I'd go for it. I've eaten dry fermented sausage and it's essentially raw. Yes, it does/did have cure #2 and salt in it. But it's still raw, it has not been cooked. Was working on a BBB pancetta, but it didn't work out, so it just got turned into BBB. That would be raw as well. A good portion of charcuterie is raw. So, we're most of the way there now.

    So, yeah, I'd give it a shot,with qualifications above.
  8. Thanks for the replies, I appreciate it.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    As in your other thread, this will be fine just use the frozen pork and keep everything cold and clean. The freezing takes care of trichinella and keeping stuff cold and clean inhibits any other bacteria from reaching dangerous levels. I have never been afraid of eating raw meat because I know how to handle it safely. This sounds delicious, Porky Steak Tartare...JJ[​IMG]

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