October 12th is National Pulled Pork Day, a must-try classic Texas-style pork dish. BBQ sauce is considered to be a must-have addition to this treat, and now there is a huge variety of them for every taste. In addition, on the occasion of the holiday, you can try new dishes with pork, which you can cook at home or order in a restaurant.
In 2016, Sonny’s BBQ set a Guinness World Record for “largest portion of pork”. The record dish weighed 2012 pounds. Shortly after setting this record, the owners of Sonny’s BBQ restaurant, along with like-minded people, proposed to declare October 12 National Pulled Pork Day.
The Pulled Pork dish originated in the southern regions of the United States of America, and its essence is the preparation of minced meat on the grill. Although this treat can be cooked in a skillet, a much more traditional option is slow-smoking over a wood fire. According to one version, the creators of the recipe are settlers of Spanish origin, who were inspired by the dish that the indigenous people of America prepared. As it turned out, it was thanks to smoking meat with the help of indirect fire that it was possible to save the product from bugs and rotting. Almost always, Pulled Pork is made with pork shoulder, which is an inexpensive part of the meat.
On the occasion of National Day, here are some fun pork facts:
- in the 1500s, the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto brought the first pigs to America from Europe;
- in the 1600s, the pig population spread to the Carolinas and Virginia thanks to English settlers;
- pig meat contains more B vitamins, iron and zinc than chicken meat;
- in Denmark, the number of pigs is 2 times the number of people;
- Pork is the most consumed meat worldwide.
How to celebrate
Meat lovers can celebrate this holiday in different ways. For example, you can treat yourself to meat dishes for lunch and dinner, you can try to cook them yourself on the grill, in a skillet or in a slow cooker, or visit a restaurant. You can also arrange a party with games and watching your favorite shows with your loved ones, where pork dishes will be the main addition to the entertainment.
When is National Pulled Pork Day celebrated in 2022?
National Pulled Pork Day is observed on October 12 each year.