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 the “largest portion of pork”, which weighed a whopping 2012 pounds. Following this record-breaking event, the owners of Sonny’s BBQ restaurant, alongside other like-minded individuals, proposed to declare October 12 as National Pulled Pork Day.
The Pulled Pork dish originates from the Southern regions of the United States of America, and its essence is the preparation of minced meat on the grill. It is usually slow-smoked over a wood fire, although it can be cooked in a skillet. According to one version, the recipe was inspired by dishes of the indigenous people of America and its creators were settlers of Spanish origin. In addition, Pulled Pork is often made with pork shoulder, which is an inexpensive part of the meat.
On this National Day, here are some fun pork facts:
- Hernando de Soto brought the first pigs to America from Europe in the 1500s.
- In the 1600s, the pig population spread to the Carolinas and Virginia due to English settlers.
- Pork meat contains more B vitamins, iron and zinc than chicken meat.
- In Denmark, the number of pigs is double the number of people.
- Pork is the most consumed meat worldwide.
How to take part
Meat lovers can celebrate this holiday in various ways. You can treat yourself to pork 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 host a party with games and watching your favorite shows with your loved ones, where pork dishes will be the main attraction.
When is National Pulled Pork Day celebrated in 2023?
National Pulled Pork Day is observed on October 12 each year.