Break out the tailgate equipment

It's that time again! There are only 15 days left until college football kick-off in Oklahoma. Are you ready? If you haven't been inspired to find new pork recipes for your weekend warriors, let us help. Below are two tasty ideas and you can find even more at www.porkbeinspired.com.

Grilled bratwurst with onions braised in beer and mustard
4 4-oz bratwurst
3 cups onion, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon sugar
12 ounces beer, dark or amber
bay leaves
2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
hoagie buns, OR Italian rolls, split
 
Cooking Directions  

Heat fat in 12-inch, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sugar, stir well to coat with fat. Sauté onions, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown. Add beer, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Add bay leaves, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir mustard into onions, remove from heat and set aside, discarding bay leaves.

 

Grill bratwurst over medium-hot fire, turning to brown evenly, until nicely browned and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. on an instant-read meat thermometer. Remove from grill and add to skillet with onions. Over medium heat, cook and stir until sauce becomes syrupy. Serve bratwurst in rolls, generously smothered with mustardy onions. 

 

 

Spicy Korean pork skewers

2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
      cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 cup chili garlic sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 inches fresh ginger root
      skins removed and chopped

4 tablespoons filtered sake, or dry sherry
2 tablespoons sesame oil 
3 tablespoons brown sugar
 
Cooking Directions  

In a large bowl combine the chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, ginger, sake, sesame oil and brown sugar and whisk to form a marinade. Add the cubed pork to the marinade and let sit for 20 minutes. 

Heat an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. 

Thread the marinated cubes of pork on skewers, about 4 to 5 pieces per skewer. Transfer the skewers to the grill and cook, uncovered, turning to brown evenly every 2 to 3 minutes until tender, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Feeding Oklahoma with a giant pig

It has happened to most of us. While walking through the mall you see something that makes you stop dead in your tracks. Perhaps for you it was that cute blouse in the store window. For others it may be the brand-new car on display in the middle of the aisle. This October that moment will be brought on by a giant pig. 

 

For one week beginning October 13, people walking through Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City will be astounded by the sight of a pig more than than nine feet tall. okPORK is proud to announce all of the approximately 10,000 cans will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma during the Governor's annual food drive.


 

okPORK is not alone in building the pig, however. Wheeler's Meat Market, several of the pig farmers throughout the state, and 4-H and FFA chapters are involved in helping to collect cans or buy cans for the project. 

 

How can you get involved? There are quite a few ways! Get connected with okPORK on Facebook and Twitter to see constant updates and breaking news about contests centered around the giant pig. In the weeks leading up to the building of the pig - okPORK will host a social media contest to name the pig - #NameTHEPig. Once the pig is displayed in the mall - during the week of October 13-19 - stop by and take a selfie with the giant pig. Post it to our Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win a bacon of the month club membership. 

 

New events, contests and ideas are added to this project all the time, so for more information email okPORK at communicaitons@okpork.org or check out the website at www.okpork.org.

About Oklahoma Pork Council

The Oklahoma Pork Council, a producer organization consisting of Oklahoma pork producers, represents the interests of all pork producers. Partially funded by federally collected Pork Checkoff dollars, okPORK promotes pork and pork products, funds research, and educates consumers and producers about the pork industry. For more information about this or any other programs of the Oklahoma Pork Council visit www.okpork.org or call 1.405.232.3781.

 
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