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Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

We’re going to have a bounty of pork to eat this fall and winter after recently taking a pig to the locker. I’ve asked some of my fellow Iowa Bloggers to help me put together a delicious variety of recipes to use with this pork we’re getting this week.  They graciously agreed and we’ve put together quite a “Pork-nic” for you!

I’ll get things started…

My favorite pork recipe on the blog will have to be the $17,500 Sour Apple Pork Burger recipe that won the Sutter Home Winery Build a Better Burger Competition in the alternative burger category back in May.  Other pork-faves are Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Perfect BBQ Iowa Chops and BBQ Pig Sticks.

Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp: Or as one reader searched for on the blog “Bacon Wrapped Sea Hogs”

Perfect BBQ Iowa Chops: Did you know “Iowa Chops” are thick cut (1 1/4 inch) chops, bone-in or not?  I like mine, bone-in because that will ensure you’ll have a portion of tenderloin on the other side of the bone. Yes please.
PorkChop3Meet Jennifer aka: Jeni:  She blogs at Jeni Eats and her Stir Fried Pork with Cucumber looks succulent and refreshing! We met this year at the Iowa State Fair after being friends on social media for quite some time.  We had a fabulous visit and enjoyed a Bauder’s Peppermint Bar.  She’s the sweetest!
Iowa Blogger Pork-nic








Meet Kristen: She blogs at Make the Best of Everything and she’s bringing these scrumptious looking Salsa and Nectarine BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches to our pork-party!  Nectarines are in season now, hop on this easy recipe!


Meet Stephanie: She blogs at Been There Baked That.  She’s bringing a delicious looking Sweet Potato Hash to our pork-nic.  I love being able to use pork in different ways at breakfast too, and this dish could easily be made for breakfast lunch or dinner! She uses ground pork too, I love her.
Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

Meet Kelli: Kelli blogs at The Sustainable Couple and she’s brining a mouthwatering Smoked Pork Loin (that has a brown sugar rub rolled up inside and SMOKED gorgeously, AND a copy cat of one of the best soups EVER, Zuppa Italiana Soup, just like Olive Garden!  Don’t miss these recipes and her tips on butterflying pork loin. For the soup, I may have to use some of my spicy sausage that the butcher is making up!

Here’s the Smoked Pork Loin: Look at that delicious smoky, caramelized crust!
Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

Meet Yudith: She blogs about food and family at Blissfully Delicious!  Her recipes do look blissfully delicious!  Check out her pork offerings of Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, and Sautéed Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions.  I’ll be making the sautéed chops with balsamic onions using the Iowa Chops I’ll be getting from Fred (the butcher).

pork chops








Meet Val: She blogs at Corn Beans Pigs and Kids and also raises hogs and farms in Iowa. She always shares tasty recipes and she’s passionate about agriculture and volunteerism.  She’s a great gal and has awesome pig-themed t-shirts.  (I’m jealous!) She’s sharing her recipe for Sweet and Spicy Hog Wild Baked Beans!  Yum!
Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

Meet Jenny: She blogs at In the Kitchen with Jenny and has been a huge friend and resource since I’ve started my blog.  She has delicious, down to earth and easy to make recipes that make my mouth water just thinking of them!  She is a master at preserving too, which always gets my attention!  Try her Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Whiskey BBQ Sauce!

Iowa Blogger Pork-nic

Meet Wini:  She blogs at Chez Bonne Femme, where you can find mouth watering recipes and bushels of information on the local Des Moines and Iowa food scene.  If she recommends something, I’m all ears.  After all, she does have her own cookbook!  This Autumn Pork Stew looks absolutely scrumptious!



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  • Reply ceil slings September 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Everything looks delicious!

  • Reply Beth Ann September 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Where to start? WHere to start? So many great pork recipes from some great bloggers! Thanks for sharing!

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