What Makes Large Black Pork So Much Better?
Many of the country's most respected chefs applaud the quality of pork from the Large Black Pig breed. It is a darker pork with short muscle fibers that make it succulent and tender. The fat of the Large Black is micro-marbled thorought the meat, making it flavorful and juicy, its flavor being described as Old World. The meat is perfect for the grill, the marbled fat basting as it cooks, keeping it moist. The Large Black pig is also noted for its exceptional bacon.
The Food Network's Iron Chef Jose Garces utilize Large Black Pigs. He is a spokesman for the National Pork Board. With good intra muscular fat, the Large Black hog is quite moist, juicy and flavorful.
The Garces Trading Company in Philadelphia uses locally raised Large Blacks for many of their charcuterie items. The consistent intra-muscular fat marbling makes it perfect for sausages, hams, and cured products.
Chef Chris Painter of il Pittore, previously of Philadelphia's finest Italian restaurants, celebrated La Festa di Sant' Antonio Abate, a traditional feast held every January in Italy, using every part of the hog.
For this feast, they use the a rare heritage type of hog originally bred in England, where it was called Devon or Cornwall. Large Black Hogs have a sweet, slightly nutty flavor, Painter said, quoting the Reading Eagle newspaper.
"It's the best pork we could find," he said.
Chef Tarver King, executive chef at the Ashby Inn and Restaurant in Washington, D.C. recently competed in the D.C. leg of the Cochon 555, a competition in which 5 chefs are given a whole hog to wow the judges with. Chef King was given a Large Black Pig from Leaping Waters Farm. Chef King said of the pig, "Very robust pork flavor. We liked it a lot!"
Black Hog Barbecue with 3 locations in Maryland. Compared to other breeds, the flavors of the Black Hog’s meat is exceptional. The lean micro-marbled meat is extra tender due to the breed's short muscle fibers. This produces a tender, moist cut of pork with an exquisite and unique taste.