- Bacon (of course this would be the first on our list!)
- Low-carb vegetables
- Black coffee
- Basically anything high in fat!
5 Best Strategies to Pork Chop GrillingEveryone deserves a plate full of tender, juicy, tasty, grilled Circle B Ranch pork chop. One bite into this and you will awaken your taste buds to enjoy the best eating experience. If you are already salivating for this, you are about to read great news. Do you know that you do not have to look for a restaurant to dig into perfectly done grilled pork? You can enjoy this meal at home anytime you want. If you would like to know how to do this, read on and take note of the best strategies to simplify the pork grilling process.
- Use the Right Grill
- Carefully Select your Cuts
- Brine the Meat Beforehand
- Combine both Indirect and Direct Heat Combustion
- Let the Meat Rest
As we continue our wine series, we’ll introduce the sweeter variety. As we stated in our last post, wines containing 35 grams of residual sugar or more are defined as “sweet.” Although everyone has a different palate, many people start off drinking sweeter wines before diving into the more dry zesty whites.
With that being said, let’s get right into some of the more popular “sweet” white wine options (the list isn’t limited to just these though!):
Moscato (Muscat Blanc):
Usually Moscato wine comes from a grape variety in Italy and is usually considered to be fresh and light. Moscato can be sparkling, still, or fortified, but Moscato d’Asti is the most common (which is typically what we all think of when we hear the word anyway). With fruity flavors that some liken to apple or grape juices, Moscato wine has a low alcohol content and works well with dessert like an Apple Crostata – but surprisingly, is also a fantastic pairing with lighter meat like chicken or even seafood.
Grown in Germany, this white wine is probably one of the most heavily influenced by the soil it grows in – which means it can be filled with a number of different fruity and floral flavors. Because of its ability to balance with a range of food types, Riesling wine is hailed as being one of the most refreshing in the world.
Pronounced “guh-voorts-truh-meener,” this sweet wine has a higher alcohol content than Moscato with even lower acidity. Gewurztraminer comes from the Alps and is from a surprisingly hard to find wine grape – there’s only about 20,000 acres of it around the world!
It has a tell-tale lychee smell that often includes grapefruit, rose, and ginger aromatics as well. This “adult” white wine pairs amazingly well with Circle B Ranch Pork Chops in our Cinnamon Pork Chops with Marina’s Pear Ginger Chutney recipe. People often pair Gewurztraminer with Middle Eastern cuisine as well.
Tokaji sweet white wine is such a celebrated (and delicious) wine that it has its own day – December 10th! This wine actually gets its unique flavor from a fungus that comes from the grapes, making the wine very sweet. Because it is so sweet, Tokaji is better paired with savory or salty dishes rather than desserts, but it can pair well with fruits and chocolate (like our Cranberry Chutney Brownies!). For a savory recipe, check out our Circle B Ranch Savory Pork Loin!
This is probably one of the most expensive sweet white wines you’ll find, and comes from France. Sauternes is set apart from the rest for its slight nuttiness that combines with flavors of peaches, apricots, and honey. Most of the time, it is sold in half-bottles of 375ml.
Many pair this wine with soft cheese, meals with a lot of spice, or tender meats. We’d recommend a beautiful meal with our Circle B pork chops with roasted brussels sprouts for a perfect pairing!
Stay tuned for the next blog post in our Circle B Ranch wine series! Next, we’ll go over sweet RED wines and their perfectly delicious pairings.[ ... ]
The Right White Wine Makes the MealWelcome to the second installment of Circle B Ranch’s new wine blog series. In the last article, I discussed basing meal preparation on your chosen wine, defined the term “dry,” and provided a short list of dry red wines to get you started. Today, I would like to examine more basic definitions and discuss dry white wine options. To give you more knowledge about wine selection, I want to begin by going over terminology and definitions. Last time, I introduced the term “dry.” Dry wines are typically acidic and tangy. They tend to make your mouth dry out when you taste them, but one cannot simply define “dry” by taste. A “dry” label technically applies to any wine that contains less than 10 grams of residual sugar. Some dry wines may taste sweet to the palate because they have fruity or sweet floral flavors. Wines containing more than 10 grams of residual sugar, but less than 35 grams are classified as “off-dry.” An off-dry wine is typically sweeter than a dry wine, but it is still a dry wine. Only wines containing 35 grams of residual sugar or more are identified as “sweet.” This knowledge will come in handy as you continue to read the wine series. Now, let’s go over some of your dry white wine options. This is only a short list. The wines I discuss here are a few of the most recognized in the world. Circle B Ranch Pork Chops with Apples & Apple Cider. You may also pair it with our Three-Ingredient Sweet & Sour Meatballs as the wine’s acidity balances well with sweet and sour elements. Springtime Spaghetti Carbonara or Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Cream Sauce to create a perfect meal. Avocado Carbonara or with your favorite Circle B Ranch grilled pork chop recipe. Thai-Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Orange Curry Sauce. You may also pair this refreshing spirit with Chicken Scarpariello as it works perfectly with the sauce (which should also be prepared with the Sauvignon Blanc). Asian Marinated Pork Chops & Oriental Lentil Salad. Look for the next article in the Circle B Ranch wine series. I’ll discuss varieties of sweet red wines and provide you with more delicious recipes for your perfect dinner. References and Wine Resources: www.bbcgoodfood.com Winefolly Winemag.com www.wineaustralia.com [ ... ]
Begin Your Meal With A Fine WineThere will come a time when you may need to prepare a special meal. Should you have appetizers? What should you choose for a main course? Which wine would best accompany the meal? This last thought is especially important as wines are meant to meld with the meal you are consuming. If you choose the wrong wine, you end up with incompatible flavors and a dinner disaster. The best way to avoid this catastrophe is to plan the meal around a preferred wine.
Choosing a WineThere are a variety of wines to choose from—dry wines, sweet wines, dessert wines, red, white, and rose. Selecting a wine can be as daunting as picking a meal. Because I know that wine selection can be tough, I have decided to create a series of articles to assist you with the process. Before you choose a wine, you should be familiar with wine variations and terms. In this first article, I’ll define the meaning of “dry” for those of you who are not wine aficionados. Have you ever taken a swallow of wine that was very tangy, not sweet at all, and made your mouth dry as the desert? If so, you have tasted a dry wine. Usually dry wines are not sweet since they contain little to no sugar—less than 10 grams of residual sugar. They are often tangy because of a high acidity level, but one can’t always rely on taste alone. Some dry wines may seem sweet due to a fruity flavor. These wines are considered more complex and sophisticated in essence and aroma because they encompass a variety of pure flavors that meld together. There are several varieties of dry wines to choose from, but we will start with the dry red wines. Here is a short list of dry red wines and the ideal meals to pair with them: Marina’s Meatball Parmigiana Pizza or One Pan Pasta with Bacon and Peas. sausages . Veggies such as lentils and haricot beans also pair well with this wine. Present Bordeaux with Wild Mushroom Pate and Bacon Maple Baked Brie . Marinated & Grilled Flank Steak. Bolognes Sauce Recipe Made with Berkshire Ground Pork (make sure to use the Chianti in the recipe as well) or Marina’s Pork Lasagna. Here at Circle B Ranch we are all about simplicity. I want to provide you with the knowledge you need to make your food preparation as easy as possible. Don’t forget to look for the next blog in the Circle B Ranch wine series. I will share information about dry white wines, and you can look forward to more delicious recipes to accompany them. References and Other Wine Resources: www.winedryness.com http://winefolly.com www.vinepair.com www.food and wine.com [ ... ]
First, choose the right pork chop.Here at Circle B Ranch we have a delicious full 10 ounce bone-in chop. Since it is thicker it takes a longer to cook. The bone gives the meat a richer flavor. TIP: Pork chops—such as Circle B Ranch Berkshire Pork Chops—that come from pasture-fed heritage-breeds contain a more full-bodied essence.
Brine the pork chops to deliver more flavor.Brining the pork chops improves the taste and texture of the meat. Brining seasons both the exterior and the interior and changes the structure of the meat to result in a juicier chop. It takes as little as 30 minutes, but you can brine the chops for up to 4 hours. TIP: You can also dry brine the chops by rubbing them thoroughly with salt and pepper.
Do not cook pork chops cold.Cooking the chops straight from the refrigerator results in overcooking. If the pork chop is too cold, the outside will cook before the inside of the meat reaches the correct temperature. TIP: Before cooking the chops, set them out for 15-30 minutes, just enough time to let the meat get to room temperature.
Sear pork chops before baking.Searing your chops before baking helps avoid overcooking and develops more flavor by sealing in the meat’s juices. This cooking method causes a chemical reaction, called the “Maillard effect,” which boosts the depth of flavor. Searing also improves the overall presentation of the pork chop, because it caramelizes sugars and creates a golden-brown crust. TIPS: To sear, begin with a hot pan at high heat. The high heat will create caramelization and a quick seal to keep in the juices. If finishing the chop in the skillet, bring the heat down to medium to prevent overcooking of the outside and undercooking of the inside. Start by searing the “presentation” side of the chop—the side your dinner guests will see on their plate—first. Cook from 1 ½ to 3 minutes per side to obtain a perfect golden-brown crust. Don’t trim the fat from the chops before searing; the fat will brown and crisp, giving you pork chop even more flavor.
Grill chops to perfection by varying heat.Grilling a pork chop is comparative to cooking it in a pan on the stove top. Start with a hot grill; properly preheating the grill aids in searing the meat and helps with caramelization. Place the chops over direct heat (directly over the heat source) to give it a quick sear and seal in juices. Then move the chops into indirect heat to cook them properly—the process is slower, allowing the inside of the meat to thoroughly cook without burning the outside. TIPS: If you have marinated or wet brined your meat, pat off excess moisture. The idea is to give the chops flavor yet get them to sear instead of steam. Do not use sharp utensils to turn the chops. Keep moistness and flavor by using a spatula or tongs that will not pierce the meat and release juices. For a juicier chop, rest the meat before indulging. Resting the chops allows the fiber of the meat to relax; this means the juices redistribute through the meat. It only takes a few minutes of rest to obtain a tender juicier chop. TIP: Rest the chop after cooking for 5-10 minutes. You can finish last-minute meal preparations while the meat rests. Follow these cooking tips to get a perfectly cooked pork chop every time. You can say goodbye to raw or tough pork chops, and your family will love indulging in a simple but delightful meal. [ ... ]
John and I have always had a passion for good wholesome food—natural foods that are healthy and good for you. Through Circle B Ranch, John and I have delivered to our customers the best quality, natural pasture-fed pork possible....and we found that there was a huge gap in healthy snacking foods.
After watching the public consume over-processed, chemically saturated, unhealthy snacks for years, we decided to create a snack stick that is healthier than other snack sticks found in today’s market—Big John’s Nitrite-Free Bacon Snack Stick.
Compared to the “other snack sticks,” our Nitrite-Free Bacon Snack Stick has a list of all-natural ingredients:
As you can see, Big John’s NF Bacon Snack Sticks contain NO grain fillers, NO preservatives, and NO artificial flavors. These snack sticks are created from Circle B Ranch’s own NF bacon, ground Berkshire pork, and natural spices. Big John’s NF Bacon Snack Sticks do not contain artificial ingredients:
- NO gluten, hormones or antibiotics
- NO High Fructose Corn Syrup or Red Dye
- NO Sodium Benzoate
When it comes to snack sticks, Big John’s Nitrite-Free Bacon Snack Sticks are a healthy, guilt-free snack option. These delicious, flavor-filled snack sticks are real food—low in calories, low in sodium, and low in sugar. Concerns about diabetes and obesity can be tossed aside.
Circle B Ranch Bacon Snack Sticks Make Snacking Guilt-Free:
- Only 90 calories in each ONE OUNCE stick
- 5 grams of protein
- Low sodium (170 mg sodium)
- NO carbs, NO sugar
Snacking Can Be Healthy
Big John’s Nitrite-Free Bacon Snack Sticks do not contain any artificial additives:
- NO High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Red Dye, No Artificial Flavors
- NO added Nitrates or Nitrites (no nasty cancer-causing carcinogens)
- NO MSG
- NO added hormones or antibiotics
Big John’s Nitrite-Free Bacon Snack Sticks are nutritionally beneficial:
- Full 1-ounce stick curbs hunger better (other snack sticks come in .28 oz sizes, less than 1/3 the size!)
- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free
- Great for any diet: Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 friendly
- Low in carbs, Low in Calories, High in Protein
- Made from natural ingredients