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Types of Pork Cuts

Ham​
Ham​

Common Names: Shank Roast, Leg Roast (Click on image to enlarge) Description: This portion of the fresh ham is the lower leg (shank) portion of the pork ham wholesale cut.

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Leg​
Leg​

Pork legs are low in fat and can be quite dry when slow-roasted. Many are cured to make ham. Cooking the meat on the bone will help to keep it moist and produce lovely juices that you can use for gravy, like in this delicious roast pork leg recipe. Pork escalopes should be flash-fried or grilled quickly to prevent them from drying out.

Pork Belly​
Pork Belly​

Thick or thin, bone-in or bone-less pork chops are cut from meat perpendicular to the spine, often from the loin. Cook: “These are a high heat, fry or grill kind of thing,” says Mylan. Pork chops from the shoulder end are fattier than from the loin end.

Pork Chop​
Pork Chop​

2. Rib Chop. Other names: Center-cut rib chop, pork chop end cut, pork rib cut chop, rib end cut, rib pork chop; Where it's from: The rib section of the loin, from the shoulder to the middle of the loin (the rib bones attached to these chops are actually baby back ribs). What it looks like: Large eye of lean loin meat and no tenderloin meat.

source: thekitchn.com
Pork Loin​
Pork Loin​

The entire pork loin can be roasted, or it can be cut into individual chops or cutlets. The tenderloin is taken from the rear of the pork loin, and baby-back ribs come from the upper ribcage area of the loin. Above the loin is another section of fatback which can be used for making lard, salt pork, or added to sausage or ground pork.

Sirloin Steak​
Sirloin Steak​

Other names: Blade chops, blade steaks, blade-end pork loin chops, pork loin blade chops, pork shoulder steaks, pork shoulder blade steaks, pork steaks; Where it's from: The shoulder. What it looks like: Shoulder chops have dark-colored meat, lots of fat and connective tissues, and some blade bone.

source: thekitchn.com
Spare Ribs​
Spare Ribs​

Alas, they are not. A standing rib roast (beef) is the same as a rack of lamb is the same as a bone-in pork roast or pork crown roast. Beef short ribs are pretty much the same as pork spare ribs, but don't ask for beef spare ribs because there is no such thing.

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