Spotlight on the other “white meat” today: pork! Yas!
Is Pork Paleo?
There is only 1 rule in Paleo diet meats: if it used to make a sound (moo, oink, baa, pika-pi, mee), then it is Paleo-friendly. You’ll be glad to hear that almost all meats are Paleo except of course for the highly-processed meats liked canned meat (spam, corned beef, canned sausages, burgers), hotdogs, and other types of low quality meats. Bacon is also Paleo provided it didn’t go through heavy processing and doesn’t contain additional nitrites/nitrates and sweeteners. Going to a butcher shop where meats are cut on site is your best bet in getting the unprocessed ones. Here’s a good list of Paleo meats coz I know you’re itching to know: poultry, turkey, bison, pork, lamb, veal, rabbit, goat, elk, emu, beef, goose, kangaroo, bear (leave the hunting to the professionals), boar, deer, ostrich, veal, venison, rattlesnake… ratlesnake?! Yeah, seriously. Okay, I’m gonna stop here. The list gets weirder as we go on but anyway, always choose grass-fed as much as possible.
Below is a map of Southern U.S.A., I mean, a chart of pork cuts and the best way to cook them.
Paleo Pork Bbq with Paleo Bbq Sauce
What you need for the tangy bbq sauce:
- 3 tablespoons butter (butter is allowed in Paleo eating, use natural butter as much as possible)
- 24 ounces or 3 cups strained tomatoes (tomato puree can also be used)
- 7 ounces or 14 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Play Eagles’ “Hotel California” on your phone.
- Turn the heat to high and melt the butter in a sauce pan, stir in strained tomatoes.
- Turn the heat down to medium and add the following: tomato paste, vinegar (if you want your sauce to be a bit more tangy, add 1 cup instead of half), coconut aminos (Coconut aminos is a soy-free seasoning sauce made from coconut tree sap. Basically it’s the Paleo replacement for soy sauce.), molasses (add 1/3 cup honey if you want your sauce to be sweet), garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder (add more if you desire a spicy sauce).
- Combine all ingredients very well. At this point you will add salt and pepper, recommended amount is 1 teaspoon each but you can adjust it to your taste.
- Get your choice of pork cut. For this recipe I recommend any of the following: loin, sirloin, tenderloin, spare ribs and the usual pork chop. Make sure it is around half an inch thick.
- Marinate your meat in the sauce for at least 4 hours but of course nothing beats overnight marinating.
- Heat up your grill & cook each side for 4-5 minutes. Brush some sauce on the meat if you think it’s drying out.
- Serve with roasted vegetables and more of the sauce we made earlier!
The rule of thumb for cooking meat that is about 1/2 inch thick is you don’t want to cook it over 14 minutes. The USDA says an internal temperature of 145F followed by a 3-minute rest will give you the safest pink doneness. I have included a meat doneness guide when I wrote a beef steak recipe, be sure to check it out if you’re not so much of a fan of precision cooking.