Pork chops- this simple recipe will make you look like a grilling rock star. Photo by Christopher Aloi, Creative commons- flikr.

Pork chops- this simple recipe will make you look like a grilling rock star. Photo by Christopher Aloi, Creative commons- flikr.

I can’t believe the 4th of July is almost here! While I grill almost every night anyway, for most people this is their biggest grilling holiday of the year! So get out of the burger and hotdog rut and try something new this year. Pork is at ridiculously low prices right now so it’s the perfect time to get creative with this ever versatile protein, while also saving a few bucks. According to this week’s data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Porterhouse Pork Chop is 60% less expensive than the Porterhouse Beef Steak and the New York Pork Chop is 58% less expensive than the New York Beef Strip Steak- which means entertaining with Pork is a tasty AND cost effective option this Holiday.

The Super Fast Thermapen- a griller's best friend for cooking perfection!

The Super Fast Thermapen- a griller’s best friend for cooking perfection!

I’ve listed some of my favorite recipes cooking with pork to help with your 4th of July. In addition, I’m partnering with ThermoWorks to give away an instant read, super fast Thermapen in your choice of Red, White Or Blue. The Thermapen is my favorite tool for grilling because it reads internal temps of meat instantly, which means you don’t have to stand there and let all the heat out of your grill or oven. Using the Thermapen helps me take the guesswork out of grilling so once I’ve reached the proper internal temp- I can pull the meat off and tent it under foil for 10 minutes to let the juices redistribute. This is my trip for perefectly cooked cuts every time!

WINNER ANNOUNCED: Thanks to Chris Grove from Nibblemethis.com for contributing his plans to do beef ribs for the 4th! Thanks for always being a loyal contributor Chris! 🙂To be eligible for the giveaway, please “like” my fanpage, the ThermoWorks fanpage and leave a comment on my blog with your favorite recipes for grilling out on the 4th. The chosen recipe/winner will be featured on my blog. Contest runs until Friday, July 5th.

Awesome Pork Recipes:!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mango Ginger Chutney Glaze

Pinoy Pork Skewers

Grilled Island Spice Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic and Ginger

Chipotle Rubbed Ribeye Pork Chop

Apricot Ginger Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Italian Sausage Skewers

Feed a crowd with pork tenderloin by turning them into sliders. I paired my "Island spice" pork tenderloin with slaw and put them on King's Hawaiian rolls for a tasty yet economical way to serve a crowd.

Feed a crowd with pork tenderloin by turning them into sliders. I paired my “Island spice” pork tenderloin with slaw and put them on King’s Hawaiian rolls for a tasty yet economical way to serve a crowd.

Go to the Porkbeinspired facebook page to play the “Pork Chop Drop” game for the chance to win pork discounts and  cash prizes.