Want To Know The Tastiest Way To Say Thanks? It's Called Porksgiving.

The National Pork Board is inspiring people to give back with pork through the New Year

Nov 02, 2015, 07:00 ET from National Pork Board

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- From the beginning of November until New Year's Day we're reminded of countless opportunities to give back to others, spread love, create moments for sharing delicious meals with family and friends – and, most importantly, say thanks to those who've given to us and others all year long. To inspire people across the country to remember and take the time to do all of that, the National Pork Board (NPB) will also celebrate "Porksgiving," a time for giving back – with pork.

"There's no better way to show someone your appreciation than with a home-cooked meal – and there's no better meal than one made with pork," said Pamela Johnson, director, consumer communications, the National Pork Board. "Whether you want to thank someone who makes time for their local community, a neighbor who serves in the military or a friend who volunteers for those less fortunate, we want to inspire you to put together a soul-warming, delicious meal that expresses your gratitude in just the right way."

Get inspired to give back with juicy, tender pork all season by visiting www.PorkBeinspired.com/Porksgiving. There, the National Pork Board will share stories that feature pork fans coast-to-coast showing their thanks with flavor-filled pork dishes – like one daughter who thanked her 80-year-old mom who, despite her own age, still makes a difference in the lives of the elderly in her community. Visitors also will be able to see how pig farmers have given back throughout the year – like the many pounds of pork they've given to food banks, and how they've supported the military and raised funds to give to those in need. The site will include featured recipes and be updated daily with new acts of Porksgiving.

Take the time to say thanks during Porksgiving by serving up one of NPB's new recipes:

  • Pork Herbed Ribeye Roast with Cauliflower: This celebration-worthy recipe centers around a succulent pork roast seasoned simply with thyme, salt and pepper, completed with a creamy Chardonnay butter sauce and oven-roasted cauliflower with bacon – a special way to show family and friends your appreciation.
  • Chorizo Meatballs with Manchego Cheese: Smoky chorizo and ground pork are combined with garlic, paprika, basil, bread crumbs and Manchego cheese in these tender appetizer meatballs – a simple but flavorful starter for a holiday gathering of those you are most thankful for.
  • Pork Bánh Mì Sandwiches: Say thanks to a neighbor or giving crew with this crowd-pleasing, sweet-savory Vietnamese sandwich featuring juicy pork tenderloin in a traditional marinade of sugar, garlic, chili sauce, fresh lime and fish sauce, and pickled vegetables.
  • Simple Slow-Cooker Pork Adobo: Slow-cooked, perfectly browned and tender pork shoulder gets rich adobo flavor from coconut vinegar, soy sauce and garlic in this comfort-filled recipe, which is an easy way to share your gratitude with friends.

Remember – no matter which recipe you choose to share, cook pork chops, roasts and tenderloin to an internal temperature between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium), followed by a three-minute rest. For ground pork, cook to an internal temperature of 160°F.

Find more recipes to share throughout Porksgiving at Facebook.com/porkbeinspired and follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram: @porkbeinspired. And, as you're inspired to give back in other ways this season, you can now wrap gifts for the pork lovers in your life with bacon. Bacon-designed wrapping paper will be available for the Porksgiving and holiday season at www.PorkBeinspired.com/Porksgiving.

About the National Pork Board
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.

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