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Nov 30, 2010 08:02 AM

Where to find pork cheeks?

I am dying to try cooking pork cheeks, and can't find them anywhere! Does anyone know where to find them?

Thank you!

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  1. I got some at Drew*s about a year ago.... ordered ahead
    I think Lucy Pork on Mission would also have

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    1. re: celeryroot

      You could call the Fatted Calf's new retail store on Fell. I'll bet they could order you some.

      Fatted Calf
      320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    2. You can buy pork cheeks at Ranch 99. I've bought some a few times this year at the one in San Jose. I haven't seen the last time I went though.

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      1. re: nattofan

        I bought one a couple of weeks ago at R99 in Richmond. Asked at the butcher counter at a time when they were butchering hogs.; Asked for pork cheeks and the guy behind the counter just looked at me like I was from Mars. When I patted my cheek, he got it. He dug into a cardboard box under the butchering table and pulled one out, cleaned it up a bit and sold it to me for an outrageously cheap price.

        It's curing as guanciale right now.

        I'd like to find a source from a higher quality, pastured, local, well educated, with all the privileges expected of an upper middle-class, professional, suburban hog, but I haven't found a source.

          1. re: wolfe

            'Excellent. Thank you. I will say, however , that the MSF jowls are more than 5 times what I paid at R99. Figure a pig jowl weighs in at about a pound and a half or so. I paid less than two bucks for the whole thing. No surprise, all those upper middle class hog perks don't come cheap.

            Seriously, I expect to have my guanciale ready in another week (I'm using the Peter Reinhart recipe as an intro experiment in charcuterie). If it comes out as well as I hope, I'm eager to try another using higher-quality pork. I will definitely look into MSF.

      2. I would check with Mexican carnicerĂ­as.

        1. If you live in the City you can find in Chinatown on Stockton @ Jackson. One is Lien Hing and the other one is across the street on the corner. It's around $4/lb. If you want it already cooked, many of the Chinese delis that have roast pork and duck also have it. It's about $8/lb.

          I just boil and dip it in garlic soy sauce (Taiwan style).

          Lien Hing
          1112 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

          1. You also can check Manilla Mart if there's one near you, but you can never be sure they will have them at a particular store. Same with Ranch 99. I've never seen them at their Daly City store.