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Mar 10, 2014 07:20 PM

oh no, pork jowls

I grabbed this 3lb sack of fresh pork jowls today not knowing what to do with them, cause they looked fatty and delicious. my other recent mystery meat purchases have all worked out well. I got home and started googling and all the pork jowls I spy are smoked and cured. these are not. what do I do? I don't have any experience with smoking or curing and I don't know if I want to. I can't throw away 3 pounds of fatty looking special meat!!!! is anything to be done with fresh pork jowl? should I just give it away? I am the saddest I have ever been about pork!!!!

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  1. These can be fried, braised, made into a ragu.....

      1. Throw them in the slow cooker for a few hours, no liquid necessary. When cooked enough for the meat to shred, have a delightful messy time separating out meat, from fat, from other stuff (use your hands!), use the meat for tacos or whatever. You will have rendered out some lard to cook with. Put the unrendered fatty bits in a roasting pan in an oven at 300 to render out more fat and leave you with delicious cracklings (salted to taste). Throw out any bony bits and give the rest to the dog.

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        1. re: andrewtree

          do you think this would work in a Dutch oven in the oven? cause it sounds both delicious and closer to my skill set than curing/smoking. I don't have a slow cooker but this sounds like exactly what I want.

          1. re: andrewtree

            I would also rub with the seasoning of my choice, sear and then cook.

          2. Marinate in some soy sauce, hoisin, rice wine, garlic and ginger, with salt and sugar to taste, then stir fry.

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                  1. re: mwhitmore

                    Rule of thumb for tough cuts:

                    Hot and Fast


                    Slow and Low

                    Anything in between these two things will produce tough meat.

                1. Use them as you would use bacon...uncured and unsmoked, most likely best as an 'additive" to other stuff. The flavor is outstanding!
                  The fat rendered out can be used to grill meats and vegiies