I interviewed pig farmer Jessica Kirskey of Little D's Farm in Grand Saline, Texas for Talk Farm to Me's Five LIVE on Instagram live last week. She is super passionate about her pigs and shared some really interesting knowledge with us about breeding, harvesting, pig personalities and how she got started pig farming. It's worth a listen. You can find it on my IGTV channel on Instagram (on @xoxofarmgirl where you can see it and hear it) or via Season 5 on Talk Farm to Me (podcast audio only), wherever you choose to download your podcasts.
Jessica also shared her favorite pork recipe. I mean, if a pig farmer can't cook pork, we might as well throw in the towel. I have to say, Jessica is a cook who's right up my alley. I am a simple cook. And if you buy good meat from a good farmer, you don't need to do too much to dress it up. So, here it is, plain and simple.
Pan Seared Back Strap
You are already asking yourself... "What the heck is the back strap?" It's the tenderloin. Meat cuts have various names. Let's bring back the Back Strap... I think it says more about the cut than tenderloin. See what your butcher says when you ask for it.
Look for dark red, marbled meat
Salt and pepper the meat on both sides
Sear it in a pan with a little olive oil
Let me know what you find out and if you make this delicious recipe. Thanks farmer Jessica!
xoxo Farm Girl