10 Facts about pork:
√ Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.
√ Salt pork was a key staple food for Washington’s troops at Valley Forge in the winter of 1776 to 1777.
√ A pig’s squeal can range from 110-115 decibels, a Concorde jet is usually under 112 decibels.
√ Insulin and about 40 other medicines are made from pigs.
√ Pigs are smart! They can learn to push a lever in the barnyard to get a drink of water or a dish of food. Over the years pigs have been taught to tumble, race, pull carts, dance and hunt.
√ In Kansas there are close to 1,500 hog farms, more than 99% of which are family owned.
• Out of all farm animals, pigs have the best sense of smell.
• Even though they don’t seem like it, pigs are the cleanest farm animals. They roll in mud because they don’t sweat and that is their way of cooling off.
• Pigs can run a 7-minute mile. • Pig heart valves can be used to replace damaged human heart valves.
• Swine were among the first of all animals to be domesticated.
2 pork chops
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
pepper to taste
Place all marinade ingredients in a medium bowl, whisk to combine. Place the pork chops in a plastic ziplock bag big enough to hold the chops and marinade. Add the marinade to the plastic bag. Zip it almost closed, squeeze all the air out of the bag and completely close the bag.
Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate chops overnight, turning the bag often to make sure all the surfaces of the chops are covered in the marinade.
When it’s time to grill – remove the chops from the bag, throw away any leftover marinade. Let the chops come to room temperature before grilling. Grill chops 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill.