Pork Gives you the Best Bang for Your Buck During the Grilling Season

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Click to enter the Pork Chop Drop SweepstakesGrills are heating-up in backyards nationwide and aside from your guest list, the next most important question is: What are you serving? Look no further than pork for a delicious, budget-friendly protein perfect for any gathering this summer. Everyone knows that saving a few dollars is key, but not at the expense of quality. The trick is knowing what to look for to find the best value, especially when selecting your main course, and pork provides you with a unique versatility to bring any flavor to life.

That’s why each Monday through July, we’ll share the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) weekly price comparisons to help you find versatile meals that won’t break the bank. Each week, you’ll see how the national average price for pork chops and their steak counter-parts compare, along with an easy look at the savings you’ll get by picking pork. So be sure to check-back frequently and try a new recipe each week! This week, we recommend a brand-new “10 for $10” recipe from Jenn Fowler, from Frugal Upstate (FrugalUpstate.com), Grilled Pork Spiedies. Be sure to check back each week throughout the summer to see – and cook – the entire collection.

While shopping for pork at the supermarket, be sure to keep an eye out for labels featuring the new pork cut names that will match names of popular cuts of beef for easier identification and preparation. The new names are designed to reflect the names of cuts of meat that shoppers are already familiar with - making it easier for you to select and prepare juicy, tender and flavorful pork this grilling season.

New pork names you’ll see:

  • Porterhouse Pork Chop (Previous name: Loin Chop)
  • Ribeye Pork Chop, Bone-In (Previous name: Rib Chop Center)
  • Ribeye Pork Chop (Previous name: Rib Chop)
  • New York Pork Chop (Previous name: Top Loin Chop)
USDA Pricing Data
USDA National Average Price (per pound)
8/2/2013 - 8/9/2013
Pork Beef Percent Savings
Porterhouse Pork Chop Porterhouse Steak  
$2.95 $9.57 69%
Ribeye Pork Chop, Bone-in Ribeye Steak, Bone-in  
$2.31 $6.79 66%
Ribeye Pork Chop, Boneless Ribeye Steak, Boneless  
$2.59 $8.52 70%
New York Pork Chop New York Strip Steak  
$3.36 $8.21 59%

Sources: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/lswporkfeatures.pdf