Cuts of PorkJust like beef, pork is divided into large sections called primal cuts. These primals are then broken down further into individual retail cuts.
Unlike beef, however, pork is not split into sides. Instead, it is broken down directly into its main primal cuts.
The most tender cuts of pork are from the rib and loin. It's where we get the expression "high on the hog" — the most desirable cuts of meat come from higher up on the animal. By contrast, the shank and shoulder muscles give us the toughest cuts.
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