Pork Chart

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By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Ever wonder what part of a pig the cuts of pork you purchase from your local butcher come from? Let Paula’s simple pork chart of the primal cuts show you. Pork is divided into these large sections called primal cuts. The primal cuts are then broken down further into your individual retail cuts. Follow the primal cuts from Paula’s pork chart to the key below to click on some of her favorite recipes for each cut.

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Perhaps you can use this technique as shown in our Fried Pork Chops , you can also get an idea of how the Deen Bros. make their Lamp Chops, except do it with pork: The Deen Bros. Lighter Honey Mustard and Pecan-Herb Coated Lamb Chops. These are our breaded meats. If you need any more help, please contact us again. Thanks for visiting our site!

By Anonymous on March 21, 2013


I have ben in the kitchen cooking for years but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong when I do breaded pork chops. It seems that every time I do this most of the breading seems to fall off before the pork is finished frying. What is the correct way to do breaded pork chops. I love your show and copy many of your recipes at home. Thanks Tim

By Tim Figura on March 20, 2013

I’ve been around pigs most of my young life - helped “slop” many of them!  But what in the world is the “clear plate” on the drawing?

By Jeannie Box on March 16, 2010

Evan should be paid for his efforts….cute pig!

By Lynda Hawkins on March 16, 2010

I think it is soooo cute Evan needs to be paid for his efforts!

By Lynda Hawkins on March 16, 2010

I think the pork chart was great. Would appreciate your recipe for pulled pork sandwiches.

By Claudia Anderson on March 15, 2010

Love the chart! But what do you do with the hind feet??

By Brenda Gaines on March 15, 2010

A link to print this to add to my 3-ring binder recipe book would be great.  I’ll just save the photo and then print it.  I’ve got a beef page from my Better Homes and Gardens magazine a few years ago. Thanks Paula and Evan!

By Lynn on March 15, 2010

that pig chart chart si awsome I have never seen one that I can remember lots of cow charts are around I also like the menu showing the part of the pig the diffrent items came from very educational Thank You

By Diana D.Smith on March 15, 2010

I really like the pork chart and the menu showing what part of the pig the diffrent dishes come from It is kind of nice to know,never had seen a pig chart that I can remember, very educational thank you.

By DIANA D SMITH on March 15, 2010

I love it…I always have such a hard time remembering the parts of the pig…If only you could get one of the cow too!...The recipes are great. Thanks

By Nicole on March 15, 2010

Oh wow, I love the PIggie Chart.  Learned a few things,,,,the recipes are awesome

By judi on March 15, 2010

Paul Deen is about the only person on the planet that inspires me to cook.  It’s all so yummy!

By Mona Matthews on March 15, 2010

I think this chart is great and it gives me new ideas of how to cook pork besides doing my normal pulled pork sandwiches and ,oven baked chops,  thanks so much puala I love your shows.

By Ricky Kloock jr. on March 15, 2010

Love this and love me some Paula Deen!

By Jamie on March 15, 2010

This is fantastic! Would it be possible for you to do a similar chart and recipe links for beef? That would be an awesome help! Thanks so much!

By Liz Lowe on March 15, 2010

Oh Lordy that is the cutest little drawing I’ve ever seen!  I’ll take a poster and a t-shirt…lol…and thanks for the great new recipes!!

By Gammie on March 15, 2010

Stripling’s Sausage needs this in a large version for their store.

By Carol Anne Moore on March 15, 2010

I love this! It is very helpful because I too tend to forget where each cut comes from. Now you just need to do it for beef!

By Rhonda on March 15, 2010

I think it is wonderful. I love the drawing and that you provided recipes as well.

Thank you,

By Sherri Whelan on March 15, 2010

i love the pork chart!!!and i have been wanting to put more protein in our diets and been wondering what to do with swiss chard thanks!! i love collard greens but have no idea have to make them so any ideas would be great!!

By debi on March 15, 2010

Thanks Paula .... smile

By Chip Ratliff on March 15, 2010

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
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