The Underrated Delight: Pork Neck Meat

Are you tired of the same old pork cuts? It’s time to discover the hidden gem—the tender and flavorsome pork neck! With an infusion of aromatic dry rub and a delectable sweet and spicy dipping sauce, every bite of roast pork neck will leave you amazed. Whether you serve it as an appetizer, entree, side dish, or in a buffet, this dish is destined to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.

Roast Pork Neck

Unveiling the Hidden Treasure

While pork neck may not be as familiar as popular cuts like pork loin, chops, or ribs, it undoubtedly ranks among the best in pork meat. This small, heavily marbled cut of meat, also known as pork neck fillet, neck end, or pork collar, is approximately the size of a large chicken breast. The generous fat marbling within the meat melts during cooking, enhancing its tenderness and flavor.

Pork Neck

If you’ve ever dined at a Thai restaurant, you might be familiar with grilled pork neck served alongside a spicy dipping sauce—a popular appetizer for sharing. While my pork neck recipe differs from the traditional Thai version, it is equally delightful and bursting with flavor.

Finding Pork Neck

To procure pork neck, show the image of this delectable cut to your local butcher or inquire at an Asian grocery store/butcher—a hotspot for Thai cooking ingredients.

The Art of Roasting Pork Neck

The Flavorsome Dry Rub

Apart from the pork neck itself, an essential element is the tantalizing dry rub, consisting of simple yet flavorful spices and seasonings. This seasoning blend includes sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and for those who love a kick, optional chili powder.

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Spices

To enhance the roasting process, ensure you have a baking rack that fits snugly into a baking pan or dish. The rack allows for even heat circulation around the meat, resulting in unmatched tenderness and flavor.

The Roasting Process

Begin by patting the pork neck pieces dry with a paper towel, then generously sprinkle the dry rub all over. Carefully pat the spices into the meat with your hands, ensuring it is evenly coated.

Place the seasoned pork neck on a rack within a foil-lined baking dish. Set your oven to 400F/200C and roast the meat for a total of 30 minutes, flipping it halfway through. Once the internal temperature reaches 150F/65C, the pork neck is ready to be removed from the oven.

Allow the meat to rest for approximately 5-10 minutes before slicing it crosswise into succulent portions.

Exploring Alternative Cooking Methods

If you’re a fan of the smoky taste, grilling your pork neck is an excellent option—just be cautious not to let the dry rub burn. Alternatively, pan-frying is another fantastic way to prepare this cut. For a combination cooking method, sear the meat in a pan and then transfer it to the oven to finish cooking. Regardless of your preferred cooking method, remember to check the internal temperature for doneness—150F/65C.

Presenting the Perfect Meal

A Saucy Dip

While the roasted pork neck is incredibly flavorful on its own, the dipping sauce takes it to another level of culinary delight. Comprising water, fish sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, and Thai chili pepper, this unique sauce strikes the perfect balance between salty, spicy, and sweet, beautifully complementing the pork.

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Dipping Sauce

Serve your roast pork neck as an entree alongside rice, or create delectable appetizers by wrapping a couple of slices in fresh lettuce leaves. This dish also shines as part of a buffet spread, ensuring satisfaction for a crowd.

Craving More?

If you’re in the mood for more Thai-inspired culinary adventures, explore these tantalizing recipes:

  • Shrimp Pad Thai
  • Chicken Skewers with Thai Curry Dipping Sauce
  • Seared Salmon Coconut Curry

Meal Presentation

Whether you’re familiar with the scrumptiousness of grilled pork neck from a Thai restaurant or new to this underrated cut, don’t miss the chance to experience the taste sensation it delivers. Seek out this hidden treasure of pork and embark on a culinary journey that will leave you utterly satisfied. Get ready to savor every mouthwatering bite!

~ Lisa.

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