One Pound Package Pastured Pork Hot Dogs
We sell a lot of loins, sirloins, tenerloins, pork loin chops, bacon and hams. That leaves a lot of other prime pastured pork like country ribs which only sell seasonally and pork roasts which are a slow seller. This is excellent meat, just not the high demand cuts. I’ve been looking for a good way to utilize the accumulating meat in a creative and delicious manner. Hot dogs is our first project along these lines.
Back in the fall we took a batch of meat down to the processor who makes hot dogs as their specialty. I toured their plant and was very impressed with the cleanliness of the operation. It is a small firm and they really care about what they do. After dropping off an initial batch of meat I began the lengthy process of getting label approval through the USDA/FSIS. That took a while.
Hot Dog Label Sketch
Finally, on Friday of this week we drove back down and picked up the hot dogs. The hot dog man had told us they came out deliciously. I had asked him to substitute maple syrup in the recipe instead of using corn syrup and the hot dogs were made with our Naturally Grown pastured pigs who are fed whey, pasture, hay, pumpkins and other good things. Additionally it is a smoked but uncured. This means no nitrates, no nitrites, no MSG, etc. No weird stuff. Just high quality pork, water, non-fat milk, maple syrup, salt and spices. Everything nice.
Pastured Pork Hot Dogs First Bites
We got in late last night and crashed so we still hadn’t actually tried the hot dogs until today. We finally got to try them ourselves today for lunch. The hot dogs are delicious! I’m ruined, I can never eat another kind of hot dog. I’m not a connoisseur of hot dogs or anything but even I could tell the difference in quality. It was a big moment after all this build up for us over the past six months of working to get to the point of sinking our teeth into the first hot dogs!
Our hot dogs are showing up in local stores. We began yesterday and today making the first deliveries to the South Royalton Coop, Stone Cutter’s Brewery and LACE in Barre. On Monday we’ll be delivering to Dan & Whit’s General Store in Norwich, the Plainfield Coop, the Hunger Mountain Coop and the Uncommon Market in Montpelier, Vermont.
We also delivered two more big batches of our pastured pork to the hot dog man as the first batch is completely sold out ahead of time. In a few weeks we’ll be making another trip down for more hot dogs as well as our first batch of pork Kielbasa.
Outdoors: 29°F/18°F 3″ Snow today, 20″ snow on Wednesday & Thursday, 1″ Friday
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