Scotland's red meat industry is known for its high standards and exceptional quality of produce. Central to this reputation is our Specially Selected Pork, a carefully bred and reared meat celebrated for its remarkable flavour, versatility, and tender texture. Sourced from pigs that have experienced whole-of-life care, these animals are respectfully reared, which greatly contributes to the quality of the meat.
Here, we delve into the variety and versatility of Scottish pork, with a focus on pork belly - a delectable cut of meat that offers an exciting plethora of mouthwatering dishes. Come on a culinary voyage with us and experience the flavour sensations of the best pork belly recipes using this tender meat.
When it comes to meat, not all cuts are created equal. The quality of pork depends on a variety of factors, from the breed of the pig to its diet, lifestyle, and the care it receives throughout its life. Specially Selected Pork from Scotland stands out for several reasons.
This is a comprehensive approach taken by Scotland's red meat industry to ensure animals are respectfully reared from birth until they reach the market. This isn't just about ethics, although animal welfare is paramount. It is also about quality. Pigs that lead healthy, stress-free lives produce meat that is tender, flavorful, and consistent in its quality.
Scotland's red meat industry also ensures whole chain assurance, which means that every stage of the supply chain, from farm to butcher, adheres to stringent standards. This not only guarantees the provenance of the pork but also maintains its quality. When you buy specially selected pork, you are getting meat from pigs that have been cared for in a system committed to excellence and sustainability.
Respectfully reared, carefully selected, and held to the highest standards, Scottish pork offers an unrivalled eating experience. Whether you are preparing a slow-cooked pork belly or a crispy pork belly dish, the quality of the meat shines through in every bite.
The farmers dedicated to rearing these animals play a crucial role in the eating experience of this highly prized meat. Their commitment to best practices, from feeding to handling, ensures the welfare of the animals and ultimately results in superior-quality pork.
When you purchase Specially Selected Scottish pork, you can be sure that you are choosing high-quality meat from pigs that have been respectfully reared, carefully selected, and held to the highest industry standards. Every roast, every piece of crispy crackling is a testament to this unwavering commitment to quality and care.
One of the many reasons why Scottish pork is celebrated by chefs and home cooks alike lies in the wide variety of cuts available, each offering unique flavours and textures and beautifully lending themselves to a range of delicious recipes.
Contrary to common misconceptions, red meat, such as our Specially Selected Scottish pork, can play a key role in a healthy and balanced diet. Packed with essential nutrients, it provides a rich source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals, all of which are vital for overall health and well-being.
When enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, red meat like our Specially Selected Pork can contribute positively to our health and well-being. So, when you are cooking with pork, you are not only creating delicious meals but also providing your body with vital nutrients. After all, who can say no to a mouthwatering slow-cooked pork belly?!
Before we delve into the delightful world of pork belly recipes, it is important to know how to prepare this unique cut of meat properly. Many shy away from using it but once you learn the basics and the right preparation techniques, the world is your oyster.
Pork belly is truly a gift to global cuisine. Its rich flavour, distinctive layers of meat and fat, and the satisfyingly crispy texture it achieves when cooked properly make it a favourite in various cultures. It features in a starring role all around the world from traditional recipes to more innovative and exotic culinary creations.
In European cuisine, pork belly has long been cherished for its hearty flavour and texture. In the UK, for instance, it's often slow-roasted to perfection with the skin crisping up to yield perfect crackling, an absolute must on the Sunday dinner menu! In Italy, on the other hand, pork belly is cured and spiced to become pancetta, a key ingredient in many pasta dishes like carbonara.
In Asia, pork belly is the star of many iconic dishes. The Chinese dish, Dong Po Pork, for instance, is a famous example where the pork belly is slow-cooked in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine until it is tender and flavorful. In Korea, Samgyeopsal is a beloved BBQ dish featuring thick, uncured pork belly slices grilled right at the table. Japanese cuisine also celebrates pork belly, most notably in the form of Chashu, a slow-cooked, marinated pork belly rolled into a log shape, sliced thin, and served atop Ramen and sprinkled with spring onions and Asian greens.
In Latin America, pork belly brings depth and richness to various dishes. Chicharrón, fried pork belly or pork scratchings, is a popular snack throughout the region. In Brazil, the 'Feijoada' stew with black beans often includes pork belly alongside other cuts, creating a dish that's bursting with exotic flavours.
In recent years, chefs worldwide have been elevating pork belly, using its rich flavour and satisfying texture to create gourmet dishes. From pork belly tacos and sliders to glazed pork belly bites, the possibilities are endless and we can not wait to try them all!
In every culinary tradition and contemporary innovation, the quality of the pork belly used makes a significant difference. Specially Selected Pork from Scotland with its careful rearing methods makes for a high-quality ingredient that can truly shine in every recipe.
We understand the importance of having access to locally sourced, high-quality produce, therefore, to make this process easier, we have put together an interactive map, which shows your nearest butcher that stocks the finest quality Specially Selected Pork.
Finding Scotch Pork is just a click away. You can enter your location, and the map will pinpoint the nearest stockists to you. It's a quick and easy way of ensuring that you are never too far from superior quality Scotch meat.
Plus, each purchase supports local farmers who are committed to maintaining Scotland's rich agricultural heritage and supplying consumers with pork that's not just tasty, but also respectfully reared. So what are you waiting for?
Explore our map today and take the first step towards creating your very own culinary masterpieces.
Let us take you on a journey into what makes Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork so special, and how we produce such inCREDibly high-quality meat renowned and enjoyed worldwide.