Summer is the season of barbecues and outdoor gatherings, and what better way to enjoy these than with some delicious and easy-to-make pork recipes? Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, there’s something for everyone in this list of mouth-watering summer pork recipes.
1. Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Salsa
This recipe is a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. Start by marinating pork chops in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper for at least an hour. Grill the pork chops on medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes on each side. For the peach salsa, combine diced peaches, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Serve the pork chops with the salsa on top.
2. Pulled Pork Sliders
Pulled pork is a classic summer dish, and these sliders are perfect for a crowd. Start by seasoning a pork shoulder with a dry rub of paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Slow-cook the pork in a crockpot for 8-10 hours until it falls apart. Shred the pork and mix it with your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve on slider buns with coleslaw.
3. Pork and Pineapple Skewers
These skewers are a fun and easy way to enjoy pork and pineapple together. Cut pork tenderloin into cubes and marinate in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger for at least 30 minutes. Thread the pork and pineapple chunks onto skewers and grill on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally.
4. Pork Fried Rice
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover pork and rice. Start by sautéing diced onions, carrots, and peas in a large skillet. Add in cooked rice, diced pork, soy sauce, and scrambled eggs. Stir until everything is heated through and the eggs are cooked.
5. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Herb Butter
This recipe is simple yet elegant. Rub pork tenderloin with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Grill on medium-high heat for about 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally. For the herb butter, mix softened butter with chopped parsley, thyme, and rosemary. Serve the pork with a dollop of herb butter on top.
6. Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa
These tacos are a fresh and flavorful way to enjoy pork. Start by seasoning pork tenderloin with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Grill on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. For the mango salsa, combine diced mango, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Serve the pork in tortillas with the salsa on top.
7. Pork Stir-Fry with Vegetables
This stir-fry is a quick and easy weeknight meal. Start by stir-frying sliced pork tenderloin in a hot wok or skillet with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Add in sliced vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots. Stir-fry until everything is cooked through and serve over rice.
8. Grilled Pork Ribs with Barbecue Sauce
This classic barbecue dish is perfect for summer gatherings. Rub pork ribs with a mixture of brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Grill on low heat for about 2-3 hours, until the meat is tender. Brush with your favorite barbecue sauce and grill for an additional 10-15 minutes.
9. Pork Schnitzel with Lemon Sauce
This German-inspired dish is a delicious way to enjoy pork. Start by pounding pork chops until they are thin and even. Dip the pork chops in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, then fry in a hot skillet until golden brown. For the lemon sauce, mix chicken broth, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a small saucepan and cook until thickened. Serve the pork with the lemon sauce on top.
10. Pork and Bean Salad
This salad is a refreshing and healthy way to enjoy pork. Start by grilling pork tenderloin on medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. Let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes, then slice thinly. For the bean salad, combine cooked green beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas with diced red onion, cherry tomatoes, and a vinaigrette dressing. Serve the pork slices on top of the salad.
Whether you’re grilling, stir-frying, or slow-cooking, these summer pork recipes are sure to impress. With their delicious flavors and easy preparation, they’re perfect for any occasion. So fire up the grill, grab your skillet, and start cooking!