I really enjoy pork so imagine my delight when Murray Valley Pork offered to send a few samples for me to try out. When I lived in Victoria, I wasn’t too far away from Corrowa in New South Wales where they’re headquartered so I was familiar with them. Now their products are available at local butchers in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland where I am.
Their local rep showed up at my door with a giant rack of pork, a smaller roast and two packages of pork bbq ready to eat. There was no requirement for me to write about them but who could resist? Not me. I cooked the smaller roast and as usual, John ate the crackling and I ate the meat along with homemade chunky applesauce. We were both happy. The meat was succulent and tender.
Yesterday, my friend Rani from Brisbane, came up so her 8-year old daughter Gita could play with Charlie. Yes, my dog has play dates. She fed him a handful of liver treats while he did a trick for every one. Then they played in the pool for hours and all I could hear was laughter and splashes. When there was no noise, I went outside and the ball was in the skimmer. Tragedy had struck. Ball was retrieved and it was time for lunch.
The bbq pork is a large portion for a two-person household so I was happy to share with Rani who lived in the states and Canada for many years. When the pork was delivered I was told that the bbq wasn’t like American bbq because it wasn’t spicy. Imagine his surprise when I said that not all American bbq is spicy. Texas is a bit spicy but North Carolina sauce has more vinegar and Tennessee and Georgia is sweet. I lived in Tennessee for years and the Murray Valley BBQ pork would make any Tennessean smile.
Gita ate a whole sandwich and they were big. I’ll admit that I ate the whole thing too. The sandwiches were wonderful but what I liked as much as the smoky flavour was the fact that the meat wasn’t filled with globs of fat. I’m not a gloppy fat lover, especially in my bbq. Definite win.
If you’re in Australia and you like BBQ as much as I do and don’t have the time to slow roast your pork, check Murray Valley Pork’s where to buy Murray Valley Pork link. There are five butchers near me so I’m going to be fine.
Even though there were four of us for lunch, we had plenty of BBQ left so for dinner I made roasted sweet potatoes and stuffed them with BBQ and sprinkled it with cheddar cheese and put the potato back into the oven to melt. It was a perfect dinner.
My thanks to Murray Valley Pork for making my day! What about the rack of pork? I’ve invited the oldies from John’s dad’s table at the nursing home for lunch next week. They will be over the moon.