Working with Cheshire Pork Heritage Farms!!
I am ecstatically excited to announce that the Ivey family of Goldsboro, North Carolina is supporting my mission to bring old school Carolina whole hog BBQ to New York! I will be serving as Cheshire Heritage Farm's NYC Pitmaster bringing together heritage hogs with heritage BBQ.
Cheshire Farms specializes in the Chester White breed and is raised under very strict Japanese requirements. Why Japanese? Well while we, as a nation, were cutting corners in our porky race to the bottom, the Japanese continued to demand the best. They demanded Chesters from us with their pale pink hues, deep deep marbling, and nutty flavor. The Japanese then set up extensive testing to ensure that no funny business gets into the pork. Everything is tested - the feed, the blood, heck I think even the oink gets an inspection. No steroids or growth hormones.
We might want to adopt these checks on our athletic doping tests to weed out folks like Lance Armstrong!
This level of transparency is really what we need. We have too many products out there labeled organic, free range, etc which are basically meaningless. While we take them at face value, the folks over in Japan got a PhD crack team ready to ensure quality.
I will talk some more about the Chester Whites tomorrow. In the meanwhile check out their websiteand pick up some the best pork in the country. Plus how cool is their logo? A pig and the North Carolina flag - absolutely genius. As a person who has driven down to North Carolina several times, it is virtually impossible to find a t-shirt with the flag! Contrast that to Texas where even soda straws have a Lone Star flag on it.
More exciting stuff to come with me and Cheshire Pork. Stay tuned!!