As you may have heard by now, October is National Pork Month, and I for one would just like to say “here, here!” I know we’ve focused solely on bacon in this blog, but I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the many, many pork recipes and products that I adore.

My favorite Mexican dishes are Chile Verde and Carnitas, the corn tortilla’s two best friends. Although they’re both slow-cooking recipes, they’re relatively simple and totally worth it. And on behalf of my husband, I must give a shout out to real, greasy Pork Chorizo.

I dearly want to plan a road trip through the Southern U.S. just to get my hands on some authentic Pulled Pork and of course, Baby Back Ribs. There’s a tremendous amount of debate about which Southern state makes the best BBQ, and I aim to find out.

Spicy Italian Pork Sausage? It’s literally the only one I’ll consider. Sweet, fresh Prosciutto di Parma goes great with every single fruit or cheese I’ve ever eaten. And Serrano Ham is a relatively new favorite of mine, but quickly gaining popularity in my realm of influence. I really must get myself to Europe one of these days.

Chinese BBQ Pork can only be improved by adding it to Pork Fried Rice. Grind it up and throw it in some potstickers and I could eat just that for dinner. With a mai tai, of course.

And let us not forget the magical, mystical meat that is bacon. I know of no pork product that is more revered, more useful, or has a more intoxicating smell. Considering the weird, fatty cut of meat it starts out as, I’m totally awed by what a fantastic addition it makes to thousands of recipes, both salty and sweet.

I know I missed some of the pork basics…roasts, and chops and tenderloins. But I am just one woman and could always use some help. What’s YOUR favorite pork dish?