Pork to Plate

From chops to ribs to sausage patties, pork is a versatile and tasty protein to add to your plate! Iowa pig farmers lead the nation in pork production and nearly 1 in 12 working Iowans are connected to the pork supply chain.

In this video, Abby Bean, 2020 Iowa Pork Queen from Albert City, and Alexis Berte, 2020 Iowa Pork Youth Ambassador from Algona, walk you through the pork supply chain. You’ll learn the basics of how pigs are raised, processed and distributed to retailers and restaurants or exported worldwide.

BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Strips

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 6 boneless thick-cut pork chops (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt, divided
  • 2 pounds thin-sliced bacon
  • BBQ sauce of choice

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and coat the rack with nonstick spray.

Slice each chop lengthwise into three even strips, then season with 2 teaspoons of the seasoned salt. Wrap a strip of bacon around each pork strip, securing the ends with a toothpick. Sprinkle the bacon-wrapped strips with the remaining seasoned salt and arrange on the prepared rack.

Roast the pork for 20 minutes then glaze the strips with BBQ sauce. Return the pork to the oven and roast an additional 5 minutes or until the glaze is thick and shiny.

Serve the glazed strips warm with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

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