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Rock Bottom Ranch Shows Consumers Where, Exactly, Their Bacon Comes From

Feb 12, 2019

Credit Aspen Center For Environmental Studies

ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch holds a pork butchery demonstration Tuesday. It's meant to help everyday consumers understand more about where their meat comes from.


Tonight a side of a whole pig will be butchered into familiar cuts like pork chops and bacon, as well as what’s called “primal” cuts.

Jason Smith is the director of Rock Bottom Ranch.  He says that helping consumers understand butchering practices leads to a greater connection to our food.

"We start to realize that the whole animal looks a whole lot different than just the individual pieces," he said.

Smith says the event will also focus on how different cuts can be prepared, and why cuts may be suited to a certain cooking method. For example, pigs use their shoulders a lot, and so pork shoulder is stringy and tough.

"So we need to prepare that in a different way than say the loin. You know, pigs are not really doing sit-ups, and so that’s a really lean muscle," said Smith.

The demonstration starts at 6 p.m.