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Boston butt, porterhouse chops, and bacon, all from a pig with a 200 year history in New Orleans! — 8-9lb total
Red Wattle Rare Occasion
8-9lb total — three cuts to experience the rare flavor of Red Wattle
This package includes:
Four 14 oz porterhouse pork chops
Two 1 lb packs signature maple cured bacon
One 4-5lb boneless boston butt
Red Wattle meat is sweet, buttery and earthy, with a subtle spice and a hint of cinnamon. Its expressive porky flavor is concentrated and bold. This is the only breed left in the world with wattles hanging from the jowl.
French colonists brought these hogs to New Orleans in the 19th century as a favored meat breed. The Red Wattle eventually would populate the forests of Texas where they were rounded up and brought to the great slaughterhouses of Chicago. Recognized by their signature wattles that hang from the jowl, the Red Wattle resembles Kunekune pigs of New Zealand.
When you see Red Wattle pork on a menu, what you are seeing is a four-state, eighteen farm network dedicated to raising a storied breed that was once upon a time nearly extinct. Larry Sorrell is one of the heroes of this story, an avatar of the heritage food movement, a salt of the earth farmer, a true believer who was destined to become the Guardian of the Red Wattle. He is proof positive of the ethos that when it comes to endangered livestock, “you have to eat them to save them".
When Heritage Foods began, farmers were willing to sell their Red Wattle pigs since there was no market for them. Larry went out and helped us begin spreading the word on existing farms, and also got new farmers interested. What Larry has done to promote the Red Wattle breed has literally saved it. Red Wattle is still considered a rare breed by the American Livestock Conservatory, but has been upgraded off their ‘critical list’ to ‘threatened.’