Pork & Summer Grilling

Posted on April 14th, 2022

Summer Grilling with Pork Favorites

Are you ready to get grilling this summer? You’ll want to make sure you have all your pork favorites to kick off summer grilling! Our favorite pork cuts for grilling include ribs, pork chops, and ground pork for deliciously juicy burgers. No matter what your favorite pork cut is, you can’t go wrong with grilling pork in the summer. 

Grilling Pork Tips

Never grilled pork before? No problem! Pork is easy to grill and the National Pork Board makes it even easier with these simple tips.

  • To prevent your pork from sticking to your grill, scrub the grates and then coat with vegetable oil or a nonstick spray prior to using.
  • Instead of using sharp utensils to flip your pork, use a spatula or tongs to turn. This helps keep all the flavor-filled juices inside the pork while grilling.
  • Flipping pork onto a cooler area of the grill is a great way to prevent accidentally burning it on an area of the grill that is too hot.
  • If you are using a sugar-based sauce (like many commercial BBQ sauces), baste your pork in the last few minutes of cooking instead. These types of sugary sauces tend to burn if they are applied too early in the grilling process.

Pro-tip: Grill with a digital meat thermometer! Once your whole muscle cuts reach an internal temperature of 145° F (plus a 3-minute rest) and ground pork reaches 160° F, your pork is good to go!

Our Favorite Summer Recipes for Grilling Pork

Here are some of our favorite summer recipes for grilling pork!

Barbecue Ribs Recipe from Tony's Fresh Market and IL Pork Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue ribs on the grill are the quintessential summer grilling favorite. Using lean baby back ribs is the perfect way to go for this classic recipe. This recipe also includes information on how to make your own BBQ sauce. 

Pineapple Pork Hawaiian Burgers

If you haven’t tried it yet, then pork burgers using ground pork have to be on your summer must-dos! These seriously juicy burgers are packed with flavors and go perfectly with red onion, pineapple, and a sweet sauce. Take your burger to the next level with ground pork.

Pineapple Pork Hawaiian Burgers Recipe made with Ground Pork from Tony's Fresh Market and IL Pork
Chipotle Lime Pork Chops Recipe from Tony's Fresh Market and IL Pork Chipotle-Lime Pork Chops

Pork chops are a classic, anytime dinner meal, but now you can take them up a notch by putting them on the grill. Pair the juicy pork flavors of a good chop with spicy chipotle lime. 


IL Pork and Tony’s Fresh Market Summer Gift Card Giveaway

Last, but certainly not least, Tony’s Fresh Market and IL Pork are hosting a Summer Gift Card Giveaway.

One (1) winner in June will win a $100 Tony’s Fresh Market Gift Card, One (1) winner in July will win a $100 Tony’s Fresh Market Gift Card, and (1) winner in August will win a $250 Tony’s Fresh Market Gift Card.

The giveaway begins on Sunday, May 1st, and ends on Sunday, July 31st. A winner will be picked at the beginning of each new month (June 1st, July 1st, and August 1st). 

To enter and for more details, please visit the Summer Gift Card Giveaway HERE!

Blog | April 14th, 2022