Ribs, Chops, And More: 14 Crowd-Pleasing Pork Dishes

Ribs, Chops, and More: 14 Crowd-Pleasing Pork Dishes

Ribs, chops, tender pulled pork — it is hard to say what is the most delicious cut of this popular meat, but everything from slow-roasted rack of pork to spicy brined pork chops will please a crowd. Now that barbecue season is winding down, that doesn't meant that our pork intake needs to drop. 

Instead, pull out your slow-cookers for tender pulled pork that tastes like it came straight from the smoker, without the hassle of tending a smoldering fire for hours. Try your hand at traditional breaded pork dishes like schnitzel or pork chop Milanese. And don't abandon your grills just yet. Maybe summer barbecue season is over, but grilling one of these pork ribs recipes at your next tailgate shouldn't be out of the question.

Try pairing smokey pork dishes with vinegar-based sauces, like this Golden Mustard Barbecue Sauce. For simple roasted dishes, a little tart sweetness goes a long way. Pull out your favorite preserves for a blackberry glaze or add some heat with red pepper flakes in a bourbon-peach sauce for the perfect accompaniment to your roasted pork loin or pan-seared chops.

For some inspiration, check out The Daily Meal 's picks for 14 delicious pork recipes to serve this fall. 

Blackberry Bourbon Pulled Pork

This award-winning recipe for pulled pork combines Bourbon whiskey with the tart flavor of blackberries. Don't have a smoker? That's okay, because this recipe offers the option of slow cooking the pork in the oven, as well. —Jay Ducote

For the Blackberry Bourbon Pulled Pork recipe, click here.

Pork Chop Milanese

For a dressier version, possibly for a dinner party, pound a bone-in chop to about 1/2-inch thickness and serve with a simple spinach and sun-dried tomato salad, tossed with a Champagne vinaigrette. —Allison Beck

For the Pork Chop Milanese recipe, click here.

Thai Ribeye Pork Chops

A quick marinade of soy sauce, cilantro, garlic, brown sugar, and lime juice gives pork chops a tropical makeover. Serve this satisfying main dish with a simple peanut stir-fry. — National Pork Board

For the Thai Ribeye Pork Chops recipe, click here.

Chipotle Pork and Pepper Stew

This simple stew is made hearty with diced pork, black beans, and corn, and is on the table in just about half an hour. Serve with a simple rice side dish. — National Pork Board

For the Chipotle Pork and Pepper Stew recipe, click here.

Roast Pork Tacos

For an easy home version, I roast the pork shoulder until fork tender and serve it with a variety of garnishes, including grilled pineapple. You could also add chunks of fresh pineapple to the roasting pan during the last hour of cooking. I like to serve the meat in fresh hot corn tortillas or cabbage leaves. — A Mouthful of Stars

For the Roast Pork Tacos recipe, click here.

Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops

Who doesn't love a big, juicy, grilled pork chop? This recipe is so simple and takes only minutes in the kitchen. We like to brine our pork chops for 24 hours, so we make the brine a day ahead of time. We are enamored of European pork, which tends to have a higher fat content than its American counterpart, but the brine adds moisture that your pork might otherwise lack. If you can get locally raised, free-range pork from a farm stand or butcher, you will be rewarded with some of the most succulent pig you have ever sunk your teeth into. — Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

For the Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops recipe, click here.

Spicy Barbecued Pork Loin

Spice up pork loin with an easy Tabasco barbecue sauce. Tabasco is mixed with ketchup and brown sugar for a thick, spicy sauce that adds fiery spice to pork. — Anne Dolce

For the Spicy Barbecued Pork Loin recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

It's not often in life that minimal work reaps big rewards. Pulled pork defies this unfortunate principle. Though it takes basically all day to cook, it requires surprisingly little effort. — HellaWella

For the Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork recipe, click here.

Panko-Crusted Pork Schnitzel

This tasty version of pork schnitzel is a great weeknight main course — fast, easy, and fun to make after one of those long days at the office when you need to let out a little aggression. — Maryse Chevriere

For the Panko-Crusted Pork Schnitzel recipe, click here.

Oven-Roasted Rack of Pork

The rack of pork in this recipe is roasted simply with garlic and thyme, and is paired with an eggplant tian that is a healthier — but just as delicious — version of the traditional scalloped potatoes. — Anne Callaghan

For the Oven-Roasted Rack of Pork recipe, click here.

Pork Lo Mein

Never had I imagined that it would be possible to try and replicate one of my favorite Chinese takeout dishes, but when given Asian noodles and pork tenderloin to make for dinner one night I figured, why not. I grabbed just about every Asian ingredient I had in my cupboard and got to work. The results were, I have to say, better than takeout. — Anne Dolce

For the Pork Lo Mein recipe, click here.

Pulled Pork and Bean Chili

This non-traditional chili uses pulled pork instead of beef. It takes only 30 minutes to make and still brings the best flavors. — Emily Jacobs

For the Pulled Pork and Bean Chili recipe, click here.

Pork Ribs with White Barbecue Sauce

At Post & Beam, located in Los Angeles, pork ribs get an interesting twist with the inclusion of a white barbecue sauce based on mayonnaise, white vinegar, and eggs instead of the usual tomato-based sauce. — Govind Armstrong

For the Pork Ribs with White Barbecue Sauce recipe, click here.

Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs

The only thing these sweet, sticky ribs is a side of creamy coleslaw and a skillet of fluffy cornbread! — National Pork Board

For the Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs recipe, click here.