SMITHFIELD, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pulled pork dishes continue to grow in popularity at restaurants—in fact, menu penetration increased by 45% between 2008 and 2012.2 But the cooking process can be very time- and labor-intensive. Smithfield Foodservice is pleased to offer its new Cook-in-Bag Smoked Pork Butt, making it easy for operators to maintain fresh pork quality and right-from-the-smoker taste…without the need for special cooking equipment.
“Barbecue pork dishes are always popular, and the growth in sales volume over the past few years makes it clear that restaurant patrons can’t get enough”
The benefits of Smithfield cook-in-bag technology are numerous. Each eight-pound, bone-in butt is wrapped in a pre-smoked net, infusing mouth-watering flavor throughout the cooking process as the pork develops its signature barbecue bark. The vacuum-sealed packaging helps reduce the risk of cross contamination and allows the pork to cook evenly and consistently. This high-yield product allows for maximum usage with minimal waste, since the cooked pork can be customized for a variety of applications and flavor profiles.
“Barbecue pork dishes are always popular, and the growth in sales volume over the past few years makes it clear that restaurant patrons can’t get enough,” says Kristen Orr, Associate Brand Manager for Smithfield Foodservice. “At Smithfield, we want to help our customers respond to this trend and get creative with their barbecue offerings. Our Cook-in-Bag Smoked Pork Butt is an innovative, easy way for operators to meet this demand.”
Operators can contact their Smithfield Sales Representative or area distributor for detailed product information and samples.
1 Compared to a traditional cooking method of 10-12 hours in a non-convection oven for an 8-lb bone-in butt at 275°F, or until internal temperature reaches 195°F, after being placed in foil.
2 Datassential, MenuTrends DIRECT, 2012
About Smithfield Foodservice
Smithfield Foodservice is a division of the Smithfield Packing Company, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. As a USDA Process-Verified company, Smithfield Foodservice produces a variety of fresh commodity cuts, value-added fresh pork products, and packaged meats for commercial and non-commercial foodservice segments. All of the company's products are made with the highest standards of quality, safety, traceability through vertical integration, and environmental responsibility. Smithfield Foodservice also supports customers with recipe development and product innovation. Learn more at www.smithfieldfoodservice.com and www.facebook.com/SmithfieldFoodservice.