We invited 10 bloggers to kick off the Pass the Pork tour in Iowa City, Iowa. Over Duroc tomahawk chops in apple barbecue sauce, the bloggers met leaders of the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and Iowa Pork Producers Association as well as #RealPigFarming and were encouraged to discover the inside story of pork production.
The next day, we arranged for the group to tour Brenneman Pork, a family farm where the bloggers got to help deliver piglets into the world, dry them off and help them find milk. The group also learned about the corn that’s raised on the farm to feed the animals. Over a helping of pork burgers and ham balls in sauce, the farmers answered questions about raising pigs.
The tour moved into the kitchen on the final day. Bloggers made pulled pork lettuce wraps with drizzling sauce as they learned how to prepare different cuts of pork. Former “Bachelor” star and Iowa farmer Chris Soules made a surprise appearance.