Pork Loin (Aft Half)
Pork Loin (aft half)

This cut is from the top of the pig down to the centerline (you can see the spine cut in half lengthwise in the photo) running from just forward of the ham to the midpoint of the pig.

While you won't often find such a cut at your local chain supermarket, ethnic markets do supply it. The photo speciment was obtained from a market that serves communities primarily from southern Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Mexico and Central America. They were offering the forward half, aft half, or the entire loin as you might chose at US $0.99/#.

The photo specimen was 18 inches long, 9 inches wide, 4-1/2 inches thick and weighed almost 12-1/2 pounds. Of this 7-3/4 pounds was clear meat free of fat, bones and membranes (62%) The rest 2-3/4 pounds of bones and 2 pounds of misc bits of meat, fat and membranes, made a most excelent soup stock.

This cut includes a lot of connective tissue so if you just slice it and pan fry it you will find it flavorful but rather chewey. It's best used for slow roasted or wet cooked methods and would make a flavorful soup.

Tenderloin Tenderloin:   is a muscle removed from here. See Details and Cooking for more information.

Sirloin Sirloin End Sirloin End:   Several cuts can be made crosswise from the aft (sirloin) end of the loin. They will include part of the pelvic bone and some of the spine leading to the tail. See Details and Cooking for more information.

End Chops Sirloin End Chops:   You can see that ther are only two to three small ribs from this point on back and they're rather loose, so chops sliced from this cut will be meaty but not have tails. If what you want is bone-on chops you want the butcher saw them, the spine segments are much too wide for a fryable chop. If you want boneless chops, just remove the meat and slice it yourself.   Details and Cooking.

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