Smithfield adds champion pitmaster to team

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Smithfield has partnered with Ernest Servantes to show off some Latin-inspired grilling recipes.
SMITHFIELD, Va. – Smithfield announced its partnership with champion pitmaster Ernest Servantes to reach Latinos across the country. Servantes created grilling recipes featuring Smithfield Fresh Pork — a line of hand-selected and hand-trimmed pork.

Pitmaster Servantes and his Burnt Bean Co. barbecue team are long-time users of Smithfield products and 40-time Grand Champions on the circuit. Servantes also won Food Network’s “Chopped: Grill Masters.” 

“Grilling or barbecuing with the best quality ingredients is one of those things that can bring the whole neighborhood together. That’s why I use Smithfield Fresh Pork when grilling for my family and friends. My goal for summer grill-outs is for everyone to have a great time and be satisfied,” Servantes said. “For many years, it has been a great honor and privilege to serve the highest-quality of Smithfield Fresh Pork to my loved ones.”

Servantes has prepared several easy-to-grill recipes, including:

•    Cactus Jack Texas Spareribs — A spin-off of traditional ribs, this version includes a Cactus Jack Rub, Rattlesnake BBQ Sauce, and oak or pecan wood for smoking.

•    Honey Soy Grilled Pork Chops with Korean BBQ Sauce — The dish features Smithfield Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops. The Korean barbecue sauce consists of garlic, soy sauce, sriracha, brown sugar, ginger and original barbecue sauce.

•    Jammin’ Jerk Pork Burger — The pork burger includes cabbage slaw, jerk barbecue sauce and mango salsa.

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