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Pork FAQs

NAMP 1412 America’s cut

By Bob Oros

A center cut boneless pork chop at least 1 1/4” inches thick.  Introduced several years ago by the National Pork Council.

Take the rib section (consisting of 11 ribs) out of a 14/17 pork loin, gently marinate it with approximately 12% of a lightly seasoned marinate to keep it moist, cut off the back bone so you can cut between the ribs, and you have a menu item that guarantees a great eating experience. 

When you slice between the ribs you have a portion size of 8 to 9 ounces at a cost of around $1.80.  Add a potato, vegetable and salad for an additional $.50 cents and you have a total plate cost of only $2.30. 

Here’s the best part: with a menu price of only $7.95 the food cost is less than 30% and the gross profit is $5.65 per plate.  It gets better.  Sell 200 per week (10,000 per year) for a total gross sales $79,500.  Cost $23,000.  Total Gross Profit $56,500.  This is an example of the power of a carefully selected menu item that will give the restaurant customer a good value at gross profit that can really make a difference.  Even with a dollar off special, it will still return a very nice gross profit.