Pairings: Dips

what’s your pork persona?

There are all kinds of pork enthusiasts out there. But for us, most of them fall into three categories: The Minimalist, The Exhibitionist, and The Planner. The easiest way to figure out which one you are is by answering a simple question: If you had to make a pork dish tonight, which of these would you choose: a marinade, a sauce, or a dip?

The Minimalist likes everything simple, with no accoutrements or fancy cooking techniques, thank you very much. But that doesn’t mean Minimalists don’t like trying new flavors and taste combinations with their pork. For this intrepid soul, we recommend dips. They’re easy and fast and deliver a whole lot of flavor with, well, minimal effort.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce: You don’t have to take an online course from Le Cordon Bleu to throw together a really decent honey mustard dipping sauce that adds a tangy zest to your pork. Degree of difficulty is just about zero; you could make your own dipping sauce or just reach for a premade dipping sauce—no judgments here.

White BBQ Dipping Sauce: White in this case isn’t synonymous with bland. In fact, these dipping sauces can feature heat elements like horseradish that, if you’re not careful, could send your tear ducts into full-on panic mode. Go easy. And speaking of easy, a white BBQ dipping sauce really requires minimal effort, even for a minimalist.

Peanut Dipping Sauce: Sensuous, nutty, decadent, a good peanut sauce really elevates any bite of pork, and can, depending on the recipe, send your taste buds on a mouth-watering Pacific Rim holiday. Of course, you don’t need a passport, but you will need to put in some work on this one. But don’t worry—it’s not like you’re making a mole sauce.

  • Sauces/Exhibitionist

    If you’ve advanced beyond the Minimalist stage, perhaps you’re an Exhibitionist. If that’s the case, we say, “Congrats! See you in sauces!”

  • Marinades/Planner

    Not an Exhibitionist or a Minimalist? Then you, friend, are squarely in the Planner camp. More complexity awaits you, but that doesn’t necessarily mean difficulty.