5 – 7 days dry-aged
Idle River Farms sits across from the banks of the St. Joseph River in south-central Michigan. It is home not only to heritage Red Wattle pork, but to heritage lamb and that quintessential American heritage meat: the turkey. Members of the Red Wattle Hog Association, Matt & Kristal Buddick run this family farm and use registered breeding stock in their pork production.
Believed to originate from the islands of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean, Red Wattle pork–so named for the appendages that dangle from either side of their jowls–were thought to be extinct after having flourished in New Orleans in the 1700s and 1800s. Bred for their flavor by the New Orleanians in a by-gone era, they were discovered in the 1970s wandering the woodlands of eastern Texas. Traditionally, Red Wattles have been a breed set apart for their ability to produce excellent meat and, in particular, charcuterie.