New Song Celebrates the Pork Chop

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New Song Celebrates the Pork Chop

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Don Wick

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Cowboy TroyDon Wick: 00:01 From the Pork Checkoff in Des Moines Iowa it's Pork Pod! Pork Pod a look at the hot topics in today's pork industry. The Pork Checkoff is working for you through various forms of research, promotion and consumer information projects. This is Don Wick speaking on behalf of the Pork Checkoff and today, We're in the early days of October Pork month and recording artist Cowboy Troy is kicking off a song we can all relate to a song simply titled porkchop. Music: 00:01 (music playing) Pork Chop Pork Chop Pork Chop. Gimme that Pork Chop. Pork Chop. Pork Chop. Don Wick: 00:39 Cowboy Troy you know him as an American country rapper a hip hop innovator a songwriter, he travels with country stars Big and Rich and Cowboy Troy is with us now. Tell us about this song. How did it all come together Cowboy Troy? Cowboy Troy: 00:52 Well Pork Chop you know it started out as kind of a comedy bit between me and some friends. We wanted to write a song that was humorous and funny but not too comical or you know or silly but it was a good time it was it was a lot of fun writing it. And the idea of the song came about when a buddy of mine and his family went out to get dinner and my buddy ordered pork chops and he's like give me that pork chop pork chop pork chop. So he started with the silly part there and then he got the idea to write the song and then he called me and another friend of ours and we ended up writing a song Porkchop and we came up with as many of our favorite ways to cook grill or eat our favorite cut of pork and that's the pork chop. Don Wick: 01:38 How fun! In fact you like spend some time in the kitchen too understand. Cowboy Troy: 01:42 Yeah yeah. It started out with you know you know on social media they have the hash tag thing so I put #hickhopkitchen because the style of music that I do is called Hick Hop music and it mixes country, rap, and rock and all that stuff. So you know I started calling my music Hick Hop music a long time ago and then you know when you're in the kitchen Hey Hick Hop Kitchen your favorite recipes and things of that nature. And so when I get an opportunity to get in the kitchen I'll do stuff like that. And you know it's just a fun time and sometimes it's Hick Hop Grillin! Depending on what you're doing you know if you're out on the back porch and you've got your grill running and you put you know a pork ribeye on the grill it looks and taste great. Don Wick: 02:29 Nothing better. You got some favorite cuts that you like, that you can either cook or put it on the grill Troy. Cowboy Troy: 02:36 My favorite is the pork rib eye just because you know the marbling of the meat and you know it allows it to soak up the seasoning and marinate a little bit better in my opinion. You know I'm not I'm not the best chef but I have a lot of fun with it. So the pork ribeye is my favorite but you know obviously pork tenderloin is good. And you know any kind of a marinate or seasoning you can put on that, it goes great especially with the holidays coming up so I'm looking forward to some of that. Don Wick: 03:06 Obviously folks know where you from all your entertainment. This venture working with the partnership Pork Checkoff is something new for you isn't it? Cowboy Troy: 03:16 Yeah it is new it is new. I think when Porkchop was kind of starting to circulate and people started hearing about it and we did a show. I was on the road. I've been on the road with Big and Rich country duo you know out of Nashville, been on the road with them all year. And we played an event in Minnesota and some members of the Minnesota Pork Board were there and they were sponsoring part of the event and got a chance to talk with them while we were there and mentioned to the Porkchop and told them what it was all about. And the next thing you know I sent them the song they sent it over to National and then next thing you know I get this e-mail from the folks at National "hey we'd like to talk to you about you're song Porkchop!" It's just kind of fun. Don Wick: 04:05 I love it. So the songs, out the videos out, where can folks find both the song and the video Troy. Cowboy Troy: 04:11 You'll be able you can find the video on all my social media like on the YouTube pages you know links on Twitter or Facebook you can go to my Facebook page or be there. It'll be on you know at Pork.org. Over with Pork Checkoff folks, as well as you can get the download iTunes or you can stream it at Spotify. So you know you can get all of that music any way you want. Don Wick: 04:38 Well again party season on top of us tailgating a lot of other fun things you should get the music going in and get that grill fired up as well. Cowboy Troy: 04:47 Hey got to do it. Got to do it keep pork on your tailgate menu for sure! Don Wick: 04:51 Finally we're joined by Kevin Waetke the vice president of Strategic Communications for the National Pork Board. Kevin give us your thoughts on the Pork Checkoff's involvement with this fun song. Kevin Waetke: 05:02 It's so rare to have any song about pork chop or the pork industry at all so when we hear one or we came across one and it is done with such high entertainment value we thought you know what if we could tap that energy. So what we did was we reached out to Cowboy Troy and he's just been wonderful to work with and he said yes he'd love to do anything with the National Pork Board. He is a cook himself. He loves grilling. He loves his ribeye pork chop. And so what we look at this is that this song is really a gift to our industry. You know it's fun and it just captures the love that so many Americans have for the pork chop. Underappreciated pork chops so that's why we really look forward to working with Cowboy Troy on this fun song Porkchop. Thanks Don Wick: 05:51 for listening to this edition of Pork Pod, for more information on this topic or the Pork Checkoff itself, visit pork.org. , Hick-Hop Artist

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Transcript

Don Wick:  00:01  From the Pork Checkoff in Des Moines Iowa it’s Pork Pod! Pork Pod a look at the hot topics in today’s pork industry. The Pork Checkoff is working for you through various forms of research, promotion and consumer information projects. This is Don Wick speaking on behalf of the Pork Checkoff and today, We’re in the early days of October Pork month and recording artist Cowboy Troy is kicking off a song we can all relate to a song simply titled porkchop.

Music:  00:01  (music playing) Pork Chop Pork Chop Pork Chop. Gimme that Pork Chop. Pork Chop. Pork Chop.

Don Wick:  00:39  Cowboy Troy you know him as an American country rapper a hip hop innovator a songwriter, he travels with country stars Big and Rich and Cowboy Troy is with us now. Tell us about this song. How did it all come together Cowboy Troy?

Cowboy Troy:  00:52  Well Pork Chop you know it started out as kind of a comedy bit between me and some friends. We wanted to write a song that was humorous and funny but not too comical or you know or silly but it was a good time it was it was a lot of fun writing it. And the idea of the song came about when a buddy of mine and his family went out to get dinner and my buddy ordered pork chops and he’s like give me that pork chop pork chop pork chop. So he started with the silly part there and then he got the idea to write the song and then he called me and another friend of ours and we ended up writing a song Porkchop and we came up with as many of our favorite ways to cook grill or eat our favorite cut of pork and that’s the pork chop.

Don Wick:  01:38  How fun! In fact you like spend some time in the kitchen too understand.

Cowboy Troy:  01:42  Yeah yeah. It started out with you know you know on social media they have the hash tag thing so I put #hickhopkitchen because the style of music that I do is called Hick Hop music and it mixes country, rap, and rock and all that stuff. So you know I started calling my music Hick Hop music a long time ago and then you know when you’re in the kitchen Hey Hick Hop Kitchen your favorite recipes and things of that nature. And so when I get an opportunity to get in the kitchen I’ll do stuff like that. And you know it’s just a fun time and sometimes it’s Hick Hop Grillin! Depending on what you’re doing you know if you’re out on the back porch and you’ve got your grill running and you put you know a pork ribeye on the grill it looks and taste great.

Don Wick:  02:29  Nothing better. You got some favorite cuts that you like, that you can either cook or put it on the grill Troy.

Cowboy Troy:  02:36  My favorite is the pork rib eye just because you know the marbling of the meat and you know it allows it to soak up the seasoning and marinate a little bit better in my opinion. You know I’m not I’m not the best chef but I have a lot of fun with it. So the pork ribeye is my favorite but you know obviously pork tenderloin is good. And you know any kind of a marinate or seasoning you can put on that, it goes great especially with the holidays coming up so I’m looking forward to some of that.

Don Wick:  03:06  Obviously folks know where you from all your entertainment. This venture working with the partnership Pork Checkoff is something new for you isn’t it?

Cowboy Troy:  03:16  Yeah it is new it is new. I think when Porkchop was kind of starting to circulate and people started hearing about it and we did a show. I was on the road. I’ve been on the road with Big and Rich country duo you know out of Nashville, been on the road with them all year. And we played an event in Minnesota and some members of the Minnesota Pork Board were there and they were sponsoring part of the event and got a chance to talk with them while we were there and mentioned to the Porkchop and told them what it was all about. And the next thing you know I sent them the song they sent it over to National and then next thing you know I get this e-mail from the folks at National “hey we’d like to talk to you about you’re song Porkchop!” It’s just kind of fun.

Don Wick:  04:05  I love it. So the songs, out the videos out, where can folks find both the song and the video Troy.

Cowboy Troy:  04:11  You’ll be able you can find the video on all my social media like on the YouTube pages you know links on Twitter or Facebook you can go to my Facebook page or be there. It’ll be on you know at Pork.org. Over with Pork Checkoff folks, as well as you can get the download iTunes or you can stream it at Spotify. So you know you can get all of that music any way you want.

Don Wick:  04:38  Well again party season on top of us tailgating a lot of other fun things you should get the music going in and get that grill fired up as well.

Cowboy Troy:  04:47  Hey got to do it. Got to do it keep pork on your tailgate menu for sure!

Don Wick:  04:51  Finally we’re joined by Kevin Waetke the vice president of Strategic Communications for the National Pork Board. Kevin give us your thoughts on the Pork Checkoff’s involvement with this fun song.

Kevin Waetke:  05:02  It’s so rare to have any song about pork chop or the pork industry at all so when we hear one or we came across one and it is done with such high entertainment value we thought you know what if we could tap that energy. So what we did was we reached out to Cowboy Troy and he’s just been wonderful to work with and he said yes he’d love to do anything with the National Pork Board. He is a cook himself. He loves grilling. He loves his ribeye pork chop. And so what we look at this is that this song is really a gift to our industry. You know it’s fun and it just captures the love that so many Americans have for the pork chop. Underappreciated pork chops so that’s why we really look forward to working with Cowboy Troy on this fun song Porkchop. Thanks

Don Wick:  05:51  for listening to this edition of Pork Pod, for more information on this topic or the Pork Checkoff itself, visit pork.org.