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This meat is a staple of diets worldwide, so it's no wonder there are thousands of recipes for it—from Sichuan dumplings flavored with ginger, sesame, and soy sauce to Mexican posole stews made with cumin, oregano, and chipotle peppers. Pork has a slightly astringent taste that pairs well with the sweet-tart flavors of barbecue sauce—as in our recipe below.

Recipe: Barbecue Pork Chops with Red Cabbage Slaw