July 20, 2023

Pork and bacon fans can sample the famous Ohio-centric creation at the state fair.

NEW ALBANY, Ohio – America’s legions of “fair food” fans are in for a special treat on July 29 when A&E’s “Best in Chow” series debuts Ohio’s own Double-Decker Loaded Pork Loin Sandwich created at the Ohio State Fair by the Ohio Pork Council. As part of the 21-episode series, viewers can join host Matt Richards as he travels to the biggest state fairs across the country to find America’s wildest foods and most creative concoctions.

Ohio’s swine-centric entry for the A&E show features two, inch-thick slices of pork loin, paired with three pieces of Ohio-produced Daisy Field bacon, topped with coleslaw and farmer-favorite, D.B. Yummers BBQ sauce.

“Creating this unique sandwich for Best in Chow a year ago at the fair was an amazing experience for us to really showcase the best pork that Ohio has to offer in a fun, over-the-top way,” says Cheryl Day, executive vice president of Ohio Pork Council. “We hope everyone will not only tune in to see the amazing creations from across the country compete but will come try the Double-Decker Loaded Pork Loin Sandwich for themselves at this year’s fair. I know pork enthusiasts will appreciate that this ‘Ohio-proud’ loin is perfectly cooked to 145 degrees.”

In the A&E series, Matt Richards visits fairs and tastes six dishes over three rounds of competition. He looks for over-the-top inventiveness, eye-popping visuals and that special quality that makes fairgoers taste buds tingle. He then chooses the best of the best and declare that dish “Best in Chow.”

“It’s like going to the fair while sitting on your sofa and salivating over the newest and gooiest food creations from all over the country!” says SallyAnn Salsano, founder and CEO of 495 Productions, who produces the series for A&E.

While you can see the Double-Decker Loaded Pork Loin Sandwich on A&E at 11:30 a.m. ET on July 29, Ohio’s pig farmers urge you to taste it for yourself at the Ohio State Fair’s Taste of Ohio Café between July 26 and Aug. 6 in Columbus.

About the Ohio Pork Council

The Ohio Pork Council was established in 1968, beginning with nearly 800 pig farmers dedicated to the task of promoting their own product. Currently, OPC has approximately 2,500 members. Their mission is to serve and benefit all Ohio pork producers. To learn more, visit www.OhioPork.org or call 614-882-5887.