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Slow Cooked Root Beer Pulled Pork with a kick…

31 Oct

I’m pretty sure most people like me because of this pulled pork recipe. I’ve brought it to football parties, potlucks and picnics. It’s always a hit and I rarely have leftovers. As someone who complains about leftovers, I get a little sad when all of the pulled pork is devoured.

I made Root Beer Pulled Pork for The Bears Monday Night Football game last week. I was looking forward to having a lazy night on the couch and eating a couple pulled pork sandwiches. I got a call from my hubby mid-morning asking if he could have a couple of friends over for dinner. I hesitated slightly. I wasn’t worried about not having enough pork, but I wasn’t totally thrilled about not having a pork sandwich for lunch the next day. But I decided to put my greediness aside and said of course he could have friends over. I love entertaining and pulled pork is perfect for a Monday night meal.

However, I didn’t get enough pulled pork for my liking. So over the weekend, I made more. It was a nice break from the massive cheesy meatball lasagna I made on Friday night.

I know there are a lot of root beer pulled pork recipes out there… but dare I say, this recipe is the best. Root beer provides some flavor, but I want more. So I like to add additional spices to turn things up a notch. Trust me, you don’t even need BBQ sauce. (but you still can if you want. I won’t judge you.)

And since this is made in a crock pot, it’s the perfect meal for any day of the week. It requires no attention until it’s time to shred the pork.

So to all of my friends, here is my recipe. I guess I’ll need to come up with another recipe to get me invited to shindigs. 🙂

Slow Cooked Root Beer Pulled Pork

  • 1 cup root beer, additional might be needed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp grill seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 lb boneless supreme pork roast
  • 4 to 8 buns
  • BBQ sauce, if needed

Directions:

  1. Pour root beer into slow cooker. Add all the spices, seasonings and garlic. Gives everything a good stir. Add onions and pork. Add more root beer if needed. You don’t want the pork to be submerged, just nicely floating.
  2. Set the slow cooker on the lowest setting. Cook for 5-6 hours.
  3. When the pork is cooked, shred meat in the slow cooker. Turn the setting down to warm and let the shredded pork hang out for 20 minutes. Serve on buns and BBQ sauce.
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A year ago today….

15 Oct

I married the best guy.

It seems hard to believe a year has gone by since our wedding day but I think that’s good. It means we’re having a lot of fun!

I met my husband on Sunday afternoon watching football. Since that day, I’ve spent almost every Sunday with him cheering on our teams. This past Sunday was no different…except I didn’t really have as much enthusiam as I usually do. My Chicago Bears had a bye. However, Jim had some serious words for his Indianspolis Colts. (Things I really can’t post on this blog.) Soooo to dull the pain of another Colts loss, I did the best thing I could do for my groom. Make Food.

Rosemary Pork Tenderloin & Blue Cheese Potato Salad. It made me forget about the numerous Jets Touchdowns….

This isn’t a Miss Tasty Orginal Recipe. I saw this on the Butter Queen’s show while working out last week. (Am I the only person who watches Food Network while sweating away on a stair climber??!!) Anywho, I thought this meal would be the perfect lunch while watching some football on Sunday — regardless of my hubby’s mood!

Trust me, you want to make this. Miss Paula knows what she’s doing. The rosemary & garlic on the pork gives it such a strong flavor and you can smell it cooking away after a few minutes in the oven. Its the type of scent I wish was in my house year round. Well, that and chocolate chip cookies.

I know not everyone is a blue cheese fan, but this potato salad is devine. I love the combo of blue cheese and horseradish. Creamy & peppery. YUM. Plus, the dressing for the potato salad is thick and hearty. It’s perfect for fall.

I think making this meal was a good choice for me. My husband’s mood was suprisingly better after eating his lunch and he even cleaned up the kitchen! I knew I married this man for a good reason! 🙂

Rosemary Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches & Blue Cheese Potato Salad, from Paula Deen

Pork Tenderloin:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (2-pound) pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon Paula Deen’s Silly Salt (I used seasoned salt)
  • 12 dinner rolls or small sandwich rolls
  • Sandwich Spread, recipe follows

Sandwich Spread:

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped flat parsley leaves
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons freshly chopped green onions
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix garlic, rosemary, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce. Remove wrapper from the tenderloin and separate the 2 halves. Rub the mixture to the top of meat. Add Silly Salt to all sides of the tied tenderloin. Place in oven for 1 hour; covered with foil for 30 minutes and then uncovered for the remaining 30 minutes. (Note — I didn’t cook the tenderloin for that long. Mine was more like 45 minutes. I like to cook pork to a temp of 145 degrees. It’s safe, trust me!!)
  3. Let the pork rest covered in foil for 10 minutes. Cut the pork tenderloin into slices. Slice dinner rolls. Place a slice of pork and a teaspoon of sandwich spread onto each dinner roll.

Sandwich Spread:

  1. Add ingredients to a bowl and thoroughly combine.

Blue Cheese Potato Salad, from Paula Deen

Potato Salad

  • 5 pounds red and white table potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Blue Cheese Dressing, recipe follows

Blue Cheese Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (5-ounce) container crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large shallow roasting pan with non-stick aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, olive oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, tossing gently to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes, until potatoes are tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onions; cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and add vinegar. Stir until vinegar evaporates, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, onions, and Blue Cheese Dressing. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Blue Cheese Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, blue cheese, sour cream, horseradish, and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate.