- Cooking spray
- 1 (4- to 5-lb.) boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt), trimmed
- 1 (18-oz.) bottle barbecue sauce (we used Jack Daniel’s Hickory Barbecue Sauce)
- 1 (12-oz.) can cola soft drink (we used Caffeine Free Coca-Cola)
- 10 to 12 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
- Toppings: chopped tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, shredded Cheddar cheese (we used sharp Cheddar cheese), chopped fresh cilantro (we also used sliced radishes)
- Take a 6-quart slow cooker out and lightly grease the inside of it using the cooking spray. Put the pork in the bottom of the slow cooker, pouring the barbecue sauce and cola in afterwards. Put a lid on the slow cooker, letting the pork cook on LOW heat for 8 to 10 hours or until the meat shreds easily with a fork.
- Take the pork out of the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board. Shred the meat using two forks, throwing away any chunks of fat. Skim any fat from the sauce before adding the shredded pork back in.
- Spoon the pork into the tortillas, adding on your choice of toppings afterwards.
We recommend actually fixing this a day or two before you plan on it actually being eaten ‘cause while the flavors aren’t bad on the first day per se, it tastes a lot better after it’s sat in the fridge for a day or two. You get a nice sweetness from the sauce (not like candy sweet though) and the meat is really tender. If you choose to add the toppings then the radish will give a nice crunch, the jalapeños bring heat and crunch, cilantro and tomato bring a nice freshness, and what doesn’t cheese make better?
This recipe came from Southern Living.
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- 3 cups whole milk, divided
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups shredded smoked Cheddar
- 1 cup shredded American cheese (I took 9 slices of Kraft American cheese and cut it into small diced pieces to get a cup of cheese)
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
- 1 (16-ounce) package penne pasta, cooked
- 3 cups shredded Slow Cooker Pork Roast (recipe below)
- Toppings: more shredded Slow Cooker Pork Roast (I set aside an extra cup for the topping), shredded Cheddar cheese (I used more of the smoked Cheddar cheese), and chopped green onion (I sliced the green onions)
- Preheat your broiler, making sure you have a rack on the middle shelf. Take a large saucepan out and pour 2 ¾ cups milk in, setting the heat to medium. Grab a small bowl and whisk the remaining milk together with the flour, whisking until the mixture’s smooth. Once the 2 ¾ cups milk is heated to the point of boiling, gradually whisk in the flour mixture and continue to whisk for another 2 minutes or until the milk feels like it’s thickened. Turn the heat down to medium-low and mix in the cheese, mustard, salt and pepper, stirring until the cheese has melted. Toss in the pasta and 3 cups of shredded pork, stirring to make sure everything’s combined.
- Take a large cast-iron skillet and spread the mac and cheese out in it, topping it with the additional pork followed by the Cheddar. Place in the oven to broil for a minute or two or until the cheese has melted a little. Sprinkle on the green onion and enjoy !
Slow Cooker Pork Roast
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
- 1 (4- to 5-pound) pork shoulder (we used a boneless pork shoulder)
- 2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, and pepper, rubbing the mixture all over the pork.
- Place the pork in a 6-qt. slow cooker (we placed the pork fat-side up in the slow cooker), adding in the remaining ingredients afterwards.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on HIGH for 2 hours, turning the heat down to LOW afterwards for 6 additional hours. Take the pork out and shred it, discarding the fat.
This is a 2-for-1 southern comfort food dish ! You can definitely taste the Cheddar in the mac and cheese and you can still get that subtle flavor of the pork. One component doesn’t overpower the other in this and the green onion also adds a nice crunch as well as bringing a nice freshness to the dish.
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- Pulled Pork
- 1 bone-in pork shoulder (about 7 lbs.)
- 1 tsp. salt (we used more than 1 tsp. of table salt*)
- ½ tsp. pepper (we used more than ½ tsp. of freshly ground black pepper*)
- Small hamburger buns (optional)
- Mustard Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- ½ yellow onion, grated
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 1 cup yellow mustard (such as French’s) (we used French’s)
- 1 tbsp. dry mustard
- ¾ cup cider vinegar
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. Tabasco
- For the pulled pork: Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Let the pork sit at room temp. for 30 minutes before seasoning it with the salt and pepper. Wrap the pork up tightly in aluminum foil and place it on a rimmed baking sheet that has a rack fitted on it (we lined the baking sheet with foil before placing the rack on). Stick the sheet in the oven and let the pork cook for 7 hours or until the pork reaches 200 degrees in the thickest part and can be easily pulled apart using a fork.
- For the mustard barbecue sauce: When there’s 20 minutes left on the cook time for the pork, take a saucepan out and add the butter to it, setting the heat to medium-low. Once the butter’s melted, toss in the onion and garlic, stirring frequently for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients and let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes.
- Once the pork’s cool enough for you to handle, remove the skin, bone and fat, throwing them away afterwards. Take the meat and shred it with a pair of forks. Place the pulled meat in a large mixing bowl, pouring the barbecue sauce over it afterwards, tossing to coat. Serve the pork on buns if you’re using them.
*We didn’t like how little the salt and pepper seemed on the pork so we added more. We didn’t measure how much more we used though, so season to taste !
When we tried the sauce before pouring it over the pork, it had so much pucker power to it ! Something magical happened though after it was tossed with the pork, almost all the pucker power disappeared ! The sauce just took on a sweeter flavor to it, we couldn’t explain it. Can’t explain it, but we loved it !
We got this recipe from Family Circle.
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- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp. finely chopped garlic
- 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
- 4 Tbsp. gochujang sauce (such as Bibigo Gochujang Hot & Sweet Sauce), divided (we used Annie Chun’s gochujang sauce)
- 1 lb. ground pork
- ½ cup panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs)
- 6 scallions, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
- 1 ½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
- 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- 8 Little Gem lettuce leaves or romaine lettuce heart leaves (we used romaine lettuce heart leaves)
- ¼ cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime wedges
- Preheat your grill to medium-high (between 400 to 450 degrees) or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and lightly grease it. In a large mixing bowl, stir the egg, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the gochujang sauce together. Add the pork and panko into the bowl and gently mix everything using your hands until just combined. Divide the meat mixture into 24 (1 ¼-inch) meatballs (weighing roughly 1 ounce each). Thread the meatballs, alternating with the green onion pieces, onto 8 (8-inch) skewers (we used wooden skewers that we had soaked for at least 30 minutes).
- Place the kebabs on the lightly greased grill grate or grill pan (we used a grill and lightly greased the grate with vegetable oil). Grill uncovered for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly charred and fully cooked, turning occasionally.
- In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, sugar and remaining gochujang together until combined. Lay one skewer on each of the leaves, spooning 2 teaspoons of the sauce over each kebab, followed by sprinkling on the peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and the remaining sauce.
You don’t have to but for ourselves, we slid the meatballs and green onions off the skewer and wrapped them in the lettuce leaves before eating.
We got this recipe from Southern Living.
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- Peanut Sauce
- 1 ½ lb. ground pork
- 3 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
- 4 scallions, chopped (we used this plus an extra ½ cup chopped scallions*)
- 1 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce
- 4 burger buns, split and toasted (we used sesame seed buns)
- Chayote Slaw, for topping
- Slaw dressing
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (we used light brown sugar)
- 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 cups julienned chayote
- 1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts
- ½ cup seeded and thinly sliced English cucumber
- ½ cup chopped scallion greens (they suggest this will take about 5 scallions)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced (optional) (we used it and left the seeds in)
- Slaw dressing
- In a large bowl, whisk the peanut sauce ingredients together, leaving it off to the side for now.
- Add the burger ingredients to a food processor**, pulsing until combined. Shape the meat mixture into 4 (½-inch thick) patties (we made a little indent in the middle of the patties).
- Preheat your grill*** to medium-high, brushing the grill grate with oil afterwards (we used vegetable oil). Grill the patties, covered***, for 4 minutes per side or until fully cooked (4 minutes per side did the job for us).
- While the burgers are cooking, make the slaw. In a small bowl, whisk together the slaw dressing ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, add the slaw ingredients to it, pouring the dressing over it afterwards, tossing to combine.
- Spread the peanut sauce on the buns, put the burger on and top with the Chayote Slaw.
*I tried to make all the components at the same time and accidentally added the ½ cup of chopped scallions meant for the slaw to the bowl with the burger ingredients. Turned out to be a happy accident though !
**We just mixed the burger ingredients together by hand in a large mixing bowl.
***We cooked our burgers on an indoor grill and didn’t cover them while they cooked.
All the components together made a tasty burger ! We tried the slaw on its own and it was too spicy to eat as a side dish but on the burger, the heat gets tempered down to a nice level. The slaw also adds a nice crunchy texture to the burger. The flavor of green onion comes through in the patty but you won’t need a breath mint because of it. Peanut sauce adds more flavor and a creaminess to the burger. Don’t know if this really counts as Thai but it does count as being delicious !
We got this recipe from Cuisine Tonight.
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- 3 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (we used hickory smoke)
- 1 teaspoons ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Take a 6-quart slow cooker out and spray the inside of it with cooking spray. Place the ribs down on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Take a medium-sized mixing bowl out and add to it the remaining ingredients (tomato paste – minced garlic), stirring to combine. Pour the tomato mixture over the ribs, turning the ribs so they get thoroughly coated in the mixture.
- Place a layer of paper towels over the slow cooker, putting the lid on afterwards. Cook on LOW for 5 to 5 ½ hours or until the meat’s tender. Serve the ribs with the sauce and enjoy !
The meat was practically falling off the bone, it was so tender ! You take a bite and you can taste a sweet and spicy flavor but you’ll get some smokiness at the end of the bite. A great recipe when you’re hankering some ribs but don’t feel like cooking outdoors.
We got this recipe from a Paula Deen magazine.
We weren’t paid in any form to promote the magazine.
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