Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Month of Meals -- take one
The idea isn't foreign. You take your family's favorite 30 meals and put them in a handy book and use it in your rotation system. Right. Sounds easy, but I haven't been able to get around to it yet. So, I decided to go slowly at it. Every time we have a meal that is a home run with all the family, I am going to type it up and save it on the computer. Hopefully over a few month's time, we will have found 30 winners. Lately, I have leaned toward quick and easy being first priority, yet great-tasting recipes. So, I thought I would share my latest love.
It. Is. Easy.
Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches -- courtesy of Rib City Grill
1 small 2-4 lb. pork butt "bone in" or pork collar, or roast bone in or no bone
1 bottle Liquid Smoke
1 blend of Vegetable blend spices (Season Salt, Celery, Salt, Pepper, Montreal BBQ Spices, Garlic powder mixed together
1 bottle Sweet BBQ sauce
Spread all spices on Pork Roast or Butt forming almost a crust, or thick layer.
Tear off 2 big pieces of foil to cover roast.
Pour 1/2 bottle liquid smoke into foil with roast. Wrap the first sheet, then wrap it again with the second sheet so the juices cannot escape when cooking.
Place in a shallow pan or cooking tray. Slow cook at 375 for 4 hours, and then 275 for 4 more hours. (I just place it in my crock pot in the morning and forget about it).
Unwrap and bull bone (if any). Take a fork and make sure that the meat separates easily. Leave cooking juice and put in bowl and pull with forks or gloved hands.
Add BBQ sauce.
Serve on fresh rolls.
Now, to add as a side, I recently discovered these sweet potato fries. I just picked them up at Wal-Mart. They taste just like the ones at one of my favorite restaurants. However, I wish I had the dipping sauce to go with it. So, I made this one -- it is good, too!
Apricot Dipping Sauce
1 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice
1 T prepared mustard
Melt jam in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in orange juice and mustard. Purée sauce in food processor or with immersible mixer.
There it is! A tantalizing meal everyone enjoys (well, only some of us like the sweet potato fries - that's when Pringles come in as a substitute).
One down. Twenty-nine to go. I would love to have some suggestions on your favorite meals to add to my rotation system.