Southern BBQ Pulled Pork

Southern BBQ Pulled Pork

I've posted this twice before on An American Housewife - once way back in 2007!  I still use this recipe now as my #1 go-to recipe for pulled pork.  Absolutely love it!  When I first started making this I would cook the pork roast with a little salt and pepper in the slow cooker or crock-pot all day and mix and add the seasoning later after shredding.  I stopped doing that years ago - probably on a very busy day at work at the museum and then running 3 kids to every lesson, sport or game known to man!  Anything that can save time is a good one and adding everything at the start, and then forgetting about it for about 6 or 7 hours.

Southern BBQ Pulled Pork

1 pork butt roast
1 c white vinegar
1 c apple cider vinegar
1 T white sugar
1/4 c brown sugar, heaping
1 t liquid smoke
1 T dried red pepper flakes
1 T chipolte powder
1 T yellow mustard or beer mustard

Cook in a slow cooker or crock pot all day until it's done and so tender you can shred it with 2 large forks.  Serve on soft buns or rolls with condiments such as dill pickles and mustard with some coleslaw on the side and big glass of sweet tea.

This makes a good bit of liquid and if you wish, you can drain all but about a cup of it off and then shred for a drier mix. However, the meat really soaks up the liquid - if you choose to refrigerate it for later, or if you know you'll have leftovers I'd use all the liquid as it will soak almost all of it by the next day.  If you wish, shred the meat and then start with a cup of liquid, mix it and add until it's the consistency you wish.  We use all the liquid and just use two large serving forks to scoop up the meat, stop and let some of it drip back into the pan and then place it on our buns.

(At this point you can let the whole thing cool down and refrigerate over night or even package it up and put it in the freezer for a later date. The setting time allows the flavor to really set in and it's amazing. However you can serve it right away.)  

You might be interested products related to this post available from Amazon;
Colgin Liquid Smoke, 4.0 Ounce
Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart
Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, 6-Quart


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An Adult Root Beer Float - Not Your Father's Root Beer Floats!

Last summer it seemed everyone hosting a bbq or get together was serving bottles of "Not Your Father's Root Beer" - an adult root beer, but in this case, 'beer' really means beer.  Doing a lot of entertaining this past holiday season, I picked up a couple cases of this beverage to have on hand as a choice for guests.  Not being a beer drinker myself, I did taste it and I thought it was heavy on the 'root' and light on the 'beer'.  Enjoyable at first, but it seemed to get thicker and creamer the more I sipped it (it didn't literally... it just felt that way in my mouth) and I found that after about 5 sips, I was tasting more of the 'beer' and less of the 'root' it was just getting too thick for me to enjoy drinking.

But that is when I had a brainstorm.  Floats!  We had a low sugar ice cream in our freezer that came out, I scooped some into a soda glass, poured over the alcoholic root beer, stuck a straw in it and suddenly everyone wanted to try them!

It was fun drink - tasted like a typical root beer float - and for those of us not crazy about alcoholic drinks, it was nice to have something to sip and enjoy while hob-knobbing with my guests.

Thumbs up to this quick and easy.. and fun drink!

Related products available through Amazon;

Anchor Hocking Classic Soda Fountain Glass, 12 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Bistro Ice Cream Spoon, Set of 4
Libbey 6-Piece Fountain Shoppe Classic Ice Cream Soda Glass, 12-Ounce, Clear
Assorted Colors Smoothie Straws, Pack of 100 Pieces

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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches using Ground Chicken

If you follow me on Twitter then you'll already know last nights dinner was BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with boneless, skinless breasts I had ground myself.  There was no real recipe - it was a 'throw it together' kind of meal but it was delicious so as a reminder to myself to make this again in a couple weeks, it's going into my An American Housewife site files.

1 lb. ground chicken
BBQ sauce of choice (I used a sugar free bbq sauce)
additional ketchup (I used sugar free)
onion powder
yellow mustard
salt, pepper
brown sugar (I used a natural sweetener)

Brown the ground chicken on the stovetop over medium high until done.  Add the bbq sauce and any additions to taste.  Warm through and cook down until the sauce is as thick as you wish.  Serve on buns.  We use Nature's Own as they have the lowest sugar I've found available in store-bought easily available buns in our local grocery stores.

I grind my own (thus; the really awesome packaging... ha ha)

cook until done and no longer pink

add bbq sauce of your choosing and optional additions to taste

I used G. Hughes sugar free bqq sauce - which I can buy locally for about $4 a bottle.  I did see you can get it on Amazon as well but it's kind of expensive.  This 3 pack was better than the $14 and $18 I seeing listed for a single bottle.  G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce 18oz Glass Bottle (Pack of 3) Select Flavor Below (Sampler Pack - 1 each of Hickory * Maple Brown & Honey)

However!  Walden Farms make a much cheaper sugar free sauce - although not as yummy as the Hickory flavored G. Hughes in my opinion and it's more liquidy.

Still; here are some products related to this post through Amazon if you are interested;

Weston Products Weston Brands Grinder and No.5 Stuffer, White
Weston 30-0101-W 8-by-12-Inch Vacuum-Sealer Food Bags, 100 Count
Walden Farms Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce, 12 Ounce


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