Monday, August 29, 2011

PW Pulled Pork

Hello! Hope everyone had a good weekend. The abundance of free time I thought I'd have once both boys are in school (twice a week anyway) hasn't quite kicked in just yet...I made this last week and just now getting to post it!

Ah, my nemesis, the pulled pork. I made this one other time, from a different recipe, and it didn't turn out very well. That's about all I remember. And it was a huge mess in my roasting pan. Most things I make do turn out, but I can also mess up pretty much anything!

This recipe calls for a pretty involved marinade. There's onion, brown sugar, garlic, vinegar, some spices (including a buttload of cumin). Those get mixed up together in the trusty food processor.

Warning: do not have your face in the food processor when you open it up after blending. The aroma WILL burn your face. In a good way. But still.

So here we go. I used my brain this time and got a disposable pan. GREATNESS!

Marinade all rubbed in. Messy. And gross. Raw meat = gross to me.

Here is is after about 7 hours in the oven (covered). Still gross. Keeping my eye on the prize.

Then you take the foil off and cook some more. Still gross.

It seemed to be done, it was falling apart as it should be. Then begins the process of "pulling" it, i.e. shredding it with 2 forks. Someone seriously needs to invent an appliance that can do this for you. It took me like 30 minutes.

Here we go, all done, a ginormous bowl and left on the cookie sheet was everything I deemed not edible (fat, etc.)

I decided against keeping the marinade and pouring it over the shredded meat. I figured we'd want to flavor it our own way, and different ways. This was an ENORMOUS amount of meat. I think the roast was about 6 pounds?

The recipe calls for serving it with limes and tortillas. But we opted for BBQ sandwiches. This is homemade BBQ sauce (simmer on stove ketchup, garlic, molasses, apple cider vinegar, some other stuff. Can't remember when it's not in front of me! I can post the recipe if anyone's interested).

The next time I had a sandwich I made it with Frank's and Ranch, a la my fav thing at Buffalo Wild Wings. YUM.

We went through about half the amount of meat in a week, then I had to get it in the freezer. Hopefully it will keep okay!

This week I will be making one more batch of jam and peanut butter too. Hopefully I'll remember to take pics so I can get those up here!

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