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Pulled Pork Omelet

This pork is so good that you will be happy if there are left overs to enjoy the next day.  If you still have some after that, you may want to mix it up and not have another pulled pork sandwich.  So today for breakfast, I got creative!  I made an omelet with pulled pork, diced jalapeno and fresh cilantro.  It was delish!  If you have some cheddar cheese, that would also be amazing with that.

It was a very filling meal, so it’s definitely an indulgent weekend treat!

Eggs, I went with 3 because I had 3 left

A splash of water

Left over pulled pork

1/2 jalapeno, diced

a handful of fresh cilantro

Crack the eggs into a bowl and add a splash of water, it helps makes the omelet nice and fluffy.  Beat the eggs lightly with a fork or whisk.  Use butter or cooking spray in a skillet and melt over medium heat.  Pour in the eggs.  Meanwhile, dice the jalapeno in small pieces.  But, DON’T leave the skillet for too long because the eggs will cook quickly.  Actually, maybe dice the pepper first.  Use a spatula to gently lift an edge that has started to cook and tilt the pan to let uncooked eggs under to cook.  Keep that until the majority of the egg is set.  Once the egg is almost all set, place the pulled pork, jalapeno and cilantro down the center.  Gently fold the egg in half.  Let the omelet continue to cook briefly.  You can either slide the omelet out, or put a plate over the top and flip the skillet (that’s what I did because the top wasn’t as pretty!).

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Pulled Pork with Bourbon Bar-B-Q Sauce

This was my first try at pulled pork and I was a little nervous!  I know it seems silly to be nervous about something that I was planning to put it in the crock pot; what could go wrong?!  Luckily, nothing did and it was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, preeetttttyyyy tasty (that’s my little homage to the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm starting!).

My main concern was the balance of the sauce, but as it cooked it melded well.  Next time I make it, I will probably adjust a bit to get an even better balance.

This is another meal that can be extremely easy to make for a group on a budget, and keeps you out of the kitchen for the most part.

Bone in pork butt roast (about 3 pounds will serve 6-8 people)

1 medium onion

Rub

2 tsp ground mustard

2 tsp oregano

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp pepper

1 tsp Tastefully Simple Seasoning Salt

1 tsp Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic

1 tsp Garlic Salt

Bar-b-q Sauce

1- 20 oz bottle of ketchup

1/3 white vinegar

1/4 bourbon

1 1/2 – 2TBSP liquid smoke

1 TBSP red wine vinegar

1 – 1 1/2TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1/2 – 1 tsp paprika

1/2 -1 tsp chili powder

3/4 cups brown sugar

Combine all of the spices and then rub into the meat.  Really get in there!  Place the rub into a sealed plastic bag and refrigerate over night.

Mix together all of the ingredients for the sauce in a sauce pan.  Prepare the night before also to give the flavors time to marry.

In the morning drizzle a little bit of vegetable oil in the crock pot and swirl to coat.  Place the roast in the crock pot and pour about 1/2 to 3/4 of the sauce over the roast.  Chop the onion in thin strips and place over top.  Cook the roast for 9-11 hours over low heat or 5-6 hours over high heat.

Bring the remaining sauce to a boil 1 or 2 hours before you plan on eating and then bring the heat down to a simmer.  You want the alcohol to cook off and for the sauce to reduce a little and thicken.

About 45 minutes to an hour before serving, shred the pork with 2 forks.  With the slow wet cooking, it will be so tender it won’t take much to pull it.  Once it is all separated and the bone is removed.  Replaced the lid and let the pork continue to cook.  This will help the remaining sauce in the pot to thicken up.

That’s all there is to it!  Easy as, well pulled pork in a crock pot 😉  Serve the pork with a good quality bun, sharp cheddar cheese and extra bar-b-q sauce.

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My take on a southern bar-b-q picnic (but indoors in Pittsburgh)

This week for dinner I wanted to do a take on a southern bar-b-q.  I served pulled pork, to help fulfill my friend Leigh Ann’s birthday wish that this year be full of pork.  This meal did the trick!  I know crock pots are often reserved for chilly winter nights and coming home to a warm and comforting roast and veggies.  I had to snap out of that thinking because it’s a perfect way to come home to a delicious meal without having to turn on the hot beast that is your oven added unnecessary degrees to your kitchen.  The great thing about this menu is that if you can suffer through having the beast (or in my case the mini beast) having the stove on long enough to boil the potatoes and eggs, you can entertain while keeping your cool!

As side dishes I made Momma G’s potato salad, which cross my fingers hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, is the best potato salad that you will EVER have!  I also made a carrot, chili and coriander coleslaw that I found in my recent Bon Appetit magazine.

To make the picnic feel authentic (even though it was indoors) I got some red and white checkered fabric for a table cloth and put blue bandanas down the center.  I also saved up tin cans for a couple of weeks to make cute little candle holders after I got them squeaky clean post enjoyable tin can meals.  I drilled different size holes into the cans and painted them different shades of blue.  I then put tea light candles in the tin cans which made a rustic-ish easy candle holders.  Beverages included iced tea, lemonade (or Arnold Palmers’ for the fancy ladies!) and water and was enjoyed out of mason jars!

And, dinner was concluded with an out of this world salted caramel ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels made by my friend Leigh Ann.  Sooo amazing!

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