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Slow Cooking Pulled Pork - Every Little Thing

Slow Cooking Pulled Pork

Good morning to the blog world! 


Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your Sunday. Mine was pretty typical. I even got some reading done, which was great! I have been known to “collect” books to read. I probably have 10+ books waiting to be opened, with a few more on the way thanks to Barnes & Noble post-holiday clearance. Guess I need to get off the computer more!


I just finished Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue, one of 2010’s books du jour (excellent by the way, 5 stars!), and I’m currently reading Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars. Any of you a King fan? I adore his books. I’ve been a fan for over a decade and collect his books in hardcover. He is an amazing writer and can hook me in like none other. This one is actually a collection of four stories, but typically I like his books the longer the better (Under the Dome was a thousand plus pages!).



I really do enjoy reading and have always been a “reader.” I was the 10-year-old that brought a book to a restaurant because I couldn’t put it down. I find now though, that I’m spending more time on the computer than anything else. This obviously isn’t a new trend, but with all the time spent blogging, I’m missing my book time. 


Also, I’m not sure I will ever want an e-reader. I know, I know, everyone says that until they get one, but I love the physical being of a book. I love how they look all piled up, I love how they look organized, and I love how they look (and smell) in my hands while I’m reading them.

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Anyway, I try to keep my GoodReads account updated (sometimes I slack a bit), but if you’d like to add me, just click the word GoodReads!


So I posted yesterday about breaking in my new crock pot. I went with pulled pork, and just used a mash of recipes + the crock pot booklet to make it.


(Am I the only one that kind of feels like I’m cheating when I make a crock pot meal?)


Ingredients included:


2.25 lbs pork shoulder (I asked for 2 and that’s what I got)
1 cup all natural root beer or ginger ale
1 medium onion, chopped/sliced and separated
1 bottle BBQ sauce, as all natural as you can find
salt and pepper to taste
organic wheat hamburger buns


I trimmed what fat I could from the pork and seasoned with salt and pepper before putting it in the crock pot. I sliced about half the onion and threw it in there as well, making sure some got under the pork. Then I put in the cup of all natural ginger root beer, and cooked on high for 6 hours.

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I chose Charlotte’s Rib BBQ sauce because 1) it’s local to St. Louis and 2) it had better ingredients than most. In the future, I’m sure I could make my own BBQ sauce, but for now this bottle did the trick. Most BBQ sauces have High Fructose Corn Syrup in the first three ingredients. Stubb’s is a good brand but is pretty pricey. For $2 a bottle, this brand was a good compromise with ingredients and price.

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After six hours cooking on high, I removed the pork and Matt shredded it. Meanwhile, I dumped the juices and when the shredded pork went back into the crock pot, we mixed it with 14 ounces of BBQ Sauce (about 75% of our bottle) and the rest of the onion, chopped instead of sliced. It then cooked on high for another two hours.

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We ate it on buns with a bit of cheese and onion on top and a side of fries. It was incredible, and this is coming from someone who isn’t huge on BBQ sauce (I know, I know…). 

After a Twitter survey, I learned that many people eat pulled pork with coleslaw on top. Someone even said onion rings! The coleslaw sounds like a great topping for next time. A bit of horseradish might do the trick too.

As for today, lets all just try and make it through! 🙂

Question: Do you have an e-reader? How do you feel about the e-reader vs. book debate?

Comments

  1. I totally am the same way. I tend to keep at least 5 to 10 books that people recommend to me and it takes me forever to get through them. I won’t buy an e-reader either for the reasons you listed here. I just love to crack the spine of a new book; I love the smell of the pages and the way they feel between my fingertips. It’s just not the same on an e-reader. On the other hand, I have many books that I’d like to read, but they’re so heavy, I can’t imagine carrying them with me on my commute.

    Charlotte’s rib sauce?! Awesome! Am I the only one who buys products that have my name in them?!

  2. The coleslaw is the way people in the Carolinas eat their BBQ…and yes, it’s delicious! Although I usually will add cheese (mainly cheddar) as well.

    I don’t like BBQ sauce as a condiment but cooking with it is a-okay with me 🙂

  3. Added you on Goodreads! I need to get better about updating mine.

    I love shredded bbq in the crockpot. It saves me so much time. But yeah it totally feels like cheating. In a good way!

  4. That pulled pork sounds delicious! I haven’t had food like that in ages. There used to be a truck near my house that made the best pulled pork

  5. Yum! I do sort of feel like I’m cheating when I use the crockpot too although we are using ours again this week to make Corned Beef (I know it’s not St. Pattie’s Day but I just love the stuff!)

    I have a Nook that I use a lot when I’m traveling since it takes up a lot less space. Besides not having physical books to fill my bookshelves I sometimes get annoyed at the prices for ebooks. Since many bookstores over-order and eventually sell their books at a discounted rate, I usually can get books, even hardback, for pretty cheap if I wait long enough for them.

    With ebooks, the price goes down a little after the first paperback edition is released but then stays the same. I switch back and forth between ebooks and actual books for this reason, because the cost of ebooks can add up!

    P.S. Have you read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle? Not a Steven King book but he wrote the forward and gave it great reviews!

  6. @Charlotte – I think an e-reader would be great for travel, but much of the travel I do is to concerts and shows where I don’t have much time to read anyway! Maybe someday. (I <3 Stacy's Pita Chips, btw, prob just a little bit more b/c it's my name, spelled correctly!)

    @Tara – I have never heard of the coleslaw thing before. That’s funny though b/c the 3 people who recommended it are from Portland, OR (lives in Baltimore), Ohio, and Connecticut! hahah

    @Amanda – I slack on updating mine too. I’m working on getting better!

    @Evan – I feel like we’ve been eating too much pork, ugh. I need to backread on your blog b/c I’d like to know your food story and how you discovered you had to go gluten/wheat free (I think that’s correct?).

    @KT – I <3 corned beef too! I will prob get one eventually for travel only. That's an interesting point though beacuse you're right, almost any book that comes in hardcover will be on the clearance shelf eventually, b/c the paperback takes its' place! I very rarely pay more than $5-6 for a new book. And I have not read that story, but I'll look it up! Thanks!

  7. I was totally against e-readers for the same reasons you listed. I have ALWAYS been an all-round book lover! BUT I decided to try it out and I am totally in love with my new Nook Color. It holds all of my reading material so I don’t have to carry along a totebag full of books, magazines and newspapers anymore. Plus I can use it to check my email/facebook/blogs. And it comes with some great ‘mind’ games….chess, crossword and sudoku. Not to mention it plays audiobooks and music. As you can tell I truly love my Nook (and no I don’t work for them…LOL)

  8. There’s no more tender meat-cooking than the slow cooker! That was a grammatical mess! Sorry! 🙂 It looks fantastic!! I need to make that!!! Thanks for the idea!! I’m trying to add more protein b/c I’m having a hard time eating it lately due to my pregnancy hormones!! 🙁 Thanks again!

  9. I could have written this post myself. 1-I have also been a nerdy reader all my life. My “reward” for good behavior was going to the bookstore and I actually got in trouble in 1st grade for reading a book under my desk. I also agree with the whole novelty of books going away with e-readers. I haven’t gotten on that bandwagon yet and I don’t plan to – I love my real book collection and like you said, the physicality of a book! I tried to read Stephen King when I was younger but I scared myself, haha. I’ve wanted to try again now that I am a “grown up”.

  10. PS – adding you on goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/blueskybreeze

  11. @Di – I do like the internet part, but part of me wants an Ipad too 🙂

    @Tori – Yes, it was insanely tender! You’re welcome!

    @Rachel – Stephen King can be a bit scary but maybe start with some of the less scary stuff, like Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Green Mile, Under The Dome…

    added you back!

  12. Stephen King is my FAVORITE!!! Reading Under the Dome right now!

  13. after playing with my dad’s ipad today, i am officially a fan of the ereader concept, but i dont think i can get behind it enough ot buy one and use it exclusively.

  14. @Marissa – hope you like UtD! I really enjoyed it!

    @Katie – yeah, I know it would be super useful for travel-reading and I think it’s a great overall device, but I’m with you in that I don’t think I could ever exclusively use it.

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