Sunday, April 25, 2010

BBQ Pulled Pork/Chicken in the Crock Pot

I can't trace the lineage of this recipe, but it is on the new side of our repertoire. Maybe the last 10 years or so?  It is great for making ahead and feeding a crowd.  We have had it for a lot of large family gatherings.  I have even used this same method/recipe with chicken breasts, and shredded that when we had a crew of people here helping us move into our new house.  I also try to buy the pork/chicken when it is on sale, and cheap.

BBQ Pulled Pork (or chicken)

3 lb pork tenderloin or roast (or boneless breasts, if you are going that route)
1-1/2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup of honey
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
pepper to season
1/4 cup flour

Place meat in crock pot.  Mix 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce, honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour over meat.

Cook on low 8-10 hours.

Using a fork (or two), shred meat into bite size pieces.

Mix flour with remaining 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce, and gradually stir into juices. Increase setting to high, cover and cook 15 minutes longer.

*Notes:  Like I said before, you can use pork or chicken.  If I am having a party, I will often double the recipe, and sometimes make it the day before, refrigerate, and re-heat in the crock-pot.  Makes party day a little easier.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Alfredo Sauce

I love it. My hubby loves it. My Mom liked it. My Dad?  Not so much... but he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  Super simple, and delicious.  Serve it with fettuccine noodles, tortellini, or my favorite... get some fresh bread or bread sticks and dig in!

Alfredo Sauce
1 pint of heavy cream (2 cups)
1 stick butter
2 Tablespoons cream cheese
1/2- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
2-3 dashes nutmeg, ground
2-3 dashes pepper

Combine cream, butter and cream cheese. Simmer until it is all melted and happy. Add parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Season with nutmeg and pepper.

Yummy! (I think this is just as good or better than Olive- you know who...)  :-)