If it’s Thursday, you know it is time for Crock Pot Buddies!
This is now week five for me and my cooking-partner-in-crime Debra over at The Harried Mom. Have you tried any recipes yet? Let us know!
Trying to recover from last week’s debacle of a meal, I decided to try a recipe that was not only easy, but that would redeem my cooking abilities. On the recommendation of my PTO President and Mom extraordinaire, I set out to make a Juicy Pulled Pork.
Sunday afternoon, without the gaggle of children to distract me, I set off to the “civilized” supermarket. What is the civilized supermarket? In a nutshell, it’s not the chaos that is known as ShopRite. While ShopRite prices are unbeatable, the staff friendly and their selection fresh, in my neck of the woods, its Super Bowl Sunday and Thanksgiving craziness every day. So I save my pennies and treat myself to shopping at McCaffrey’s -the civilized way.
Making my way through the aisles with a warm roasted cup of gourmet coffee, I arrived at the butcher section and found at least a dozen varieties of pork to choose from. Then the panic set in. Which piece of pork would work best? No sooner had the thought crossed my mind, then appeared the McCaffrey’s butcher (who for the sake of this post – let’s say resembled a handsome Tom Cruise, “pre” couch jumping) to help me select the perfect cut. Soon I was checking out my groceries and heading home excited to cook my Juicy Pulled Pork.
Sunday became Monday and soon Monday became Tuesday and I had yet to plug in the Crock Pot. Perhaps it was the fear of another failure or just down right hectic schedules, but it wasn’t until 2pm Tuesday afternoon that I pulled together the nerve to cook.
In my honest opinion, the pulled pork came out delicious. It was moist and tangy and flavorful. With a side of smashed potatoes (because the skin is healthy a.k.a., “I don’t peel potatoes”) and crisp green beans, the pork was complimented with not only flavor, but color.
Now, if you ask my hubby (who I am sure you will find commenting below) there was an “overpowering taste of vinegar”. I neglected to add brown sugar to the recipe in fear of a repeat of last week, but hubby insisted as he ate his portion, that brown sugar would have made the recipe perfect.
Dinner was served and eaten and without a piece of pork left over – much to the disappointment of last week’s canine recipients of burnt rubber chicken.
In my book, Juicy Pulled Pork is a winner! Buon Appettito!
Juicy Pulled Pork
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Serves: 4 Adults and 2 half-lings
1 1/2 pounds of pork (Butcher Cruise suggested the loin cut)
1 cup of vinegar
3 cups of vegetable soup
1/2 cup of ketchup
1 package of McCormick pulled pork seasoning
1/4 cup of brown sugar (if you so wish)
Place pork in the crock pot.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over the pork.
Around the 3rd hour of cooking, pull the pork apart with a fork and leave until the 4th hour of cooking.
Serve warm and enjoy!
Now it’s your turn! Visit The Harried Mom who is cooking up Pork Ribs in Tomato Sauce and share your recipe.
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