Monday, January 11, 2010

BBQ Sauce, Pulled Pork, Baked Beans and Coleslaw

See what happens when you watch too much food tv! Since you can't always get what they're having, you improvise and make it yourself. I had been watching some of those BBQ pit shows, you know, the real deal BBQ food. Well I don't live in the BBQ South or have a smoker, so what I did was crock pot it. haha.
I did a pork butt roast seasoned with salt and pepper, a tiny bit of chicken broth and poured a tiny capful of liquid smoke over the roast. I let it cook on high for 1 hour then I poured a little BBQ sauce over it and set it on low for about 6 hours. When it was done, I shredded it into big pieces and tossed it with some more BBQ sauce. Put it on a bun and topped it with a little slaw! A side of beans finished the plate off and we all chowed it down.

This is my favorite BBQ sauce. It's found here and I blogged about it sometime ago.

Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce
-doubled, this makes 5 1/2 C.

2 cups ketchup
2 cups tomato sauce
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke (a must!)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and butter. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes. For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary. Brush sauce onto any kind of meat during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

~my side note:
I let this one simmer for almost 1 hour. then used it the next day to let the flavors merry and thicken up even more.

I made up some coleslaw using this sauce recipe here. I have never eaten slaw on a pork sandwich, so I decided to just try it. YUM! It's great! I used a bag of ready to mix shredded coleslaw.

Country Coleslaw
as seen at Guilty Kitchen

1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. White wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
Fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp salt

1. Combine cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in another bowl. Stirring until sugar is dissolved. Combine with cabbage and let stand for 30 minutes prior to devouring.
3. Serve as topping for pulled pork sandwiches, or as a side dish for another meal.

I also made up some of my Mom's Baked Beans. Soo soo good! You may half this recipe, since it makes 2 casseroles. I also figured using a bag of frozen peppers and onion mix, then dicing it up a little more was just easier.

2 (30 oz) cans pork and beans
1 Lb. bacon, cut into pieces
1 large white/yellow onion, diced*
1 large green bell pepper, diced*
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Cup ketchup
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup molasses

Combine all ingredients and put into 2 round casserole dishes sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover and bake at 325' for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Undercover for last 30 minutes. These will thicken over time too.

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7 Lovely Comments:

Jamie Cooks It Up! said...

This looks great. I've never nailed down a good coleslaw recipe, so thanks for posting. I'll give it a go!

Grammy Blick said...

Perfect!! Our Senior Saints will be having a game day next week in our Fellowship Hall. Beloved Husband and I were talking about pulled pork -- this will be ideal for our luncheon! Thanks for the help.

Jane said...

Hi Rachelle,
The whole meal looks awesome! I added it to my bookmarked recipes to try! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So Good!!! I tried the pork and coleslaw for a family get together, eveybody loved it. One suggestion; I cooked the pork in root beer in the slow cooker and dumped it out just before it was ready to shred and add the sauce. It just made the pulled pork a little sweeter. Will use this recipe again for sure. Thanks!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe Anonymous. Using root beer to cook the pork in does sound good!

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