We are a pork household. We love pork and all enjoy cooking it as well. Our smoker has seen better days so I had to try my hand at fixing a pork butt in the oven.
That is how it turned out. A 7 pound butt cooked for 5 hours at 200 degrees covered in tin foil and then for 2 hours at 350 with the foil removed. I covered it with some homemade rub. The seasoning was excellent. We honestly missed a little bit of the smoky flavor that we get when we do a traditional butt in our smoker but overall excellent flavor and this just proves that you can cook a piece of meat as long as you have some heat and the time.
My husband then made these amazing pulled pork sandwiches.
Layer pork, BBQ sauce, a fried egg and some pimento cheese. Trust me the flavor is out of this world!
So this 4th holiday was full of good food as always!
Yes that is six racks of ribs and two full chubs of balogna. We shared with friends, family and the Nashville Rescue Mission. It was so delicious.
And of course there were some fireworks:
Thank you to the city of Hendersonville for an amazing show.
And lastly we did some moving. So apparently we thought it would be smart to celebrate Independence Day by giving up the solo life. We moved into my amazing fiance’s home me my boy and even my sweet kitty!
And we finished off an amazing weekend by celebrating our mothers birthdays. Yes my mom and my fiance’s mom share a birthday and it’s always so fun to have the whole family together. I’ve been on the verge of happy tears all weekend. I’m such a blessed gal!
Happy Independence Day to all!
My amazing boyfriend cooks for me, he cooks for me all the time and pretty much anything I ask for. One of my absolute favorite foods is Ribs and well my guy loves BBQ more than he loves some of his family members, so I picked his brain and am bringing you his many years of trial and error…minus the error.
The first thing you should know is that you DON’T have to have a fancy smoker like he does in order to cook tender BBQ. People claim you need hickory smoke, or coals, or other items to have “real” BBQ, but a source of heat is a source of heat! You can set your oven to 230 degrees (Fahrenheit) and those ribs won’t be any the wiser. When cooking in the oven, you will lose some of the smokey taste, but a good dry rub and sauce will make up for it nicely. We have a pretty decent collection of rubs and one of those is my man’s personal recipe!
Not many women can look at their husband/boyfriend and say “I want some BBQ” and have him respond with a smile, “I’ll fire up the smoker.” Well this girl is that lucky!! And I am definitely appreciative. My amazing boyfriend will cook, grill or smoke just about anything I ask him to. So this weekend, I asked him for pulled pork BBQ. As he takes care of the meat, I try to make sure that I take care of the sides and extras for our meal. I wanted to try something different so I took a suggestion from one of my fave blogs Cooking for Keeps http://www.cookingforkeeps.com/2015/03/16/slow-cooker-bourbon-brown-sugar-pulled-chicken-sandwiches-with-bacon-and-brussels-sprout-corn-slaw/and made my own twist to her Corn Slaw. Neither of my boys are big fans of slaw but if it includes BBQ sauce and pork they are usually up for it. So this is what I came up with. I was quite pleased with how it turned out and I think the boys were as well. I’m going to keep working with this recipe.
On another note, the BBQ sauces were both a first try for me, and I have to say I enjoyed Cattlemen’s. Both of the sauces pictured here were included with our meal and we all enjoyed them. Will definitely be trying them again. I used the Gold Sauce with my slaw and then used the regular sauce on top of the whole sandwich. So so good!
We served our pulled pork on wheat buns topped with cole slaw and some extra sauce. For sides we had baked beans and mashed potatoes. Super simple and wonderful meal. I might get my man to share some of his smoking secrets in a future post! But for now, here’s the slaw recipe!
BBQ Corn Coleslaw
1 package premade cole slaw (or mix of your choice)
1 can of yellow corn
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup – 1 cup BBQ sauce of choice
Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight. This can be used as a basic side or this can be used as a topping for your favorite BBQ pork sandwich. The corn adds a nice sweetness that was really exciting in the slaw and the BBQ sauce made up the tang that is needed for a good slaw. I hope you will give it a try!
Until next time Familia,