Sunday, September 4, 2011

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork





Pulled Pork Sandwich with yellow plums (my favorite)



I found a crock pot at a thrift shop for five bucks and wanted to break it in.





I went to Allrecipes.com and perused the “Slow Cooker” section and spied something that looked interesting. There was a recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Pork , and it was made with root beer.

There were four ingredients, including the buns. I can totally do this.

I was a little nervous about the pork thing. I have never purchased pork so I didn’t really know what to expect.

I went to the store and searched the pork section for something resembling a pork tenderloin.

The names on the packages were slightly different than what the recipe indicated, and I was hesitant to grab what might be the wrong thing. After all, this was a recipe for pulled pork, whatever that is, and I didn’t know if you could pull just any pork. Or beef. Or chicken, for that matter.

I began interrogating unsuspecting shoppers about pork, and they, for the most part tried to ignore me. I managed to wear one lady down, and she let me know which product would work for this recipe. Before she could summon the security guard, I rushed over to the soda aisle.

I chose Hires Root beer for two reasons. One, it is quite delicious. And two, a hundred years or so ago, I did a commercial for Hires (titled: “Sitting at the Dock of the Bay”) that played nonstop, and they were very generous with me. I would like to take this opportunity to say, once again, thank you so very much Hires. You paid for lots of fun clothes and sparkly jewelry.

For some reason, I thought I had a bottle of bbq sauce at home. I did not. Grrrrr.

That's okay, I made some with a super simple and yummy recipe. I’ll post that later.

UPDATE:  I uploaded the recipe for my fabuloso bbq sauce.





All I had to do for the pulled pork recipe was throw the pork and root bear in the crock pot for 6 ½ hours. Drain, pull the pork apart, and stir in bbq sauce. It was so gooooood!


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

(printable recipe)

Ingredients:

1 (2 lb.) boneless pork sirloin roast
1 (12 oz.) can root beer
1 (18 oz.) bottle barbecue sauce
***If eating the pork low carb style (no bread) just use 9 oz. of barbecue sauce.
8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted

***The crock pot I used is a bit small (3 1/2 qt.), so you don't need a big one if you don't have one.

Directions:





Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours. Note: the actual length of time may vary according to individual slow cooker. Drain well. Stir in barbecue sauce. Serve over hamburger buns.

From Allrecipes.com



I tried it on a bun, and that was delicious.

I also tried a low carb version by just using the meat and adding a little salad.





Eating the pulled pork this way requires half the amount of sauce, since the bread won’t be soaking it all up.

The pork was so good, I didn't miss the bread.

Strawberry Milk Boba




(I told my sweetheart that I was going to use a jar for a glass. He was astonished and asked me why I don't just drink out of the carton. Hilarious. Clearly, he's not a southern boy.)



I got the idea to try Strawberry Milk Boba from reading an article on How to Do Stuff by Ginny Morris.

I usually drink Mocha Boba, but Strawberry Milk Boba sounded pretty fantastic.

I love boba. I love strawberries. I had to try it.

But first I wanted to do some research on the subject. I recalled a man telling me that you can learn anything on You Tube. He began his career as a balloon twister after watching You Tube videos on the subject. That was good enough for me. I went to this trusted source for information and began my journey into the world of boba. After a few videos, I felt pretty confident that I could tackle this job.

I went to the International Grocery in Carbondale, Il. It’s a magical place with delectables from around the world. But I was focused on boba. And hummus. And Thai Tea. Okay, I wasn’t focused at all, but I did remember to grab some dried boba.






The guy that was running the store told me that some people use the packaged Thai Tea mixes with boba. Hmmmmmm. *try this another day*

Asian stores are a good place to look for boba. You can also find it on Amazon.com. The WuFuYuan brand boba is available there. I really liked that this brand cooked up so quickly, but there are other brands available too.

I read countless recipes for boba and many of them say that boba can be stored in the sugar syrup for about a week. I‘m pretty sure that this is baloney. I tried it and the boba balls lost their chewiness after one day. They became hard and good for not much more than flicking at people.

I tried everything. I refrigerated the boba. I left it at room temperature. I even tried microwaving the boba to soften it up. The microwave worked a bit, but not very well. So, I will be making fresh boba, as needed.

I don’t mind making fresh boba. It’s easy to make. And the Strawberry Milk Boba was super delicious, so it is worth the effort!


STRAWBERRY MILK BOBA

(PRINTABLE RECIPE)

To create Strawberry Milk Boba, we’ll make:
-Simple Syrup
-Boba
-Strawberry Milk
And you’ll need a boba straw! Available super cheap on Amazon.com.

Simple Syrup for Boba
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar (I used light brown)
½ cup water

Boil. Let cool a bit.


Boba
1/3 cup dried boba
4-10 cups water
*water needed depends on the cooking time for the boba




Cook boba as directed on the package. I used WuFuYuan boba, which only boils for about 5 minutes. Some boba needs to be cooked for up to 45 minutes, but the package directions will indicate the cooking time. The cooked boba will float. They are chewy when done.

Strain.





Rinse in cool water. Toss boba in the syrup.





Strawberry Milk
8 Strawberries
½ cup milk
¼ cup half & half
1 tablespoon syrup
1 cup ice

Blend well in a blender.





Assembly…

Pour Strawberry Milk in a glass. Scoop boba out of the syrup and spoon into the glass with the Strawberry Milk. Don’t pour in the extra syrup; it just keeps the boba from sticking while you blend your drink, and adds a little flavor.

Add the boba straw and enjoy!