Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pork Butt Two Ways - Recipe

Now that I am not working and looking for work, I have way too much time on my hands. That is sort of a good thing because now I can focus a little more on my passion for cooking. By no means am I an expert but I make some pretty damn good food.

I am also trying to cut my grocery bill down to save a little money. So at the grocery store the other day, I saw a pork butt and a little light went off in my head. I wondered if I could get two meals from one piece of meat.

When I got home, I already had two meals in mind: Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Pork Tacos. Yummo!

This is how I made my Pork Butt. I could have easily put it in the slow cooker. Although I am a huge fan of slow cookers especially when I have no time, I prefer to roast my meat in the oven if I have the time.

So I took my pork and cut slits in the meat and added a clove a garlic into the slits. Then I took a pre-made dried rub and made sure to slather it all over the pork. You can easily make your own but I have a lot of dry rub in the house so I am trying to use it up.

Then I roasted the meat in a 300 degree oven for about 6 hours! OMG, the house smelled heavenly. And the roast got all tender and delicious. I then took the pork out of the oven and let it cool a little before I pulled it apart. I divided it into two parts.

For my pulled pork sandwiches, I took the pork and put it into a pot with some beer and Stubbs BBQ sauce. I then let it simmer for an hour so all the flavor would get into the pork.

I then took some broccoli slaw mix from the grocery store and added some creamy buttermilk dressing to make a coleslaw. I love using the broccoli slaw than cabbage. Plus, it holds up better and it is really tasty.

That was it. Once the pork was done, I put it on a bun and added some slaw on top and viola, dinner. I served it with some sweet potato fries. Hubby loved it.

For the other dinner, I decided to make pork tacos. I took the pork and put it in a pan with some minced onion and some green chile powder for a little kick. I have tons of green chile powder that I had gotten in Santa Fe when we lived there. Luckily, it does not go bad.

Then I made a fresh guacamole with avocados, fresh cilantro, lemon juice, tomatoes and other spices. I cannot give away all my secrets! Hello. Then I served the pork on a corn tortilla with guacamole. OMG, deliciousness!! There is nothing like fresh tacos. I only wish I had made the tortillas myself but I am too lazy for that.

So there you have it, willy-nilly cooking at its best. You get some delicious food and save money! I am going to try and see what other foods I can stretch to make tasty meals.

Buen Provecho!

1 comment:

  1. Now you've called me "Pork Butt" a bunch of times, made me hungry, and made me want to cry with your freshly fried corn tortillas.

    Those things are my one weakness! ;)