October 06, 2014

SLOW ROASTED BBQ PORK

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This fork tender slow roasted barbecue pork is great with potatoes or shredded and served as a sandwich.

Slow Roasted BBQ Pork

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Have you ever had bizarre or eerie incidences happen to you? Well, I have had a few. The most recent one occurred last week.  Please bear with me while I share a story then check out this awesome pork roast recipe!

A toddler in my daycare arrived one particular morning wearing a little 3-piece ensemble—navy leggings, a navy baby doll style top with white poker dots, and a short navy skirt. The busy morning went by with activities, feeding, and multiple diapering. Later, as the children played, I realized that the toddler was missing her skirt. She must have pulled it off without me noticing. So, I searched and searched with no success. Then I started to think that perhaps I was losing my mind, and maybe the little girl had a skirt on earlier in the week and that I had my days mixed up. As the day passed, no skirt appeared so I began to believe that she had not worn one that day.

At pickup time, Mom arrived and asked about the skirt! Dang it all!! I told her the story and assured her and that I would find it. That night, for almost 2 hours, I spent looking for that darn skirt! I checked, double checked, triple checked every corner and crevice in the house to no avail. Mind you, the children are restricted to only certain areas of the house, so the possibility of the skirt being placed elsewhere by any of them was next to zero. When I say I checked everywhere, I meant EVERYWHERE—behind a 200 pound wooden toy box that was flushed against the wall, the underside of the dining room table and chairs, underneath the table cover, under base boards, in every opening and hole of every toy, you name it. I even dawned on gloves and went through the garbage…twice! I even checked underneath and behind a couch ten feet from the 13-month old's playpen where she napped in case there was a remote possibility that she might have hurled her skirt across the room to be stopped only by a wall where it slid down beneath the couch. Needless to say, I was desperate and thinking irrationally at that point. I had even backtracked to every area I was in during that day…still nothing! My husband, also baffled by the situation, had joined in on the search.

Slow Roasted BBQ Pork

Throughout the process I thought, OMG!! Where could that thing be? This is so bizarre! How could it disappear without a trace? In my mind, there was only one explanation—something supernatural was happening. Some THING took it!!! Shudder!!!! I felt as if I was living in the Twilight Zone. My husband, I suspected, felt the same way.

To wrap this up, I contacted the girl's mother that night to inform her of my failed attempt to find the skirt. To much relief, she called the next morning to announce that the mystery was solved! The toddler’s father had undressed the little girl the previous night and did not notice any skirt. Despite that, the mom searched the hamper in the morning and found the skirt hiked up inside the toddler's shirt! It must have ridden up so high up her chest that it was no longer visible and it blended so well that no one realized it was there!! 

Whew! The mystery was solved! I don't have to sleep with one eye open after all!! For a while, it felt quite surreal and freaky. I’m glad it ended with a clear cut explanation…unlike the other bizarre experiences I have had that still remain mysteries today. That’s another story for another time…

Slow Roasted BBQ Pork

Let’s talk food. The last time I went grocery shopping, I picked up a small pork butt with a plan to slow roast it in a dry rub. Days went by and I had not cooked it. Since there were no other meat options to use that day, I decided I had to cook the pork. I ruled out doing a dry rub as I like to let it sit overnight for all the flavors to seep through. Then I thought about doing a marinade with pineapple and molasses as the main flavoring. Well, the canned pineapple and molasses I thought I had no longer existed. It was on to plan C. I checked the pantry, dumped out several jarred sauces that had expired and decided to use bottled barbecue sauce as the marinade. After adding some soy sauce, garlic, cayenne, black pepper, and beef broth, I was good to go! To accelerate the marinating process, I punctured numerous slits in the pork to allow the sauce to penetrate quickly. After a few hours in the fridge, the pork was slow roasted till fork tender. It was a success, Everyone loved it!

Slow Roasted BBQ Pork

The pork cooks at a low temperature of 275 degrees F˚ for about 4 hours for a 4 pound roast, but it is really worth the wait. The long cooking time allows the meat to break down and become fork tender. Of course the slow cooker is always an option, but I prefer the result of an oven baked roast. I like this recipe because the pork could be prepped and cooked the same day. Marinade it as long as you can—I try to get at least 4 hours in. Overnight is optimal, but work within the time frame that you have. It will come out just fine. One tip I would like to give is to massage the marinade into the meat prior to chilling (you will have punctured it with numerous holes) to work it into the pork. I like to bake it in a covered dutch oven but a foil covered roasting pan is another great option.

Slow Roasted BBQ Pork


SLOW ROASTED BBQ PORK




INGREDIENTS:

18 oz. bottle Hickory and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 lb. pork butt 
1 jumbo size zip lock plastic bag



INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all of the wet ingredients into a medium bowl. Add garlic, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Whisk well and set aside. 

Using a small sharp knife, puncture 1” deep holes that are 2” apart throughout the pork. Place in the plastic bag. Pour in the marinade. Seal bag tight and massage the pork, working the marinade into the slits you have made. Refrigerate pork for 4 hours to overnight. 

Preheat oven to 275˚ F. Place pork (discard marinade) in a prepared Dutch oven or roasting pan and bake, covered, for about 4 hours or until meat is falling apart. As a guide, bake 1 hour for every 1 pound of meat. Remove from the oven and allow to rest 15 minutes. Remove pork and use forks or a tong to break pork into chunks.  Skim the fat off the top of the juices in the pan and drizzle over pork. Makes 6 servings.

Serving ideas:  Serve with roasted, mashed or baked potatoes, and a side of veggies, or shred and serve as a sandwich. 

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16 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious–the marinade sounds wonderful!

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  2. This looks divine and something easy to make on a Saturday. I'm trying it! It's beautifully photographed, thanks for sharing. Coming to you from #FoodieFridays. Pinning!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you do try it. It really comes out of the oven looking like the picture!

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  3. That is one of the most delicious pork roasts I have ever seen! Pork roast does well int he crock, but you can't beat the flavor from roasting in the oven. Can't wait to try this!

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    1. Thank you!! That's so nice! Sometimes flying by the seat of your pants gets some good results! The pork literally comes out of the oven looking like this. I hope you try it!

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  4. Gorgeous! My family would go crazy for this! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wedesday!

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  5. So glad the mysterious missing skirt was found! I can only imagine the panic you felt as you were searching for it.
    This slow roasted pork looks amazing. I love that you cooked it in the oven and not a crock pot. Pinned!

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    1. It was certainly a big weight off my shoulders!, and I was also relieved that there wasn't a ghost in the house! Thanks for stopping by Jen!

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  6. Your Slow Roasted BBQ Pork looks wonderful, we will just love it. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous day!
    Hope to see you soon,
    Miz Helen

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  7. Oh, I am so glad I am not the only one who buys meat and puts off cooking it for days -- and then throws outdated pantry items away while I am searching for the magic ingredients for beyond Plan C!! I can so relate! :-)

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    1. I will say that it's such a good feeling when those impromptu dishes come out well. Don't you agree? Thanks so much for stopping by Charlene!

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  8. Hey Thao! I went to TastyKitchen and saw this right on the front page-- Looks AMAZINGG, it caught my eye right away and then I said "wait! That's Thao's recipe!" ... I had to stop by :) It really looks scrumptious, what a great fall recipe & beautiful picture!

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie!! I'm glad you stopped by! I hadn't seen it and jumped over to TK to take a look after I saw your message. My husband loves it and has been asking me to make it every time I say we're having pork for dinner.

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