Thursday, May 28, 2009

Foodie Friday - Pulled Pork Barbecue

It's time for Foodie Friday hosted by Designs By Gollum - I love to see what everybody's cooking up. I've been doing recipe reviews the past couple of weeks - but every so often I have something too good not to share. I don't know about you, but I had never tried to make barbecue until this week. Somehow it always seemed to be a mysterious process of cooking -- with wood chips and special pits - hours of smoking the meat and heavily guarded secret recipies. I just figured it would be too difficult and time consuming to attempt. Maybe you thought so too -- but I can assure you -- I'll never think that again, and hopefully neither will you.

First I'm going to give you a recipe I found in Southern lady Gracious Tables by Phyllis Hoffman (she's the publisher of "Cooking with Paula Deen" and "Southern Lady" magazines - two that I adore! Then I'll give you my modified version.

1 (2-lb.) boneless pork loin, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
2 cups chicken broth
Bottled hickory smoked barbecue sauce
Dill pickle chips
4 to 6 hamburger buns

1. Cut pork loin in half length-wise; season with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pork loin, browning all sides. Remove pork loin and in the same pan, cook garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Return pork loin to pan; reduce heat to medium low and add chicken broth. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until tender, turning meat every 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes. With two forks, shred meat into bite size pieces.
2. To assemble sandwiches, layer pork, barbecue sauce and pickles on buns, which can be steamed or buttered and toasted first if desired.

Now here's my modified version.

The first thing I did was to break out the crockpot. Not only are they great in the winter and cold weather -- they're great in the summer too, for not heating up the kitchen (and the cook!). Of course, I lined my crockpot with a liner for easy clean up. Then I used a pork tenderloin of about 1 1/2 lbs. I seasoned the tenderloin with salt and pepper and put it in the crockpot with 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth and 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic. Let that cook on low for about 7 hours.

This is the tenderloin right out of the crockpot.

With two forks I shredded the tenderloin.

We like eastern North Carolina style barbecue sauce the best and this is the best I've found. Uncle Yammy's. My husband uses this brand of rib rub for his ribs too.

I've poured on some sauce and chopped the meat somewhat finer. Between pulled and minced.

And here's the finished sandwich with fresh corn on the cob and slaw. Easy and not at all mysterious! I think we'll be having barbecue quite a bit this summer! Now I'm off to see what everybody else is cooking up this week. Be sure to check out Designs By Gollum and find something yummy to put on your table!

See Ya!


  1. I love pork barbecue! I have not seen Uncle Yammy's sauce or rub, but I will look for it! Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. Ahhh--the great barbecue debate :) We just finished the big Memphis in May Barbecue Festival here. Frankly, I like ALL barbecue! Pulled pork and ribs are my favorites!

  3. Yum! And I love anything I can put in a crockpot. You are so right about not heating up the kitchen. I definitely want to try this. laurie

  4. Yum, yum. We make a pulled pork like this:
    Brown the pork roast with virgin oil and garlic
    powder. Drain an excess oil and put in one bottle of kraft cocktail sauce and one bottle of one-hundred percet maple syrup. Bake in crock pot until it falls apart or bake in oven at 275 for about 4 hours. This is very good poured over egg noodles.

  5. Martha...that is how I fix mine too.... and it is so easy... and everyone loves it! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

  6. This looks so good. I wish we could get the sauce here. I'll have to keep my eyes open. Have a good day and a wonderful weekend.

  7. I have done it this way too when I need something cooking while I am out. I add just a little liquid smoke to the slow cooker ingredients. It really gives it a little extra real barbecue zing.

  8. Uncle Yammy's ? I've never seen that here.
    I love pulled pork and yours looks wonderful!

  9. Sounds and looks wonderful!...Christine

  10. Yet another really yummy looking recipe. I love to use my crock pot in the summer too!!!

  11. Martha,

    Thank you so much for your visit! I must say... My Mom was an incredible woman and I miss her like crazy. We ( My family) are blessed to have been there with her until the very end.

    As you know... Alzheimer's is a horrible disease! It is rough on our loved ones and equally as rough on us!

    Thank you for your concern!

    Donna Marie

  12. that sounds yummy and I LOVE your little houses by your stove! so cute!

  13. I just made BBQ pork in my crock pot too. Don't you like how moist and tender the slow cooking makes the meat. I'm going to keep an eye out for that sauce.

    Sweet wishes,

  14. I am so hungry right now from looking at that delicious bbq. I guess pulled pork and ribs are my favorite food....and I am from the south....I have never seen Uncle Yammy's sauce...but would love to try some. I found a sauce from a guy in Wilmington, NC a BBQ cookoff that was called Knuckle Knawin' Sauce...and it was. I could have eaten it with just bread! Lord it was heaven in a jar. I watched the big contest for the best bbq in the nation and was stunned when New York won....come on...we all know bbqing is a southern thing. Thanks for the words of encouragement about my dad! I wish you the same. My prayers are with you and your dad too!

  15. I make my pulled pork with a pork butt. I use the Neeley's recipe for BBQ Dry Rub and BBQ Sauce. I bake and then pull apart and finish in the crock pot with the sauce. Your recipe sounds very good also. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Oooooooo! That lookjs good! I am going to have to search for UNcle Yammy's I am a BBQ sauce conoseur-love it, so will have to try! Thanks Martha! And thanks sweet friend-for being one_ and stopping by Bloggeritaville. I look forward to your visits.

  17. Oh this is my favorite...BBQ!!!
    This looks yummy and doable! Thanks for the recipe.
    All Things Heart and Home

  18. Oh man you just made me soooo hungry! I love crockpot dishes that aren't hard to do. And I have to try those liners...that would make clean up a breeze!

  19. Man! I love me some bar b que! I would love to have just one bite! But alas, I'm sure it's all gone!
    Oh, Martha, I would love to have you for my neighbor. Honey, just come on down!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  20. Hi Martha...thank you for this quick & easy idea I'm going to use while we are in Colorado. It can cook while we are out & about. made me giggle about the dog on my header photo...that isn't my dog...just a fun picture from the web...we have 3 Pomeranians who would have devoured those muffins too!
    ;-) Bo

  21. Your Pulled Pork sounds wonderful and I just love your rose table setting. You are so talented