Monday, April 23, 2012

Pineapple Pulled Pork Sammiches (pressure cooker)

We LOVE the mango pulled pork and I was out of the mango so I decided to try something new, with what I had on hand.  Those of you who have made my recipes know, I don't follow recipes and I don't I am giving you what I used and about how much I eyed it up to be. 

My family LOVED it!  Its our new fav way to eat pulled pork.  Go ahead and make it your own...change up the ingredients or amount of ingredients and enjoy.  ♥

It's amazing what you can do with the staples in your kitchen when you are making a favorite recipe and realize you don't have everything you need.  

What could be better than 10 mins prep time for a meal that tastes like you cooked all day. 

Toss the following into the pressure cooker

1 C ketchup
1/3 C Cider Vinegar
1/2 C packed brown sugar (more or less I am a sugar junkie)
handful of paprika
1 T red pepper flakes (this did not make it spicy so if you want some kick, add more)
4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 T dried minced garlic
1 twenty ounce can pineapple (cubed or crushed, whatever you like) see update at bottom of page
1 cup pineapple juice or pineapple nectar
1/2 cup molasses
3 lb pork butt (shoulder)  Any size is good. Mine was frozen, that's the magic of the pressure cooker

Roll it over in the sauce, and shut the lid

Cook for 75 mins (probably would be done in 60 but I wasn't playing around.
Pull apart with a fork...this will far apart with no effort.

I think this is my new favorite barbq sauce.  I am definitely going to use this on chicken on the grill too.

Update:  I no longer used canned products..we buy pineapple every week in this house for an on demand homemade fruit salad, so I just toss in a cup or two of fresh pineapple cubes and hit the vitamix button on.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Meal Planning

Well my kids are asleep yet and its nearly noon, and I want to plan our meals for the week. I need to paint a chalkboard inside one of my cabinets so they can write in it foods they want so I know when I am making my list. I can't wait around, so I guess I won't get much input from them for the week..luckily they aren't picky eaters and will eat just about anything, but I was hoping for some ideas.

I love for meal planning because its also a smartphone app. So my calendar, shopping list etc is always with me and I can also set up reminders to be texted to my family for things like Dr appointments, family meals (we have to have some mandatory meals together or we'd never sit down together).  The kids get a little bit annoyed with the texts they get, but whatever.  I am the  mom!

You can type it up on your phone or online on on your acct and it will synch to your you shop, you can check off what you bought and you can have multiple lists...Grocery, Sams, BJ's, Home Depot, Target...and keep a running list for that time you stop in and say..I know I needed something here.
There are also to do lists. Best of all...IT"S FREE!!!  I don't get pop up ads or anything annoying either.