Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Waylon Jennings and Tasty Pull-Pork Sandwiches

Nothing's better than a pull pork sandwich and good music on the patio, especially if you're listening to Waylon Jennings (one of my favorites)!  Tonight we enjoyed a super simple and easy way to make pull pork sandwiches and listened to some good old Waylon!  This is a great pull-pork recipe, because not only is it tasty, but you can literally throw it together in about 20 minutes in the morning before work and the let the crock-pot do the rest!  When you get home, dinner is pretty much done!  So turn on some of your favorite tunes, make yourself a sandwich and relax from your day!

What You Need and How to Throw it all Together:

  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin
  • 1 bottle of Honey Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce (or use any flavor or brand you like)
  • 1 bottle of Heinz 57 Sauce (this makes the pork tangy!)
  • 1 sweet Maui onion, peeled and sliced in rounds
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper
Putting it Together:
  • Set crock-pot on low for 8 hours (don't worry the meat will not be over cooked, it will be slow-cooked)
  • Set tenderloin in pot and add salt, pepper, garlic, onion brown sugar, jam, and both sauces
  • Take a spoon and give it a few good turns so that all the ingredients are mixed in
  • Let cook!
  • Once it is done, you can turn it off low or keep it on warm for about an additional 1/2 hour
  • The pork will be very tender, so all you need to shred it, is pull the tenderloin apart with a fork
  • Serve with Hawaiian Sweet rolls or French rolls (just note these can get a little messy, so I recommend a sturdy roll, like a French roll, but my husband loves the Hawaiian sweet rolls)
This dish goes great with a salad and fresh cut fruit, like watermelon or cantaloupe!  Enjoy this easy dinner and take some left-overs for lunch the next day, yummy!  See below for one of my favorite summer salads!

Golden Raisins Pecan Salad with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 bag of pre-washed spring mix salad 
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1/2 cup of golden rraisins
  • 1/4 cup of pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of Light Smart Balance Butter Spread
  • 1 pack of Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove of crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

Putting it Together:
  • Heat butter in small omelet size pan, once melted add the pecans and turn to a medium to low heat.  Then sprinkle one packet of Splenda over the top and stir, this will lightly toast and caramelize.  Continue to stir on heat for about 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside
  • Empty salad mix into a serving bowl, top with sliced avocado, golden raisins and cooled pecans
  • For dressing add Dijon mustard, garlic, honey, olive oil and red wine vinegar into a mixing bowl and whisk together.  Taste before pouring over salad to see if you would like it more sweet or tangy
  • Just before serving, lightly drizzle over salad and toss together