Tags: Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries, Baking, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Fries, Jack Daniel's Honey Smokehouse BBQ Sauce, Pork, recipes, Sandwiches, Slow cooker, Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast
Today’s Menu: BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries
For Breakfast I had a bowl of Kroger Brand Bran Flakes and the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I did some light house cleaning and then cleaned around the house outside. Everything done I had to go to the bank and back home. At noon I met some friends at the local B – W 3’s for lunch. I met up with my good friend who had the brain surgery earlier this year. He’s still struggling to get the everyday functions going but he’s alive and still trying! Once a week his daughters take him out to eat and they called me up and wanted me to join them. Had a great time with all, so good seeing my buddy out! Back at home settled in for an afternoon of College Football. For dinner I wanted a hot meal that was easy to prepare so I went with BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries.
A couple of days ago I tried the Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast , which was so good! Yesterday while at Kroger I picked up a couple more of these Roasts. I put one of them in the freezer and kept one out for tonight’s dinner, with plenty leftover for sandwiches for Lunch.
For the BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwiches I’ll be using Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast again! And preparing it one of my favorite ways, the Slow Cooker. It’s a super easy recipe to make. Start by lining my Slow Cooker with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner. Using the liner makes for little or no clean up. Next, removing meat from package. Place the Roast in slow cooker with 1 inch of water in bottom. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until fork tender. Then remove from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly. Next shred the meat with two forks, or a pair of Bear Claws which is what I used, in a large bowl and add the BBQ Sauce. You can add the BBQ Sauce now like I did or you can add the Sauce on to your Sandwich instead. I used Jack Daniel’s Honey SmokeHouse BBQ Sauce, you can always use your favorite. I served the sandwich on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Sandwich Bun The Pork comes out incredible! As the other Swift Premium product it came out moist, juicy, and delicious! These products are so easy to prepare and top quality. Another great product to have handy in the frig or freezer. And a special shout out to who ever invented the plastic Crockpot/Slow Cooker Liners! These make the cleanup so easy.
To go with the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. I seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 18 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Shoestring Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.
Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast
1 – Remove meat from package.
2 – Place in slow cooker with 1 inch of water in bottom.
3 – Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until fork tender. Increase cooking time to 6 hours if cooking from frozen.
4 – Remove from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly.
5 – Shred meat with two forks.
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 – Remove meat from package.
3 – Place pan on stove top, add two tablespoons of oil and heat pot briefly on medium-high heat.
4 – When oil is hot, brown the roast on all sides.
5 – Place roast in oven safe dish with 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook for 4 hours.
6 – Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
7 – Shred meat with two forks.
*Slow cooker and oven temperatures may vary, adjust cooking times accordingly.
Seasoning Ingredients: Sugar, salt, dehydrated onion & garlic, spices, yeast extract, lime juice powder (corn syrup solids, lime juice solids, natural flavor), natural flavors including smoke (contains modified food starch), maltodextrin and citric acid.
Serving Size: 4 oz Amount Per Serving Calories 160 Calories from Fat 70 % Daily Value*Total Fat 8g 12% Saturated Fat 2g 10%Trans Fat 0gCholesterol 50mg 17%Sodium 330mg 14%Total Carbohydrate 2g1% Dietary Fiber 0g0% Sugars 1gProtein 22g 44%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries
Lightly seasoned with sea salt, these Julienne Fries make your everyday French fry wonder where it went wrong.
Ingredients: Organic Potatoes, Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.
Serving Size 3 oz (84 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories from Fat 36
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 8%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Tags: Baking, Cooking, Cooking Temperatures, Cooking Tips, Food, Grilling Recipes, Kitchen Hints, Pork
Here’s a helpful Hint from the Pork Be Inspired website (http://www.porkbeinspired.com/). Here’s another Hint, they have a bundle of delicious Pork Inspired Recipes!……
Because pork can often be overcooked, checking the internal temperature often will help prevent dry pork. Cook pork until the internal temperature reaches between 145° and 160° F, followed by a three-minute rest time, and is a little pink inside. A digital, instant-read thermometer is a low-cost, must-have for every kitchen. When inserted into the thickest part of the meat (without touching any bone), the temperature should register within a few seconds. Instant-read thermometers are not meant to be left in the meat during cooking. If you wish to invest a bit more, continuous-read digital thermometers are another option. Designed to be left in the meat during the entire duration of cooking, they often include a probe that is placed in the meat. The probe is connected via cord to the thermometer unit, which can be placed on a countertop near the stove.
Tags: Baby Red Potatoes, Cast Iron Skillet, Del Monte Cut Green Beans, Pork, Ribs, Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Kansas City Style BBQ Pork Loin Boneless Backribs
Today’s Menu: BBQ Pork Loin Boneless Backribs w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Cut Green Beans
For Breakfast this morning I prepared a 2 Egg Cheese Omelet (using Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar), 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, 2 toasted slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread (lightly buttered), and my usual morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Love a good Breakfast! Gave Mom a hand with a couple of loads of laundry and then went to the bank for her and stopped by Kroger. Back home cleaned up around the outside. It’s a sunny day out with a high around 84 degrees with the humidity. Ran the vacuum and dusted, everything done for the day! For dinner tonight I prepared a BBQ Pork Loin Boneless Backribs w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.
I had a Dinner all planned out but I needed Mushrooms. So after Breakfast I had went to Kroger for 1 Item, Mushrooms. If you are like me, you can never go to the store and leave with just that 1 Item! So I got the Mushrooms and then some Potatoes, Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and some Alexia French Fries. Then I stopped by the Meat and Seafood Department and came across a new item, and my Dinner Menu has just changed! I came across a package of Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Kansas City Style BBQ Pork Loin Boneless Backribs. These looked too good to pass up so I grabbed a package of it and a package of the Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast, the Roast is for later this week and the Ribs tonight! The Pork Loin Boneless Backribs are just over 1 lb. and already Rubbed and Seasoned.
I chose the Baking Method to prepare it. I preheated the oven on 350°F. Removed the meat from package and placed cut side up in an uncovered roasting pan. The instructions said to cook approximately 40 to 45 minutes or until internal the temperature on a meat thermometer reaches 145°F in the thickest part of the meat. It took about the full 45 minutes to reach the 145°F. Removed from oven and let rest 3 minutes. Then carve and serve. Lean, moist, and seasoned perfectly! Just an excellent flavor and very tender. We have a new keeper item!
So to go with the Ribs I prepared some Roasted Baby Red Potatoes. Preheated the oven on 400 degrees. Next, I washed and scrubbed the Potatoes off. To prepare them I needed; 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon minced fresh or Dried Rosemary, 1 tablespoon Dried Thyme, 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, and 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper. I start by heating up a Cast Iron Skillet on medium heat and as that’s heating up I cut the Baby Red Potatoes in half. Combined all ingredients in a large bowl and added the Potatoes. Toss to coat Potatoes and added them to the Skillet. Fry them about 4-5 minutes and transfer the Skillet to the oven, for about 15 – 20 minutes until they are fork tender. This is why I love using Cast Iron Skillets, from the stove to the oven, and then an easy clean up.
I also heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans along with a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread (Lightly Buttered). Had a Diet Peach Snapple to drink. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Devine Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bar, only 80 calories and 12 net carbs per bar.
Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Kansas City Style BBQ Pork Loin Boneless Backribs
1 – Pre-heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat.
2 – Remove meat from package and place on grill, cut side up.
3 – Grill for 20 minutes, turning 2 to 3 times until internal temperature reaches 145°F in the thickest part of the meat.
4 – Remove from grill and let rest in covered pan for 3 minutes.
5 – Carve and serve.
For the Oven:
1 – Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 – Remove meat from package and place cut side up in an uncovered roasting pan.
3 – Cook approximately 40 to 45 minutes or until internal temperature on a meat thermometer reaches 145°F in the thickest part of the meat.
4 – Remove from oven and let rest 3 minutes.
5 – Carve and serve.
*Grill and oven temperatures may vary, adjust cooking time accordingly.
Serving Size: 4 oz Amount Per Serving Calories 210 Calories from Fat 120 % Daily Value*Total Fat 13g 20% Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%Trans Fat 0gCholesterol 55mg 18%Sodium 470mg 20%Total Carbohydrate 2g1% Dietary Fiber 0g0% Sugars 1gProtein 21g 42%
Tags: Baking, BBQ, Beef, Burgers, Cooking, Cooking Tips, Food, Grilling, Kitchen Hints, Pork, recipes
Don’t poke that meat!…..
Whenever barbecuing, use tongs to turn the meat. A fork should never be used. For it will punch holes in the flesh and allow the natural juices to escape and loose flavor and become chewy.
Tags: Baking, Beef, Burgers, Chicken, Cooking, Cooking Tips, Food, Food safety, Grilling, Kitchen Hints, Pork, recipes, Sausages
A food safety hint when grilling…..
Remember when taking foods off the grill, put them on a clean plate, not the same platter that held raw meat.
Tags: Baking, Cast Iron Skillet, Cooking, Del Monte Cut Green Beans and Potatoes, Dinner, Food, Golden Hominy, Pork, recipes, Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions
Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions w/ Golden Hominy and Cut Green Beans and Potatoes
Spent a restless night last night, allergies and sinuses problems. I’ll be glad when this weather changes. So for Breakfast I toasted a couple Eggo and had the every morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I ran a couple of errands for Mom and stopped by a local drive-thru and picked up some lottery tickets. Don’t play often, about one a month if that. Back at home did a few things around the house and then kicked back for an afternoon of some College Football! For Dinner tonight its Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions w/ Golden Hominy and Cut Green Beans and Potatoes.
I always purchase a package of the Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions when in Costco. They are good size packages with 24 slices. I had a package of 4 Medallions in the freeze. So I got a bag out and let them thaw in the fridge oversight.
I started by preheating the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat on the stove. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Oregano. Added the Pork to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then baked them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork was so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and very moist. I’ll have to buy another package on my next visit to Costco, which should be next month sometime.
For a side dish I opened up a can of one of my favorite side dishes, Kroger Brand Golden Hominy. For those that has never had or heard of Hominy; Hominy is a food made from kernels of corn which are soaked in an alkali solution of either lime or lye. The corrosive nature of the solution removes the hull and germ of the corn and causes the grain itself to puff up to about twice its normal size. There is White and Golden Hominy, my favorite is the Golden Hominy. If you’ve never tried it do, makes a delicious side dish!
Then for another side I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and Potatoes. I really like using the Del Monte Cut Green Beans and New Potatoes, contains 2 of my favorite vegetables (Green Beans and Potatoes). I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For dessert later a Weight watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.
One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.
Tags: Allens Cut Italian Green Beans, Baking, Bob Evan's Mashed Potatoes, Bread Sticks, Cooking, Cumin, Food, Pork, Pork Loin Chops, recipes, Spices
Today’s Menu: Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans
For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of medium-sized Eggs, made some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns, fried a couple of Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links, and a slice of toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. A full size Breakfast for a huge appetite this morning! This way more than I usually have for Breakfast. So after Breakfast I did a load of laundry. As that was going I swept and cleaned outside. I wanted to get that done before it was too humid to do anything! Heat index of about 100 degrees today and the humidity was real bad. Finished up laundry and did some house cleaning. Dusted and vacuumed then straightened up the pantry. Full day today! For Dinner tonight i prepared a Cumin Spiced Pork Loin Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans.
I grabbed a Pork Chop from the freezer, that I had purchased from Meijer, and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.
Then to prepare my Chop I’ll need; The Cumin Spiced Rub which consists of; 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1 tsp Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika, 2 teaspoons Dried Oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper. To prepare it preheat oven to 400°. Combine all the ingredients; rub it all over the pork chop. Let stand 20 minutes. Start by heating the Extra Virgin Olive oil in a Cast Iron Skillet over medium-high heat. Add Chops to pan; cook 3 minutes, browning both sides. From the stove to the oven and bake at 400° for 15 minutes until the thermometer registered 150° (slightly pink), turning after 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Fantastic combo of Spices, which makes one incredible Crust on the Chop with the inside being tender and moist! Love this seasoning on Pork.
Tags: Baking, Beef, Chicago-Style Hot Dog, Cooking, Food, Grilling, Hot Dogs, Mustard, One of America's Favorites, Onions, Pork, recipes, Sausages
A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Dog, or Chicago Red Hot is an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun, originating from the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. The complete assembly of a Chicago hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” due to the many toppings. The method for cooking the hot dog itself varies depending on the vendor’s preference. Most often they are steamed, water-simmered, or less often grilled over charcoal (in which case they are referred to as “char-dogs”).
The canonical recipe does not include ketchup, and there is a widely shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable. A number of Chicago hot dog vendors do not offer ketchup as a condiment.
Many sources attribute the distinctive collection of toppings on a Chicago-style wiener to historic Maxwell Street and the “Depression Sandwich” reportedly originated by Fluky’s in 1929 The founders of Vienna Beef frankfurters—the most common brand served today, first sold at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago—and the proprietors of Fluky’s were both Jewish, which may account for the wieners’ pork-free, kosher-style character.
The “dragged through the garden” style is heavily promoted by Vienna Beef and Red Hot Chicago, the two most prominent Chicago hot dog manufacturers, but exceptions are common, with vendors adding cucumber slices or lettuce, omitting poppyseeds or celery salt, or using plain relish or a skinless hot dog. Several popular hot dog stands serve a simpler version: a steamed natural-casing dog with only mustard, onions, plain relish and sport peppers, wrapped up with hand-cut french fries, while the historic Superdawg drive-ins notably substitute a pickled tomato for fresh. Many vendors, including Portillo’s, offer a Chicago-style dog with cheese sauce, known as a cheese-dog.
Chicago-style hot dogs are cooked in hot water or steamed before adding the toppings. A less common style is cooked on a charcoal grill and referred to as a “char-dog”. Char-dogs are easily identifiable because very often the ends of the dog are sliced in crisscross fashion before cooking, producing a distinctive cervelat-style “curled-x” shape as the dog cooks. Some hot dog stands, such as the Wieners Circle, only serve char-dogs.
The typical beef hot dog weighs 1/8 of a pound or 2 ounces (57 g) and the most traditional type features a natural casing, providing a distinctive “snap” when bitten.
The buns are a high-gluten variety made to hold up to steam warming, typically the S. Rosen’s Mary Ann brand from Alpha Baking Company.
The Chicago area has more hot dog restaurants than McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King restaurants combined. A “hot dog stand” in Chicago may serve many other items, including the Maxwell Street Polish, gyros, pork chop and Italian beef sandwiches, corn dogs, tamales, pizza puffs and Italian ice. The restaurants often have unique names, such as The Wieners Circle, Gene & Jude’s, Gold Coast Dogs or Mustard’s Last Stand; or architectural features, like Superdawg’s two giant rooftop hot dogs (Maurie and Flaurie, named for the husband-and-wife team who own the drive-in). One of the most popular vendors of the Chicago-style dog are Chicago’s professional sports teams; in fact, those sold at Wrigley Field are affectionately known as “Wrigley Dogs”.
Portillo’s is the top vendor of this variation of hot dog regionally. After Portillo’s, Boz Hot Dogs (aka Bozo’s) and Scooby’s Red Hots have the most locations and thus also are top vendors of Chicago Style Red Hots.
Tags: Baking, Beef, Cooking, Cooking Tips, Food, Grilling, Kitchen Hints, Meat, Pork, Poultry, recipes
Don’t overcrowd that skillet…….
Putting too much meat in a pan cools the pan down, due to the lower temperature of the meat and the evaporation of liquid on the surface. Instead of browning the meat oozes out juices and steams rather than browns.
Tags: Baking, BBQ, BBQ Chicken, Beef, Brisket, Cooking, Diabetes, Diabetic Living Online, Food, Grilling, Healthy Barbecue Recipes, Pork, recipes, Ribs, Spices
From the diabetic Living Online website its Healthy Barbecue Recipes. Recipes including; Wine-Braised Beef Brisket, Floribbean Ribs with Black-Eyed Pea and Grilled Pineapple Salsa, and BBQ Chicken Bites. Find them all at the home of Diabetic Friendly recipes, Diabetic Living Online. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
Barbecues are a must when the weather turns warm. Bring the best of our healthy barbecue recipes to potlucks and parties, or simply whip them up for a night at home. From barbecue chicken to barbecue pork, all of these dishes are smokehouse-worthy and diabetes-friendly.
Wine-Braised Beef Brisket
The “low and slow” nature of barbecuing is what sets it apart from other cooking methods. We used a slow cooker for this diabetic brisket recipe to get the effect with less hassle……
Floribbean Ribs with Black-Eyed Pea and Grilled Pineapple Salsa
You can thank the Caribbean’s influence on Florida cuisine for these savory barbecue ribs topped with sweet-and-spicy pureed mango and jalapeno. Serve homemade salsa on the side to complete the low-carb dinner……
BBQ Chicken Bites
Here’s a barbecue chicken recipe that guests will love munching on. We spooned baked chicken and barbecue sauce into miniature pepper halves instead of crackers to cut down on carbs…….
* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Barbecue Recipes