I’ve figured something out about myself recently.
Documentaries about food should not be allowed for my viewing pleasure.
My husband can attest to this fact. In fact, I believe he is ready to put a “parental block” on said documentaries.
There is a strong possibility that I become very passionate and maaaaybe have the tendency to go to extremes…
Okay, so I watched yet another documentary…
… called Veguated.
This documentary came out in 2009 and follows 2 meat and cheese- loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks in an effort to get healthier.
It was inspiring.
Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty fervent about this; about incorporating veganism into my cooking/household. I know it’s going to be hard, but I think I can do it.
Number one: My husband LOVES meat and cheese.
Number two: I just went grocery shopping two days ago and bought lots of meat and cheese.
My vegan ways will have to wait until my next grocery shopping trip.
Say what you like, but I for one cannot understand letting that much food go to waste (or all that money spent!)
So, I will be posting several meat-lovers recipes…then slowly incorporating some yummy vegan dishes!!
That said, one of the meat purchases I made while grocery shopping was a giant pork loin! This pork loin will last us several meals, so I cut it in half and refrigerated the other portion.
I love, love, love this recipe for pulled pork! It’s so simple, yet tastes like hours were spent in the kitchen!
Because I like a challenge (and apparently I feel as if I don’t have enough to keep me occupied (NOT TRUE)) and for health benefits, I decided to make my own BBQ Sauce! Again, I LOVE this BBQ recipe. It tastes so fresh, but definitely has that BBQ taste…not a “wanna be” BBQ sauce. Very sweet yet very tangy.
Also, as you know I am making all my own breads, so I decided to try out a new recipe tonight for Hoagie Buns/Bread!!
My son’s FIRST birthday is next week and I have these grand ambitions to home-make everything…and these Hoagie Buns were on the list so I figured I better try them out first before I make them at the last minute. These were a little work intensive, but SO worth it!! They baked perfectly and taste out of this world!!! You can really tell the difference between store bought and homemade!! I will DEFINITELY be making these babies again, however the jury is still out on if I can make them for my son’s party (it just takes so long and I have to make 75 of them!!!)!!!
Anyways….onto the recipes!!
Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
2 ½ pounds pork shoulder or pork loin (I prefer loin)
1 small onion (sliced thin)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
½ to 1 cup chicken broth (I prefer Swanson’s low sodium)
BBQ Sauce (I use homemade, however you could use store bought as well)
Place sliced onion on bottom of Crock Pot. Cut pork loin into smaller sections to cook more evenly and to fit into Crock Pot, place inside. Rub brown sugar, salt, pepper onto pork. Pour chicken broth over pork loin. Place lid on top and set to low for about 5-6 hours. About 20 minutes before you are ready to serve, take pork out and shred it with 2 forks into bite size pieces. Put back into Crock Pot and pour BBQ Sauce in and incorporate into meat.
Homemade BBQ Sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 bottle ketchup
1 cup apple cider
½ cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard
salt to taste
pepper to taste
In a saucepan, heat onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin, and oil. Stir until onion and garlic are softened. Stir in rest of ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 20 more minutes. Makes about 2 pint sized jars; recipe can be doubled and canned.
Homemade (non bread machine) Hoagie Buns
Mix and set aside.
½ cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp yeast
Mix the following together in a stand mixer:
1 Tbsp Olive oil
3 Tbsp. Sugar
2 tsp salt
2 cups HOT tap water
Add yeast mixture to above ingredients, mix well.
Add 2 cups unbleached white flour. (this will be lumpy).
Add 3-4 more cups unbleached white flour until you have soft dough…it should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff (I add in 3 cups of flour and then add in more flour in 1/4 cup intervals until you have a nice soft dough)
Shape into a ball and place in a greased bowl and let rise for one hour.
Punch down every 20 minutes.
Punch down and then divide into 12 pieces for Hoagie Buns
Roll into rectangles and then roll into mini loaves and tuck ends under.
Put loaves on greased cookie sheet and let raise for 30 more minutes.
Slash top of each loaf with and brush with beaten egg white.
Bake at 350* until golden brown (about 30 minutes).
“I don’t think there is a better feeling in the world than to tackle making yummy things and to know that you made something delicious for your family to eat, with your own two hands out of basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, salt ,water, oil and yeast”
Recipe adapted from Find Joy In The Journey