In the spirit of holiday vacation laziness, today I’m going to share a recipe shortcut I discovered this week, thanks to my friend Natalee.
We were talking about how I had a hankering for pulled pork, hence its appearance on my menu. She said, “Have you tried the already cooked pulled pork from Costco that you add your own sauce to?” (She definitely used better grammar than that.) I said, “No.” She said, “You have to!” So I followed directions and picked it up at Costco the very next day.
I rarely purchase prepared dinner food. This isn’t even that prepared, mind you. I believe the only ingredients are pork, water, and seasonings. ANYWAY…I cooked it per the package instructions and used the sauce from my favorite BBQ Pulled Pork recipe. Gotta say, Natalee was right. The meat is mighty fine with a just-right-smoky, savory flavor that balances very nicely with my semi-sweet, just-right-spicy sauce. Oh, and it was super tender and juicy and costs about the same as buying the pork uncooked.
Quick note on the sauce – I followed the ingredients from this recipe, but sauteed the onions in a large pot until they were soft, then added all the other ingredients and simmered with the meat for about 15 minutes, to let the flavors mingle. Worked like a charm.
We’re planning on some fun family time over the next few days, so I’ll see you Sunday with your first menu for 2011! Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day!