Showing posts with label BBQ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BBQ. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork / #appleweek

We are celebrating #appleweek here at The Freshman Cook, and today's recipe is Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork! This recipe is a great meal to enjoy anytime, but for some reason I think it tastes the best when the air is a little cooler and the leaves are swirling around.  The slaw is the star of the show today, with an apple cider reduction as the base for the slaw dressing, and tiny little apple sticks mixed in to the slaw that provide a crisp crunch, making it very memorable!
Thank you to Casabella, Veggie Wash, and Rainier Fruit for the products used in today's recipe, and Don't forget to enter our fun giveaway! Click here, and go to the end of the page to enter! There are so many great prizes!!
 
Thank you to #AppleWeek Sponsors: Rodelle, Dreamfarm, Casabella, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Pyrex, Chicago Cutlery, Rainier Fruit, and Veggie Wash for providing prizes for #AppleWeek free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #AppleWeek. All opinions are my own.
 Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork
 (printable recipe at end of page)

Fresh Apple Cider
3 lb Pork Loin (any size will work)
Black Pepper
Minced Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1Fresh Rainier HoneyCrisp Apple
Slaw Mix
BBQ Sauce 
Bakery Style Bun


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
I love this Veggie Wash. It is all natural and so easy to use! I sprayed it on my apple, before I cut it up for the slaw, then I lightly scrubbed it with this 2 'n 1 Veggie Brush from Casabella, and rinsed it off. 
Pour a 1/2 gallon jug of apple cider in a 5-6 qt. pan. Bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 30-40 minutes, until it reduces to approx. 1/4th of what you started with. It will become thicker. Let cool. 
Place the pork loin in a oven safe pan. Sprinkle pepper and minced garlic over it. Fill pan with a 1-2 inches of water. Cover with foil, place in oven, and cook until the temperature in the center reaches  140 degrees. Remove from oven, remove foil and let pork rest. It will continue to cook until approx. 165 degrees.
Once your cider has cooled, make the sauce for your slaw. In a small bowl mix together, 1cup reduced cider, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix together.
Cut apple in half, then cut each half in to small thin sticks.
Place 2 cups of slaw mix in to a bowl. Add dressing a little at a time, mixing in until you have your desired consistency. Add apple sticks in to slaw mix. Toss slaw a few times to make sure the apples and the mix are covered.
 Slice down the pork loin into thin pieces.Place in frying pan heated on medium.
Spread BBQ sauce over the top piece of pork. Let it get hot.
Build your sandwich. Start with the bakery bun. Load on the pork, add the apple slaw, and put the lid on it. Serve with thin slices of fresh apple. (don't they look like french fries?!)
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my second of three recipes this week for #appleweek! If you missed my recipe on Monday, you can find my Apple Brickle Mini Tarts w/ an Oatmeal crust right here!


Find lots of fantastic apple recipes here:
Apple Almond Butter Manchengo Grilled Cheese from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Apple Butterscotch Crumb Cake from The Crumby Kitchen
Apple Cider Donuts from 4 Sons 'R' Us
Apple Coffee Cake from Bear & Bug Eats
Apple Oatmeal Bars from Palatable Pastime  
Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks 
Apple & Sausage Stuffing from Girl Abroad 
Apple Pie with Oat Crumble Crust from The Redhead Baker
Braised Pork Roast with Apples from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple Hand Pies from Jolene's Recipe Journal  
Cheesy Apple and Brie Pull Apart Bread from Family Around the Table
Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork from The Freshman Cook
Fresh Apple Dinner Salad from Cooking With Carlee
Lamb Lolipops with Apple Herb Chutney from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Roasted Beet and Apple Salad from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Baked Apples from Jonesin' for Taste
Sweet and Sour Apple Cabbage Salad from All That's Jas  

Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork

INGREDIENTS:


  • Fresh Apple Cider
  • 3 lb Pork Loin (any size will work)
  • Black Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Fresh Rainier HoneyCrisp Apple
  • Slaw Mix
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Bakery Style Bun

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour a 1/2 gallon jug of apple cider in a 5-6 qt. pan. Bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 30-40 minutes, until it reduces to approx. 1/4th of what you started with. It will become thicker. Let cool.
  3. Place the pork loin in a oven safe pan. Sprinkle pepper and minced garlic over it. Fill pan with a 1-2 inches of water. Cover with foil, place in oven, and cook until the temperature in the center reaches 140 degrees. Remove from oven, remove foil and let pork rest. It will continue to cook until approx. 165 degrees.
  4. Once your cider has cooled, make the sauce for your slaw. In a small bowl mix together, 1cup reduced cider, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix together.
  5. Cut apple in half, then cut each half in to small thin sticks.
  6. Place 2 cups of slaw mix in to a bowl. Add dressing a little at a time, mixing in until you have your desired consistency. Add apple sticks in to slaw mix. Toss slaw a few times to make sure the apples and the mix are covered.
  7. Slice down the pork loin into thin pieces.Place in frying pan heated on medium.
  8. Spread BBQ sauce over the top piece of pork. Let it get hot.
  9. Build your sandwich. Start with the bakery bun. Load on the pork, add the apple slaw, and put the lid on it. Serve with thin slices of fresh apple. (don't they look like french fries?!)
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Baby Back Rib Burger / #SundaySupper

Is there anything better than a backyard BBQ? I don't think so! It's fun to cook outside, and the aroma and flavors that you get from grilling are amazing! This is hands down, the best burger I have ever had! When you eat this Baby Back Rib Burger, all of the flavors are there. You can taste the smoked, crispy, bold flavors individually and as a group and they are awesome! This burger takes some prep, but a lot of it can be made ahead of time. Once you start to grill, it comes together quickly, and you will be so happy it does. Enjoy!

Baby Back Rib Burger

Sunday, April 24, 2016

North Carolina BBQ with Cole Slaw and Hush Puppies / #SundaySupper

This North Carolina BBQ with Cole Slaw and Hush Puppies is one of my favorite meals, and I am excited to share it with you! Today for #SundaySupper we are making our favorite regional specialties, and I hope you will try this. This BBQ and sauce is a favorite of many people in the eastern part of the state! There is a huge rivalry between which BBQ is better, eastern or western. But, I have to tell you, they are both amazing!
This is not a quick meal, but it is a meal worth taking the time to prepare. You can smoke the pork if you have a smoker, or you can cook it in the oven. Either way, it is wonderful! The cole slaw is best if made ahead of time so the dressing has time to permeate the cabbage, and the hush puppies, with the minced onions are just amazing! There are few tastes that compare to the yumminess of fresh fried hush puppies!
This meal is perfect anytime, for lunch or dinner, family meals or parties. You and your guests will not be disappointed!

North Carolina BBQ w/ Cole Slaw and Hushpuppies

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Smoked Baby Back Ribs for #SundaySupper

Today #Sunday Supper is talking about food that travels. You know the kind of food I mean. The dishes you take to pot lucks, company picnics, and family reunions. Or maybe it's the casserole you drop off at your neighbors house when you know they need a helping hand. When I want to make something to take and share with others, I always take Smoked Baby Back Ribs. I love smoking ribs! It is enjoyable watching through the glass as the meat cooks, and the aromas are heaven! Another thing about smoking these ribs~it's so easy! Wash, rinse, season and smoke. The smoker does all the work!
ribs, BBQ, dinner
 Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cafe Rio Barbacoa Pork

 It's time for another Holiday Recipe Club, and for Memorial Day we could choose between 3 ingredients to use. Our choices are watermelon, pork, or beer. You can also choose two or all of the ingredients, if you would like. I chose pork because I love it. I love to cook with it at home, and I do so very often. I also love to get it when we go out to eat. When it comes to my favorite place to eat out, I guess I go in cycles, just like anyone else. Sometimes, it's a slice of pizza and a great salad bar. Other times it's an all you can eat sushi place. Right now it is a Mexican, stand in line and order kinda of place called Cafe Rio. I just love it! I went searching for a copy cat recipe mostly because my husband is sick and tired of Cafe Rio being the only place I want to go eat.Oh, he likes it too, but he is not obsessed anxious to have it all the time.  He doesn't say anything, but sometimes you just know. Ya know? Anyway I found one, and it is delicious. You will love it! For the true Cafe Rio experience you need to make the pork and the enchilada sauce.

Cafe Rio Barbacoa Pork
(adapted from barbarabakes.com)
2 pounds boneless Pork Ribs
12 ounce can Coke (not diet)
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
dash Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Water 

Place the pork and the brown sugar  in a plastic bag.
Pour in the coke. Marinate for a few hours
or even overnight.
Pour the meat and the marinade into the crock pot.
Add the garlic powder and the water.
Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
When done, drain the liquid and shred the pork.
Now make the enchilada sauce:
Barbacoa Enchilada Sauce
1 cup Coke (not diet)
1 small can diced green Chilies
1 cup red Enchilada Sauce
1/2 cup brown Sugar

Put all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend.
 Put shredded pork and enchilada sauce in to 
crock pot and cook on high for 2 hours.
Then it is ready to serve.
I put my pork on top of white rice on a flour tortilla.
I also added sauteed onions and peppers.
At Cafe Rio their burrito is served with Cilantro Lime Rice
and Black or Pinto Beans. I have some recipes
for those that I will be posting in the near future.
I topped my burrito with the enchilada sauce
and some shredded cheddar.
So delicious! 

Thanks for joining me today! 


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Monday, October 31, 2011

BBQ Pork Sandwiches w/ Slaw

BBQ Pork sandwiches is THE Halloween meal to me. When I was a little girl, we would have BBQ sandwiches every Halloween. And so, the tradition lives on.  It just so happens that I love BBQ of any kind, so this is one tradition that I love continuing!!
Spray a baking pan with pan spray.
Place a pork loin in the pan. 
Sprinkle with garlic powder.
Fill the pan with water, to cover 1/4 of the pan.
Cover the pan with plastic wrap.
Then cover the plastic wrap with foil.
Cook at 350 degrees until a thermometer placed in
the pork loin reads 145 degrees.
Take out oven and let pork rest for 30 minutes.
To let the meat rest you are allowing the juices to stop flowing.
Cutting into the pork to soon will make the meat dry.
To make the pork sandwiches,
cut thin slices from the pork loin.
A slicer works great for this, or just cut by hand.
Build your sandwich by toasting the bun, then piling on the 
pork, topped with a taste of BBQ sauce.
Add some cole slaw.
We made some back in May.
Your BBQ sandwich is done!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

BBQ Tips & Fries

My all time favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is Bob Taylor's Original Ranch House. Bob Taylor's opened in 1955, and is the oldest, existing restaurant in the city. The restaurant opened in the northwest part of the valley, when there was nothing else there except for a few other ranches. It had a cozy, welcoming feel to it from the minute you opened the door, and it still does. But, because of the growth of the city, the Ranch House is now smack in the middle of a neighborhood.  I started eating there in 1981, and I never want to stop. This recipe is my remake of my favorite meal from the Ranch House.

 
BBQ Tips & Fries
(Serves 2)
1/2 of an Onion
4 Idaho Potatoes
 2 teaspoon + 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
Oil for frying
1/2 lb. Prime Top Loin Sirloin
I used this meat for a reason. I wanted a really good cut of meat
that would not need seasoning to bring out the flavor.
There are very few places to get Prime cut meat,
outside of a butcher shoppe, but I 
did find it at Costco where I have gotten it before.
Wash and dry 4 potatoes. 2 per person.
Cut each potato in half.
Cut each half in half.
Slice each quarter piece into slices.
 Put all the potato slices in a colander and rinse well.
You want to get as much starch off of them as you can.
Cut the ends off of the onion.
Cut the onion in half.
Peel the onion.
Cut the half in half.
Chop the quarter onion in 1" pieces.
Pull the pieces apart. You will have onion pieces that
look a little like petals.
I used a deep fryer to fry the potatoes. Set it at 350 degrees. 
If you do not want to use a deep fryer, you can fill a 
frying pan or a sauce pan with enough oil to cover the 
french fries. Set it at 350 degrees also.
Let's cut the meat for the tips.
Trim off the excess fat. Slice the sirloin into strips.
Then cut each slice into about a 1/2" piece of meat.
Place the fries in the fryer. They will take a little longer
to cook than the tips.
Heat up the pan with a teaspoon of oil.
Add your meat. Cook on high temperature.
 Let the meat sizzle.
Add your onions about 3 minutes before you figure the
meat will be done.
Take out the fries and let them drain on a paper towel 
placed on a plate.
 
When your meat is almost done, add 2 teaspoons
of BBQ sauce. Coat all the meat with the sauce.
Plate the meat and french fries.
Add the 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce.
Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me today for one of my favorite meals ever!

Please come back tomorrow when we will be 
constructing a side dish that could be an entree,
Nachos, Nachos, Nachos!!

See you then!!