3 Fast, Simple Ways to Glorify Pulled Pork

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Can you believe this weather, you guys?  It’s finally here.  And my guess is you want to be out enjoying it as much as possible…I know that is the case for me.  On top wanting to spend time outdoors things are a little nuts for all of us this time of year with weddings, graduation parties, end-of-school parties and BBQs.  Combine them all and it doesn’t leave much time to prepare meals, at least in my house. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pulled Chicken

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There are recipes like this floating around all over the internet.  Slow cooker southwest chicken in all shapes and forms and I’ve tried so many variations.  My sister found this recipe on Pinterest and we couldn’t love it more.  I added a few spices because heaven forbid I leave any recipe alone (control issues, friends-Im working on it) but in my opinion the smoked paprika is key…so yummy.  I’ll be making this over and over again…the more delicious minimal ingredient, throw-in-the-slow-cooker-and-leave-it-alone-all-day recipes I can keep in my back pocket, the merrier, for sure.  This chicken makes awesome quesadillas, tacos, salads and so much more.  But piled on top of a crispy tortilla (like in this recipe) with spinach and blazing hot salsa is my very favorite way to eat it. Continue reading

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw

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Well, as promised, here is a follow up to last weeks simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.  Although a Pulled Pork Sandwich is one of the more common ways to utilize the pork, this sandwich tastes nothing close to ordinary.  It’s exceptional.  Juicy, tender pulled pork, tangy, sweet bbq sauce and cool, crunchy, creamy slaw?  Theres not much else I can say here, folks..it’s out of this world.  My husband is nuts for this sandwich. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Dare I say it, friends?  It is nearing that time of year again.  School is about to begin which means less time for preparing meals or, for some families, even enjoying meals together.  School, activities, work and everything in between all come together to form one big blob of chaos, for most.  I’ve had quite a few requests for crock pot recipes to help ease into the chaotic evenings and this pulled pork is a total winner.   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Carnitas

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I’m as big of a fan of the slow cooker as the next gal but I just haven’t had too many impressive experiences with it.  The dishes always come out okay..but thats just about it, just okay.  Yesterday I was crunched for time and we had pork tenderloin in the fridge with minimal other ingredients so I thought I’d try to throw something together in the morning that could slow cook all day.  Darn good thing I did because it completely wowed me and we all enjoyed it so much.  These carnitas make the perfect taco but I have plans to use the leftovers for quesadillas and grilled sandwiches as well.  The pork comes out so incredibly juicy and tender..it literally fell apart when I tried to take it out of the cooker with tongs.  And putting it under the broiler after shredding it gives random pieces that nice crust that I love so much.  Keeping this recipe in my back pocket for sure..so simple and full of flavor.

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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Carnitas

Ingredients

2 Pork Tenderloins

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon Taco Seasoning (here is my recipe)

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

1 4-Ounce Can Fire Roasted Diced Green Chillies

1/2 Cup Chicken Stock

Directions

Place pork in the slow cooker, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and taco seasoning and rub the oil and seasonings into all sides of the pork well.  In a separate bowl whisk together tomato paste, chillies and chicken stock and pour over the pork.  Cover and cook for 8 hours on low or until pork is fall-apart tender.  Remove pork, place in an oven safe dish and shred it.  Spoon desired amount of the juices over the pork and place under the broiler until pork is just starting to crisp up.  Serve on tortillas with favorite toppings.  Serves 8-10.