Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and Mom's coleslaw

This has got to be one of the easiest, yet delicious meals ever! I made this for my gals that attended the cookie exchange and I'm pretty sure they loved it. The pulled pork only requires 4 ingredients so what's not to like?

I've made barbecue pork plenty of times but usually just cook the pork in the slow cooker, drain the liquid and then add the sauce. Not bad, but wasn't anything special. Then I seen this recipe over on Sweet & Savory Food and I knew I had to give it a try.(Check out Ally's blog, she's a fellow Iowan, has some really good recipes and just wrote her 1st cookbook!) I will definitely be making my pulled pork this way from now on. I really like the addition of the cola, and it has a nice barbecue flavor but not too much of the actual barbecue sauce. I think for folks that might not care for the sauce will love this!
Look at that! It's tender, moist and delicious!

This coleslaw comes from my mom, I'm not actually sure where she came across this recipe. It's so easy to make, you seriously just dump a few ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. I'm not a big fan of mayonnaise based coleslaws and that's what I love about this salad, the dressing is made from oil and vinegar.

Definitely give these recipes a try, even for those of you that say "I can't cook". You can do this! Surprise your family with super easy meal or take the pulled pork to one of your holiday gatherings, everyone will love it!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3-lb. pork roast (Crock pot or pork butt will give you the most tender meat)
1 can Diet Dr. Pepper (You can certainly use any type of cola)
1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue sauce (Again use whatever brand you like)
Lawry's salt and pepper

Season roast with salt and pepper. Place roast in your slow cooker. Pour in can of cola and barbecue sauce. Set on low and cook for 6-8 hours.

When done, drain a little bit of liquid from slow cooker. Shred meat with fork. Serve on buns, add additional barbecue sauce if desired.

Asian Coleslaw

1 pkg coleslaw mix
4 green onions, chopped
1 pkg ramen noodles, discard the season packet
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar

Combine coleslaw mix and green onions in medium sized bowl. Break apart dry ramen noodles and add to coleslaw mixture. In another bowl, combine oil, sugar and vinegar. Pour dressing over coleslaw. Refrigerate overnight to allow noodles to soften. Before serving add in sunflower seeds.

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