Friday, November 15, 2013

Shredded BBQ Pork

I have been slaving, I tell you, slaving all day! Today was the first day in a good long while that I spend happily puttering in the kitchen without obligations breathing down my neck. It was about time too, I miss enjoying my cooking! So, tonight I bring you shredded bbq pork (courtesy of my slow cooker) and Oopsie bread with which to eat it, and lots of pictures to prove it.

Stage One: Porky Breakdown

Everyone should, on a semi-regular basis, have a giant hunk of carcass on their counter to break down themselves. I think it gives a greater appreciation for the food, plus it is just plain fun.

My pork butt was semi-frozen for ease of butchering and purchased in a two pack from Sam's Club. $1.68 is hard to beat for meat, so I am working on more ways to use this stuff. (Can you say tamales?)

Stage Two: Slow Cooker Love

My porkiness is now tucked neatly into bed and kept warm with its own personal heater and cumin and oregano aromatherapy. Its like a sauna for dead animal! A sauna that lasts 6-8 hours on low.

Stage Three: Photo Op, then Break for Lunch

Tada! This what completely relaxed pork looks like after the sauna. It feels so good it just wants to melt! So we loan it our buns (Oopsie bread in my case) to lounge in and escort it to the privacy of our stomachs.

(Oh, and I apologize for the wealth of contradicting fanatsys. I am high on pig.)

 Topped with some BBQ sauce and shredded cheddar, this was a truly delicious low carb dinner! The bread's flavor did not dominate the pork. It was JUST bland enough to complement without dragging it down, and it was strong enough to wrangle the filling, even better than a tortilla. I am looking forward to my stomach making some room so I can eat more!

I also made homemade baked beans (bacon, NOM!), and obviously Oopsie bread. I have pictures of that, eventually I will do a post on them!