The fall is amongst us and the winter is slowly approaching and it’s about time that I start using my slow cooker again. I enjoy cooking with my slow cooker because it’s effortlessly easy to make delicious meals. I love the aroma’s that fill my home and envelope my taste buds. The smells just get me so excited for dinner.
There are a lot of things I like to cook and today I am in the mood for barbeque mainly barbeque pulled pork. I love making pulled pork, it’s a sure crowd pleaser and there is so much that you can do with the left overs, for example quesadilla’s or a meat pie that you can put it in a pie shell with extra potatoes and carrots.
One of the reasons I enjoy making barbeque foods is because it just makes think back to the times I spent with my Grandpa Becker. It just makes me feel good. Every time I try a new barbecue recipe, I can’t help thinking I am someone out on a ranch somewhere in the western states. The reason I feel this way is because once you make one main barbeque dish your side dishes should match and then you aren’t too far away from a semi traditional western meal. The wonderful smells usually have me day dreaming.
I am a Long Islander first and a New Yorker second. My family hailed from just about all five boroughs minus Staten Island. So needless to say I am not a rancher or a huge outdoorsy person but that part of life does intrigue me it’s an interesting fantasy.
My Astoria Queens born Grandfather, on the other hand was all but consumed with western living and culture. To say he loved it was an understatement. He turned himself into a German New York City Cowboy. He worked the ranches in Upstate New York and rode the Brahma Bulls in the rodeos in Madison Square Garden. I have fond memories of going to my grandparents’ home and watching the rodeo on public television, they watched it all the time. One time my sibling’s, my father and my grandfather went to Madison Square Garden to see the Rodeo. It was a sure sight to see, watching all those cowboy’s getting launched from an angry bull and running for their lives. It was a very memorable experience. I still imagine the look of excitement, and nostalgia on my grandfather’s face as he watched those riders. I knew he was reminiscing.
The one thing my German Grandfather loved to eat was sandwiches. He loved anything slapped between two slices of bread and if he had a beer along with it, he was truly a happy cowboy. He was a simple man. So the recipe I have created is in honor of his life and is called “German Cowboy Pulled Pork Sandwiches.” Typically, you wouldn’t associate Germans and cowboys but this is as cowgirl as I am going to get and after reading my story it is very fitting. Try the Recipe and enjoy. Please comment and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you…Bis bald.
GERMAN COWBOY PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
Pork Loin Rib end meat appox 5lbs for 4 people
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cup original bbq sauce ( I say original because you will add spices to it)
1 1/2 tablespoons barbeque seasoning
2 teaspoons ground mustard powder
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 German Lager (pick something on the lighter side ex. a pilsner)
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 medium yellow onion
Nice hearty rolls (optional)
Other items you will need
Slow Cooker appox 4 qt
one small pot
Preheat slow cooker. It’s important to preheat your slower cooker first because if you add the hot ingredients to a cold slow cooker you run the risk of cracking the slow cooker’s ceramic bowl. Preheat the browning pot., add the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Salt and pepper pork on both sides and place in pan, brown the meat on all sides. While the meat is browning start creating your sauce.
In a separate bowl add your barbeque sauce, beer, barbeque seasoning, marjoram and mustard powder. Whisk until all ingredients are completely incorporated. Halve and slice the onion and carrot. Pour half of the sauce you just whisked into the bottom of the crockpot. Place the browned meat into the crockpot. Tuck the onions and carrots in the crock pot so all the ingredients are equally distributed. Cover the meat with the rest of the sauce. Put the slow cooker on low and let it cook for approx. 4 to 5 hours. The meat is done when the meat starts pulling away slowly and easily.
Once the meat is cooked and cooled a bit you will be able to start shredding the meat with 2 forks. Save the cooking liquid! Strain the onions and carrots, and dispose of them they have done their job. Put the cooking liquid in to a small sauce pan and using a wooden spoon try and skim some of the fat off the top. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer this will allow the cooking liquid to reduce and thicken. Once the liquid is reduced to almost half, add appox 1/4 cup of the bbq sauce to the pot to thicken even more. Use approx. 1/2 the sauce for the meat and save the other half for those who want extra sauce serve immediately.
I recommend several sides to serve with this meal such as baked beans, sauerkraut, corn, German potato salad and a good pickle.