Uncoventional Thanksgiving

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Most people who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, did so with a roasted turkey and all the trimmings. Not this family. We had pulled pork and cole slaw sandwiches! Boy, were they D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S!

Side note: we celebrated our Turkey Day the week before, due to family being out of town. 🙂

http://genxfinance.com/crock-pot-bbq-pulled-pork-recipe-for-under-15-easy-and-frugal/ < awesome pulled pork recipe.

So I thought I would share the love with the recipes I used with the things I did different. 🙂

First, lets start of with the pork. I used a pork shoulder for my pulled pork. I thawed it the day before and seasoned it with Weber roasted garlic and herb seasoning. Honestly, you could use whatever seasoning and be fine, as the recipe from genxfinance states. Then, I  rolled it up in saran wrap and threw it in the frig overnight…

Things you need for pulled pork:

  • 5-7 pound whole pork shoulder
  • 1 medium to large onion
  • A few cloves of garlic
  • BBQ Rub Seasoning
  • Liquid Smoke
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Salt and pepper

The next day, I pulled it out , unwrapped it, and tossed it in the crock pot. Ok, before I did that, I cut up my onion into 8ths. Tossed those in. Coarsely chopped up the garlic. Tossed that in. THEN put my piggy on top of that.

I added the liquid smoke, salt and pepper, and water to the crock pot last. Oh, and the liquid smoke I used was Colgin Liquid Smoke natural hickory, and I only used 2 tsp as opposed to the 1 TBSP the original recipe suggested. A little goes a long way when it comes to liquid smoke.

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I set my crock pot on low for 7 1/2 hours. BOOM! done for the next 7 hours. 🙂

Flash forward to 7 1/2 hours later the pork is done and falling off the bone. I pulled it out and chopped into large chunks to be placed in my kitchen aid to be shredded. Yeah, betcha didn’t know that! You can shred chicken and pork in your kitchen aid mixer. Just use the all purpose paddle on a low-speed. While the pork is shredding I emptied out the contents of the crock pot and put the shredded meat back in, so I could add the final ingredient….. Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. oh yeah! One whole bottle of sauce and mix it up good!

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Ok, now for the awesome cole slaw for the sandwiches.

http://www.lindasyummies.com/cajun-slaw-by-ayesha/ < awesome slaw recipe.

I will say that, I have NEVER made cole slaw before, and yes, I KNOW it’s not hard, but, one: I am not a big fan of just regular slaw, and two: I didn’t want to screw up dinner with my inexperience of making slaw, so I was a little nervous.

Well, let me put your worries aside and tell you, it turned out AWESOME! I ate some right out of the bowl and my youngest ate some as a side on his plate.

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Things you will need:

(note: I am listing ingredients I used, you can check the link above if you want to see what the original recipe used)

1 head of cabbage

1 red onion

2/3 c. mayo

1/2 c. sour cream

2 TBSP sugar

2 TBSP lemon juice ( bottled)

2 TBSP dill pickle juice( from your jar of pickles)

1 tsp Franks Hot Sauce

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Chop up cabbage and red onion into long thin slices. Mix cabbage and red onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whip the remaining ingredients with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over the cabbage mixture and mix until well combined. Chill. serve, and enjoy!

After all is said and done, this is the masterpiece you are left with. Your welcome.

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Oh, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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