Albertsons pork is on sale this week “Buy One, Get One Free!”  Read more here and stock up on pork!  Then try out some of these recipes for your family.

SLOW-COOKER SWEET PULLED PORK

thanks to my friends, Darla and Taresa Warren!

My new obsession is Sweet Pork!  It’s so easy and inexpensive and my husband and kids all love it! 

  • Pork Roast (picnic, sirloin, butt roast– it doesn’t matter) I usually buy 3-4 lbs
  • One jar of salsa (16 oz is fine for a smaller roast, if it’s a larger roast, use a big jar)
  • 1-2 cups of water (I like to have the roast covered maybe half way with liquid)
  • 1-2 cups of brown sugar

Let it cook on low for about 6 hours.  I turn it after the first couple hours and then begin to pull it apart at hour 5.

Serve it on tortillas, buns or even rice!  So good, you can’t go wrong!

SLOW-COOKER BARBECUE RIBS

thanks MakeAheadMeals!

4 lbs pork baby-back ribs
Salt & pepper to taste
2 cups bottled or homemade BBQ sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tbs red wine vinegar
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot sauce

Make Ahead Prep:
Season ribs to taste with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs, and turn to coat.
Cover, and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours, or until ribs are tender.
To serve immediately, see instructions below. Or allow ribs to cool, wrap them tightly in tin foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Last Minute Assembly:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place ribs on foil-wrapped baking sheet and baste with some additional BBQ sauce. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until ribs are heated through and you start to see some caramelization of the sauce.

SWEET & SOUR PORK

thanks Rasa Malaysia

this is a really great authentic Sweet & Sour pork recipe.  Anyone else have a quick & easy recipe that’s still yummy?

1/2 lb. pork tenderloin (cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 green bell pepper (about 2 oz. and cut into pieces)
1/2 red bell pepper (about 2 oz. and cut into pieces)
2 stalks scallions (only the white part, cut into 2 inch length)
1 piece fresh/canned pineapple ring (cut into small pieces)
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
Oil for frying

Marinate:

1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon corn flour
1/2 teaspoon rice wine

Frying Batter:

1/2 cup water
2 oz. all-purpose flour
1 oz. corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 egg
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 small pinch of salt

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

1 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon plum sauce
1/8 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar (transparent in color)
1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons water

Cut the pork tenderloin into pieces and marinate with the ingredients for 15-20 minutes.
Mix the sweet and sour sauce ingredients well and set aside.
Strain the dry ingredients of the frying batter and then add in the egg, water, and cooking oil to form a thick batter.
When the pork is well-marinated, transfer the pork pieces into the batter and make sure they are well coated. In a deep skillet, add in the cooking oil enough for deep-frying. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the pork pieces until they turn golden brown. Dish out and drain on paper towels.
Heat up a wok and add in some cooking oil. Add in the chopped garlic and stir fry until light brown, then follow by the bell peppers and pineapple pieces. Stir fry until you smell the peppery aroma from the peppers and then add in the sweet and sour sauce. As soon as the sauce thickenens, transfer the pork into the wok and stir well with the sauce. Add in the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve hot with steamed white rice.

PORK CHOPS STUFFED WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES & SPINACH

thanks Giada De Laurentiis & Food Network

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced


1 (10-ounce) bag of frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese
1/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
4 (4-ounce) center-cut pork chops
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Warm the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until combined, about 2 more minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Add the goat cheese and the cream cheese. Stir to combine and set aside.
Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket into the thickest portion of the pork chop. Stuff each pocket with 1/4 of the spinach and sun-dried tomato mixture and close the pork around the stuffing. Season the outside of the pork with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl combine the chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, and mustard.
Warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the pork. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to a side dish and tent with foil to keep warm. Add the chicken broth mixture to the skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan as the chicken broth simmers. Reduce the broth by half to make a light sauce, about 8 minutes. Spoon some sauce over the pork before serving.