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Festive Appetizer RoundUp

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appetizer collageDo you need ideas for an appetizer, snack, party fare or just because it’s the holiday’s?  I have FOUR scrumptious and taste-bud tickling dishes for YOU!



Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip – click HEREhttps://amothersshadow.com/2013/12/03/hot-artichoke-spinach-dip/Fresh Cranberry Salsa – click HEREDSC_2190 - cranberry salsaCocktail sauce & Shrimp – click HEREhttps://amothersshadow.com/2013/12/31/cocktail-shrimp-sauce/

Pork Filled Wontons & Dipping Sauce – click HERE https://amothersshadow.com/2014/12/02/14014/

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Delicious Pork Wontons step by step

Crispy Pork Filled Wontons & Dipping Sauce

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Delicious Pork Wontons step by step

Pork Wontons


Do you like a really good Chinese style wonton?  I do, but not the high price in a restaurant, nor a mystery filled frozen wontons.
 An AMS reader asked me for a recipe for wontons, and since I like a challenge, here is my interpretation. I do hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.




 
 Crispy Pork Won Tons & Dipping Sauce
The filling can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept in the refrigerator to use when ready to assemble in the won tons.  Important – warm the filling before assembling or there is not enough fry time to warm it through without burning the won tons.)

Ingredients: 
16 oz. sausage
3 oz. can water chestnuts, finely chopped
1 cup shredded carrot
8-12 green onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbl. grated garlic
1 Tbl. grated fresh ginger root  * see below in Dipping Sauce recipe for instructions on how to grate fresh ginger root
1 tsp. hoisin sauce
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
12-14 oz. package of won ton wrappers




Directions:
Finely chop water chestnuts in a mini chopper or by hand.
In a fry pan combine the sausage, chopped water chestnuts, carrot and cook until almost cooked through; breaking up sausage into very small pieces.Pork Wontons 1Add in the green onion, ginger root, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Continue cooking until the pork is completely cooked through.Pork Wontons 2Cover a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper and sprinkle generously with corn starch.Pork Won Tons 3



Take a wonton wrapper and place a scant tablespoon of the mixture into the center of the won ton wrapper.Pork Won Tons 4
Pork Won Tons 5Moisten all four edges of the won ton with water.Pork Won Tons 5Fold the won ton over and press together to seal. Make sure all the edges are sealed completely.Pork Won Tons 6Place the filled won ton onto the corn starch which prevents sticking.Pork Won Tons 7Fill the electric fry pan about 2” high of oil, or use a deep fryer according to directions. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
Line a plate or cookie sheet with layers of paper towels.Pork Won Tons 8



Fry the filled wontons a few at a time, or until they are golden brown and float to the top, 2-4 minutes.Pork Won Tons 9
Pork Won Tons 10Remove fried won tons and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.Pork Won Tons 11Serve with Dipping Sauce – recipe follows:
Pork Wontons





Dipping Sauce
Ingredients:
1/4 tsp. chicken bouillon
2 Tbl. water
2 Tbl. soy sauce
1/2 – 1 tsp. sesame oil, to desired taste

2 Tbl. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. minced ginger* (purchase 3-4 inch piece of fresh ginger root) OR 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger

1/4 tsp. chili oil
2 tsp. packed brown sugar
pinch – 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, to desired taste
1 Tbl. green onion, minced
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Directions:
In a small sauce pan combine all the ingredients.

IF using fresh, grate the ginger root.  Pork Wontons 14
You can purchase any size you want.  It is ok to break off the section you want; you do have to purchase the whole root portion.
Peel the ginger root with a knife or a vegetable peeler.Pork Wontons 15
Grate on a fine grater.Pork Wontons 16Add the fresh ginger root to the rest of the ingredients (again, IF using fresh) Warm mixture through long enough to dissolve and combine ingredients.Pork Wontons 17
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Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use (use within 3-4 days). Warm before serving if it has been chilled.
Crispy Pork Filled Wontons and Dipping sauce are Carrie Groneman’s recipes, copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2014
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Hawaiian Sliders with homemade slaw

Hawaiian Pork Sliders with Slaw and Island Sauce

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Hawaiian Sliders with homemade slaw

Hawaiian Pork Sliders with homemade slaw and dressing

This is a perfect meal for any occasion.  Terrific to make ahead for a crowd, or for dinner tonight.    A sweet roll, layered with fabulous marinated tender and moist meat, a refreshing slaw with just the right amount of seasoning and then topped with an amazing Island Sauce. 




Hawaiian Pork Slider with Slaw and Island Sauce
Ingredients:
Slider:
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. chicken bouillon
3 Tbl. seasoned rice vinegar
2 Tbl. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 Tbl. minced garlic
3” piece of fresh ginger root
1 – 1 ½ lb. pork tenderloin
2 tsp. cornstarch
10-12 mini Hawaiian-style sweet rolls, halve horizontally

Slaw:
3 cups coleslaw mix (can use thin sliced head of cabbage also)
3 Tbl. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
¼ tsp. Emerill’s Original Seasoning
¼ tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 thinly sliced green onion



Directions:
Prepare the pork –
In a gallon zip lock bag, mix together the orange juice, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, bouillon, rice vinegar, sesame oil, steak seasoning, garlic and ginger root. Squish and mix well. Add the pork loin to the bag and refrigerate 2-8 hours. Flip over occasionally. Hawaiian Sliders 1
Hawaiian Sliders 2When ready to bake the pork loin, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the pork from the marinade (RESERVE the marinade) and place the meat into a foil lined baking dish.Hawaiian Sliders 3




Place the baking dish in the oven and bake approx. 25 minutes per pound. Cook until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees. Allow meat to rest 10 minutes. Hawaiian Sliders 4
Hawaiian Sliders 5Meanwhile, while the meat is cooking, prepare the slaw – *If using whole cabbage, slice about 1/4 of the purple and 1/4 of the green thin.
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In a small bowl whisk well together the rice vinegar, sesame oil, Emerill’s and steak seasoning.
In a medium bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, or sliced cabbage, and the green onions. Pour the rice vinegar mixture over the cabbage and toss well.
Allow it to sit, covered, in the refrigerator while the pork is cooking to allow the flavors to marry. Hawaiian Sliders 7
Hawaiian Sliders 8


To make the Slider Sauce – In a blender pour in the marinade and the cornstarch. Blend well.Hawaiian Sliders 9
Hawaiian Sliders 10Pour the blended mixture into a large pan (the mixture foams and bubbles) and bring to a boil over medium to high heat.Hawaiian Sliders 11Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens and you have a trail when you run a finger through the sauce. Be careful not to burn yourself. Hawaiian Sliders 12
Hawaiian Sliders 13


Remove from the heat and allow to sit while preparing the meat.
If a ‘skin’ forms, simply stir. If sauce becomes too thick, thin with chicken broth or water and bouillon.   When the pork is cooked and has sat for 10 minutes, slice into 1/4” – 1/3” slices.
*Keep the juices from the baking pan.
For leftovers, or if you are making this step ahead, put meat into a zip-lock baggie along with the juices from the baking pan. This will keep the meat moist and tender. Hawaiian Sliders 16
Hawaiian Sliders 17
To assemble the Hawaiian Pork Slider: Place the split sweet roll on a plate.
Lay on slices of meat, then slaw and drizzle the slider sauce over the top. Enjoy!Hawaiian Slider 2

Carrie’s recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

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SlowCooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Do you love Cuban Street Tacos?

These authentic Cuban Style Pulled Pork Tacos have the great taste like those you get at the taco stands and the food trucks.  

Really! 

This Cuban Street Taco recipe has all the amazing flavors you’ve come to expect, and the best part – you make it in the slow cooker, or crock pot as is also called, which makes it SO easy!

This cooking process infuses the orange and lime citrus right through the meat, creating a mild and delicate flavor.

The perfect balance of Cuban inspired spices make it off-the-charts-delicious. 

You’ll impress your family and guests with these Cuban Street Tacos; it’s seriously a dish you’ll make often – due to requests!

If you’d prefer something a little on the sweet side with a savory dressing, you will thoroughly enjoy this Sweet Pork and Tomatillo Sauce

And if you want BBQ Pulled Pork then you’ll definitely want to check out out my Pulled Pork with tips on serving a crowd, and making it ahead.

Before I go, I would love to tell you about my Pork Roast Cookbook.  I show you in my usual step-by-step picture tutorial how to cook the perfect roast and 17 recipes to make from that roast!  Included as bonus recipe are this one and the Sweet Pork all in one EBook for instant download.  Enjoy the many tastes of pork!




Cuban Style Pulled Pork Tacos

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Total Time:  9-10 hours, including cooking time in the crock pot/slow cooker

Serves:  6-8

 

 

Ingredients:

Shredded pork:

4 lb. Pork –   Use either: boneless Pork Picnic Roast (shreds nice, stays moist, less expensive) or Boston Butt (shreds great, stays moist, added flavor of the bone)

1 Tbl. salt

3-4 Tbl. olive or vegetable oil

2 cups water

1 Knorr bouillon cube (or 2 teaspoons boullion, I preferr Knorr)

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. dried oregano leaves (not ground)

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 Tbl. brown sugar

4 bay leaves

2 Tbl. garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, minced (seeds removed unless more heat is desired, use caution here for those who may not desire added heat)

2 small onions, quartered

2 limes

2 medium oranges

 

Tortillas & Garnishes:

8 -10 small corn or flour tortillas

1 small red onion, finely chopped or thinly sliced

1/2 – 2/3 cup cilantro, washed and leaves pulled off of the stems

Sour cream

Avocados

1 – 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 

2-4 limes, cut into wedges




Directions:

Sprinkle the salt   Cuban Street Tacos

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos 

Cuban Street Tacos

Pork roast with salt to begin to cure in fridge

Rub the pieces of pork all over with salt.Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic CubanStreet Tacos

Cuban Street Taco

Pork roast in a bowl with plastic wrap in the fridge

Refrigerate for 1-2  hours.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

When time is up, heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, until the oil is shimmering and hot.

Cuban Street Taco

Pork roast in a fry pan starting to brown

Add in the pork and sear on all sides.  You might want to put a lid on to contain the grease spatters. Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

 

Cuban Street Taco

Pork roast in a fry pan browned on all sides

Turn and brown the pork really well all over.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Place the pork in the slow cooker.




In the same pan used to sear the pork, pour in the water.

Cuban Street Taco

Juices from the cooked pork roast in a fry pan

Then scraping the bottom of the pan with a flat-edged spatula or wooden spoon, get up all the delicious brown bits from the bottom. 

low Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Roll the oranges on the counter with the palm of your hand; more juice is obtained from the fruit this way.  

Cuban Street Taco

Pushing on an orange with the palm of the hand to release more juice before cutting

Do this also for the limes.  



Slice the jalapeno in half, scrape out the seeds (this is where the heat is) and dice small.  

I keep disposable gloves on hand for this.

Cuban Street Tacos

Demonstrating how to chop a jalapeno by wearing a disposable glove and taking out the seeds

Caution not to touch your eyes or skin with any of the oils from the jalapeno on your fingers.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

Cutting board with quartered onions, oranges zested and halved, limes zested and halved, chopped jalapeno and minced garlic

 Zest ONE of the oranges, zest ONE of the limes, chop the jalapeno as shown above, quarter the 2 onions and minced the garlic.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Into the same pan with the water and scrapped up bits of meat, add in the chicken bouillon, Montreal Steak Seasoning, cumin, chili powder, oregano leaves, bay leaves, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, juice of BOTH oranges, juice of BOTH limes, minced garlic and chopped jalapeno.

Cuban Street Tacos

Simmering the ingredients to put on the roast

Bring to a boil, turn it down to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

After simmering the ingredients, they are placed on the pork roast in the crock pot

Pour this mixture over the pork, which is in the slow cooker/crock pot

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cook on low for 6-8 hours,  or until the pork is very tender.




When the pork is tender and shreds easily, remove the pork, place in a bowl and set it aside. 

Strain the onion, bay leaf mixture from the liquid and pour the liquid into the pan on the stove.

Bring this mixture to a boil.

Cuban Street Tacos

Strained cooking liquid from roast reducing

Turn down to medium and cook for 15 minutes.w

Cuban Street Tacos

Pulled pork using Bear Paws

Meanwhile, shred the pork.  I LOVE these BEAR PAWS for this because they do not tear the meat, it shreds it instead keeping the tenderness and allowing the moist juices to remain. The meat is beautiful and doesn’t tear at the meat making it tough by destroying the fibers or ripping it to pieces.  You can get to the link HERE if you are interested in finding out more about one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets

Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Tacos

liquid from the roast being poured into the shredded pork

Pour the simmered sauce over the pork.

Cuban Street Tacos

the shredded pork and reduced liquid mixed together for tacos

Stir well and spoon back into the crock pot to heat through again. 

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Cuban Street Taco

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

When ready, serve with condiments for Cuban Street Tacos such as piling the delicious Cuban flavored meat in tortillas, garnishing with the red onion, cilantro, sour cream, avocados, cheese and juice from lime wedge. 

ENJOY

Cuban Street Tacos

Two Cuban Street Tacos on a plate with an orange and 2 lime wedges. These tacos have orange and lime zest infused as the pork cooks along with Cuban inspired spices. The meat is in a tortilla, then shredded monterey jack cheese, diced red onion and cilantro.

SlowCooker/Crock Pot Authentic Cuban Street Tacos

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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A plate of three tortillas filled with delicious moist and tender sweet pork, beans, rice, shredded cheese and a side of the tangy, unique and delicious tomatillo sauce to serve with the sweet pork burritos or tacos.

Sweet Pulled Pork

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A plate of three tortillas filled with delicious moist and tender sweet pork, beans, rice, shredded cheese and a side of the tangy, unique and delicious tomatillo sauce to serve with the sweet pork burritos or tacos.

Sweet Pulled Pork

Sweet Pulled Pork

Do you like pulled pork? What about Sweet Pulled Pork?

There are so many recipes for Sweet Pork, and even more that claim to be copycat ones for Costa Vida and Cafe Rio. So why should you make mine?

Well, I guess, because I’ve tried a lot of them, tweaked and perfected, until T.H.I.S.  It’s the ONE!  Now you don’t have to spend all the time and money I did finding the best, because it’s here.

As you look over the Sweet Pulled Pork recipe don’t be put off by the time involved, since it’s really EASY and it’s mostly slow cooking without you there! 

Just set the timer and use the crock pot.  Using the slow cooker and the Bear Claws, I’ll show you how to produce the most tender, flavorful and moist sweet pulled pork meat EVER.

When the simple to make Sweet Pulled Pork is ready, serve it as a burrito in large tortillas or in smaller ones taco-style.  It’s all terrific, then adding in the condiments and the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Tomatillo Sauce….ooohh this sauce is a little tangy, creamy and uniquely tasty- is a MUST.

A great make-ahead for family gatherings, parties or get-together’s. You can even double the recipe.  If you have extra meat left over, freeze it in its juices. The juices will absorb into the meat cells which prevents dry meat when thawed and warmed again later.

*As an option, this Sweet Pulled Pork is great on a green salad with the Tomatillo sauce served as a scrumptious dressing! Simply use your Sweet Pulled Pork, mixed greens, chopped tomato, beans, olives, shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, sliced green onion and anything else your heart desires to create a fabulous alternative.

I have a unique and fabulous recipe for Cuban Street Tacos that you might also want to try.  It has a hint of citrus, along with the perfect blend of seasonings,  The seasoned meat for the tacos is superb.

If you want BBQ Pulled Pork then you’ll definitely want to check out out my Pulled Pork with tips on serving a crowd, and making it ahead.

Before I go, I would love to tell you about my Pork Roast Cookbook.  I show you in my usual step-by-step picture tutorial how to cook the perfect roast and 17 recipes to make from that roast!  Included as bonus recipe are this one and the Sweet Pork all in one EBook for instant download.  Enjoy the many tastes of pork!



Sweet Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 60 minutes, spread out

Cooking Time: 22 hours, this is all in the crock pot/slow cooker, so easy peasy

Total Time: approximately 23, just plan a day in advance to make it for your dinner or event. SO simple, SO yummy and the compliments will be plentiful!!!

Serves: 6-8 easily

 

Sweet Pork

Ingredients:

4-5 lb. Pork –   Use either: boneless Pork Picnic Roast (shreds nice, stays moist, less expensive) or Boston Butt (shreds great, stays moist, added flavor of the bone)

2-5 Tbl. vegetable oil  

 

Dry Rub:

2 Tbl. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. dry red pepper flakes

2 tsp. cumin

1 ½ tsp. roasted garlic seasoning

1 tsp. salt  

 

Mid Cooking:

2 cans coca cola/coke (12 oz. each) not diet, you need the sugar in this recipe

2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules ( I prefer Knorr brand) 

2  Tbl. garlic, minced or chopped

2 medium  to large onions, chopped

 

Final Phase:

2/3 cup brown sugar (used in last 2 hours of cooking)  

 

Serving Condiments:

1 box of Rice a Roni Chicken and Garlic flavor, prepared as directed on the box, with the exception of reducing the water by 1/8-1/4 cup water

Beans:  your choice of how many to use – rinse and drained – black, small red, pinto; I like to have one of each out as a choice

Shredded lettuce

Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Tomatillo Sauce, directions below

 

 

Tomatillo Sauce

Ingredients:

1/2 pint (1 cup) buttermilk

1 cup real mayonnaise (can use light)

1   8oz cream cheese (can use light)

1 pkg. (or 3 Tablespoons) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

1 tsp. roasted garlic & herb seasoning (I use Grill Mates brand, but any will do)

1/2 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning

6 -8 fresh tomatillos, husk & rinse

2 cups cilantro (approximately 1 medium to large bunch – rinse and use leaves and use care not to use too many stems)

1/4 – 1/2 tsp. hot sauce   (better to start with less and add to your desired taste in heat)

 

 

Directions:

Sweet Pulled Pork

Sweet Pulled Pork

In a fry pan pour in a bit of oil, bring to heat; 

Pork in frying pan browning on one side

Sweet Pulled Pork

Brown the pork roast on all sides.

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Sweet Pulled Pork

Pork in frying pan browned gold brown on all sides

This step is optional, but brings out the best flavor.

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Mix the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl. 

Place the browned pork roast in the crock pot and mix the dry rub ingredients together and rub over the roast.

Add in 1/4 cup water and cook on low from 8pm till 9am. (The juices from the pork will release, but it will appear dry when you first start to cook it.)

Sweet Pulled Pork

Pork roast with dry rub on it

opyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

In the morning DRAIN off MOST of the liquid and then add:

2 cans coke (12 oz. each), not diet, you need the sugar in this recipe

2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules ( I like Knorr)

1 Tbl. garlic, minced or chopped

2 med. to large onions, chopped Sweet Pulled Pork

Now put the cover on the crock put and let it cook on low from 9am until 4pm. 

Put the cover on the crock pot and let it cook on low from 9am until 4 pm.

Sweet Pulled Pork

Cooked pork roast ready for next step

When it is done it will appear like this:

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe 

Sweet Pulled Pork

Cooked pork roast ready for next step

OR I have even had it look more like this depending on the meat, and it works just as well either way

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

At 4pm carefully so not to burn yourself, put the meat into a large bowl to shred it more easily. 

Sweet Pulled Pork

Juices and sauce from pork roast in pan simmering to thicken sauce and intensify flavor

Before shredding the meat, pour the liquid from the crock pot into a large fry pan.

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork crock pot or slow cooker recipe

Bring the liquid from the pork roast to a medium boil; continue to cook for 5 minutes.

Sweet Pulled Pork

Thickened and ready sauce

This step thickens the sauce and intensifies the flavor.

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Meanwhile, shred the cooked meat; taking out any bones if you used the cut of pork with bone-in.  Of course any fat; discarding it and anything unsightly.

Sweet Pulled Pork

Pulled pork using Bear Paws

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these BEAR PAWS that Stan bought for me a few years back.  The beauty of these ‘claws’ is that you can grab them and in must minutes have shreds of beautiful meat with little effort at all!

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

The BEAR PAWS do not tear the meat, it shreds it instead keeping the tenderness and allowing the moist juices to remain. The meat is beautiful and doesn’t tear at the meat making it tough by destroying the fibers or ripping it to pieces.  You can get to the link HERE if you are interested in finding out more about one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets.

 

Pour the reduced liquid  and the 2/3 cup of brown sugar into the shredded meat.

Sweet Pulled Pork

Pulled pork with sauce and brown sugar mixed in now in crock pot

Mix well.  Remember this is SWEET Pork, but it’s not overly sweet, just extraordinary!CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Sweet Pulled Pork

Pulled pork with thickened sauce and brown sugar

Return to the crock pot and cook on LOW for another 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to marry and the meat to heat through completely.

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

During this last cooking time, check on the meat periodically and if you do not have as much liquid as you would like, add in some very strong chicken broth (or water and bouillon mixed) 

Now to put it together!

Sweet Pulled Pork

Two Sweet {Pork taco syle on a plate, one with Tomatillo Sauce.

Serve shredded pork in tortillas:

 1 box prepared Rice a Roni “Chicken and Garlic” flavor, except use 1/8 – ¼ cup less water than directions call for on the box.

Drained and rinsed beans of your choice: pink, red, black or pinto beans

Shredded Lettuce

Shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Sweet Pulled Pork

Food processor with Tomatillo sauce ingredients in a bowl with the sweet pork burritos and tacos

Tomatillo Sauce – recipe below (don’t skip this one!)

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

TOMATILLO SAUCE

Directions:

Sweet Pulled Pork

Food processor with Tomatillo sauce ingredients in it

Combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, cream cheese, ranch dressing (dry mix), roasted garlic seasoning, Montreal Steak Seasoning, tomatillos, cilantro and hot sauce in a food processor.CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Sweet Pulled Pork

Food processor with Tomatillo sauce ingredients in it now combined

Mix until very well blended.CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Sweet Pulled Pork

Food processor with Tomatillo sauce ingredients in a bowl to be chilled

Remove to a covered bowl and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.  This makes quite a bit.

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Let’s talk about Tomatillo PeppersSweet Pulled Pork

Tomatillos are found in the produce section and come in a husk, as shown at the top of the bowl.

Peel back the husk and check the tomatillos for bruises, dark spots, shriveled or wrinkled areas or any bad spots.

After husk is removed, rinse with water, but they will still have a bit of a waxy feel to them. 

Use whole, or cut into halves or quarters.  Do not remove seeds or outer layer; just pop the whole Tomatillo into the food processor or blender with all the other ingredients. 

 

ENJOY!

Sweet Pulled Pork

CopyCat Costa Vida and Cafe Rio Sweet Pork slow cooker, crock pot recipe

Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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