1 white onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder roast
1 (16 ounce) jar green salsa
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 serrano chile peppers, or to taste
Layer the chopped onion into the bottom of a slow cooker. Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper; place atop the chopped onion. Pour the green salsa over the pork. Sprinkle the the cilantro over the salsa and pork. Drop the serrano chile peppers into the slow cooker.
Cook on Low until the meat falls apart easily, about 8 hours. Gently remove the pork to a cutting board. Strain and discard about half the remaining liquid from the slow cooker, reserving the rest. Discard the onions, peppers, and cilantro if desired.
Shred the pork shoulder with a pair of forks. Mix the pork with the reserved liquid from the slow cooker to serve.
* Use for tacos, enchiladas, etc.
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
1/4 pound butter
1 quart water
5 pounds Boston butt roast
In a non-reactive saucepan, combine the cider vinegar, salt, brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and butter. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Mix in the water, and return to boil. Sauce the pork before smoking, and then every hour or so while it cooks.
Start the pork butt on a slow smoker using hardwood coals or charcoal briquettes and mesquite or apple wood chips. Smoke the pork for at least 6 hours and up to 10. The longer the smoke time, the deeper the ‘smoke ring’, a red ring of flavor, will penetrate.
After the meat has smoked for 6 to 10 hours, use aluminum foil to wrap the meat. Fold the edges of two sheets together to form a watertight seal. Place the meat in the center and bring the edges up to the top, cupping the meat. Pour 1 cup of the sauce over the meat and then seal the foil tightly around the roast.
Place the meat package back on the smoker, or in a 350 degree oven (175 degrees C). If it is on the smoker, increase the heat. Cook the package until the meat pulls easily from the bone. This can be checked easily by pushing on the top of the foil package with an oven-mitted hand to test for softness. It will take up to 2 hours.
Once the meat is done, remove it from the smoker or oven and let it cool. Pull the pork from the bone and discard the fat and gristle. Pull the meat apart in large chunks about 1 inch wide by 4 inches long.
Place the meat chunks in a pan and pour about one cup of sauce for every 4 pounds of meat, or to taste. Heat until simmering. Serve immediately or let marinate for several days. The meat can also be pulled into smaller pieces using 2 forks, this is locally known as ‘shredded pork’.
1 cup ground almonds
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground dried rosemary
2 pork tenderloins, trimmed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon ground dried rosemary
3 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup apple cider
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a sheet of aluminum foil in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Stir together the almonds, 1/3 cup heavy cream, honey mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon rosemary in a small bowl; set aside. Season the tenderloins with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the almond mixture evenly over the tenderloins and place them into the baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven until the almond crust is golden brown and the pork is no longer pink in the center, about 90 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Allow the pork to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
While the pork is baking, prepare the apple-rosemary sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, onions, and 1/4 teaspoons of rosemary; cook until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Once the onions are tender, add the apples and apple cider. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream, return to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until the sauce has thickened slightly and is flavorful, 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving with the pork.
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch thick medallions
1 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white wine
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
1/4 cup sliced green onions
With a meat mallet, pound the tenderloin slices to 1/4-inch thick. Combine tarragon and garlic powder in a small bowl, and sprinkle the mixture over the cutlets. Rub the seasoning into the meat, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to blend the flavors.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat until the foam disappears. Brown half of the tenderloin pieces in the butter, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Do not crowd pan. Repeat with the remainder of the pork pieces and 1 more tablespoon of butter. Set the pork pieces aside on a warm platter.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet over medium heat; stir in the flour until smooth and the mixture starts to fry. Gradually whisk in wine, stirring constantly until the flour mixture and wine are blended; stir in chicken bouillon granules and Dijon mustard. Allow the sauce to boil for 1 minute; whisk in the cream. Bring the mixture almost to the boiling point, and stir in the almonds and green onions. Pour sauce over the pork, and serve.