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When a Vegetarian Loves Her Family

21 Nov

I am making pulled pork.

about 3 pounds of pulled pork

I don’t eat it, but my mom’s family is rather large, and I decided to make some to take to the family Thanksgiving gathering.  While I’m at it, I decided to do another batch to freeze for me.  Then, when I have family show up (or come help while I’m kidding), I have something I can quickly fix for them to eat.

I started with Iowa produced pork loin.  My batch is for about 9 pounds of meat.

For seasoning I mix:

  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 3 Tbsp salt

Sprinkle it over the meat.

You can put it in a roasting pan and bake it in the oven, but I am using my electric roaster.  I like that it has the rack to set the loins on.  I also start with the fat side down.

Then add some liquid, but not rinsing the seasoning off the meat.  I used veggie stock because that’s what I have, but you could also use chicken stock.  I added one 32 oz. box.

Bake it a 300º F. After the spices all dissolved, I turned it over.  About an hour later, I turned it again.  This has the fat side down again, and by the time it’s done roasting, the fat will have probably mostly fallen off.

You know it’s ready when you put your fork in it and it falls apart.  Roasting time will depend on how big the loins are, but it will be four or five hours probably.

I let it cool a little bit and then finished pulling it apart.  I picked out the little bit of fat that was still attached (and fed it to Snickers).

It works really well to divide it into ziploc bags and add the liquid (straining the fat out) and freeze it.  When it’s time to serve it, let it thaw and heat it up in a crock pot.