My slowcooker spent the summer on the shelf that I can't reach without the help of a stool (or a Shawn.) We aren't ready to retire the bbq yet but we're also not willing to use it in the rain, (I'm not convinced that it's safe. Electric bbq + rain = disaster? Anyone have any thoughts on this?) so the slowcooker awoke from his summer slumber last night (my slowcooker is definitely a "he" - don't ask me why, it's just a vibe I get.) This morning, I woke up hours before my alarm went off to the gorgeous smell of pork simmering away in chicken broth, onions and an absurd number of garlic cloves. I hate pork - HATE IT - with the exception of bbq pulled pork. There's something luxurious about pulled pork (it probably has something to do with the amount of time it takes to make it.) Stella was having a fit in her crate and as soon as I unlatched it she tore out of the bedroom, intent on finding the source of the yummy smells. I may or may not have spooned some of the cooking broth over her kibble this morning (just don't tell Shawn - I'm pretty sure that her digestive system would not have appreciated my gesture and he probably had a few surprises to deal with after I left for work.)
The pork has to cook overnight because it needs a full 12 hours to reach its full tender-potential. If it's not tender enough it won't shred properly. The shreddiness is the key to good pulled pork. I shredded the pork this morning before putting it in the fridge (it won't shred properly if it's too cold.) Tonight I will mix the meat with some Coke and bbq sauce and bake it in the oven for an hour. Shawn will have his pulled pork on a crusty roll but I'll eat mine on a green salad so I can pretend that I'm healthy. If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll bake an acorn squash and serve the pork in it.
Can you tell it's lunchtime? I am so hungry.
I seem to be really bad at updates lately. I posted briefly about Stella's contest and going to Montreal and the epic party and our furniture angst but I failed to follow up. Now that the wedding recap is finally finished (umm...WAHOO!) I have no excuse. This will be a week of updates. Pictures included.