Wednesday, July 11, 2012

No-sweat summer cooking: pulled pork and apple-raisin slaw

Welcome back to my weekly post that I'm calling "no-sweat summer cooking" - meal ideas that are light and simple to prepare, don't heat up the house (or you!) and are hopefully delicious and kid-friendly.  Click here to see last week's post.

Here's my meal idea for this week - pulled pork on a bun and apple-raisin slaw.

This meal is super-easy to prepare, but it does take a bit of forethought.  The pork is done in the slow cooker - you can find the recipe here - so it's not a last-minute kind of meal.  But it sure was good!  The recipe calls for pork tenderloin (which I did use, because I had some in the freezer for far too long and it needed to be used up), but you could also use a different cut of meat, because it's sure to be tender after cooking all day (in root beer!).  Then just pull it apart (it comes apart so easily!), add some BBQ sauce and put it on a bun.  This recipe makes quite a bit, so you can put your leftovers in the freezer and enjoy it again another day.  You can find the recipe for the apple-raisin slaw here.  I thought it was pretty good, although I think I may have put a bit too much vinegar in the dressing.  Oh well!  It was quite simple to make - took maybe 5 minutes to throw together (but I used bagged coleslaw - I guess it would take a bit longer if you were chopping it all up yourself).

The meal was a hit with the adults (we invited my parents over, last minute, for a belated birthday dinner for my mom), but not so much with the kids.  I thought Emmett might like the meat and the bun, but he barely touched anything on his plate.  A few bites of bun and maybe some apples and raisins picked out of the salad was about it (although it could be that the company was distracting to him).  Annika tried a bite of the meat and decided she didn't like it (it was barely in her mouth when she started to tell me that she didn't like it :P), but she ate a whole bun, the carrots and most of the slaw.

I'm not sure if I'd make this again for just our family, but it's a great meal to make for having company over because it's easy, it makes a lot and there's very little clean up afterwards.

Do you have a "no-sweat summer cooking" meal idea to share?  Leave a link to your blog post (or to a recipe online) in the comments!  Thanks!!


Andrea said...

Joelle l-o-v-e-s pulled pork sandwiches! I have this on my list to make in the very near future, but this was a good reminder!

Does this have any root beer flavour when it's all said and done? Root beer is far from my favorite flavour...

pam said...

Hey Andrea,
There's really no root beer flavor to the meat, especially once you douse it in BBQ sauce. I tasted the meat before adding the sauce, and I couldn't taste any root beer (to my disappointment - I really like root beer). You could also try a different kind of pop - apparently Carey's sister uses Coke when she make pulled pork. I'm sure Pepsi would also work well... ;)

Kristin said...

I think I'll try this with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. We're not much of a pork-eating house-hold and I do miss pulled meat on a bun...

A hot-weather meal around here usually involves a salad of some sort. We're also huge fans of sandwiches, and my DDH makes a mean sandwich no matter how few ingredients we seem to have on hand... Sandwiches are beautiful, sandwiches are fine... ;)