Well hello there bloggies! How was everyone’s Sunday? It was rainy and cold here but despite the weather I had a most fantastic day I must say 🙂
After my friends had to hit the road back to D.C., I got started on prepping the barbecue dinner!
First up was a healthy modification on coleslaw, loosely based on this recipe.
Here is an approximation of what went into the mix, I was eyeballin’ it
- package of shredded cabbage (coleslaw mix)
- 2 tblsp mayo
- 1/2 container FF plain yogurt
- 1 to 2 tblsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tblsp apple cidar vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- black pepper & salt
I made this earlier in the day so that by dinner time all the flavors had a chance to soak together and blend in le fridge… plus I hate really crunchy slaw and this softens it up some 🙂
Next it was time to start on the pork shoulder, which had already been coated in a rub by my peeps over at Whole Foods. I just placed it in the crockpot with about 1/2 cup water, shut and locked the lid, stuck the probe into the meat and set for 160F. Set it, and forget it! 🙂
Check out how super sweet this crockpot is, it gives you a reading of the internal meat temp as it cooks
And then automatically switches to “warm” mode once the internal temperature selected has been reached (which it checks via the probe)
Rocket science? I think not 😉
While ol’ crockie was doing all my dirty work, I whipped up a quick lunch/brunch that hit the spot 🙂
Veggie cheesy scrambled egg whites topped with salsa/plain yogurt + pumpkin butter toast, yum!
I also made a trip over to a new store, HomeGoods, that just opened in our area. If you have never been to this place & you have one nearby – GO NOW!! It is the cutest store ever (think Pier 1, World Market, TJ Maxx all rolled into one) and the prices are phenomenal!
Here just a few of the goods (oooops!) excluding a Santa apron that will make its appearance later don’t u worry 😉
I can’t wait to try these guys!
I was there for so long that The Man actually called me bc he was worried where I was haha…. another ooooops!
So back to the crockpot adventures 🙂
After about 3.5 hours ol’ crockie was dunzo
Oh sweet Jesus. I wish you friends could have smelled what I smelled (smell-o-vision Emeril style?) because it was just heavenly!
I removed the pork to get it ready for shreddin’
And got to it
This was a workout in itself!
The Man and I were grabbing bites as I did this, it was just tooooo good!
Then it was time to serve it up, using some of this recent World Market purchase (ummmm so did I mention I kinda like World Market 😉 haha ) $3.99 for this hugh jass jug, yes please!
Let’s just state for the record that this sauce is now by far one of my fave bbq sauces ev-ah, it beats my dear friend Sweet Baby Ray’s times 1000 (*gasp* I never thought I’d say that?!)
Plated up I made an open-faced sammie using some white toast…
First layer of meat and sauce
Then top with some coleslaw
Holy crap. I can’t believe I actually made this. It was so good!
- bbq meat was so tender and succulent, the crockpot is quickly going to become my new bff!
- bbq sauce selection was incredible, love this stuff
- coleslaw had an amazing flavor and not overloaded with dressing (hate that!)… it was lowfat in that it only contained about 2 tblsp mayo for the whole batch!
The Man was very pleased too
Yep. That would be Packers game day in this house…. sad for him that they lost though 😦
But back to the food haha, he thought the meat was incredible (twss? haha) and he kept saying how good the coleslaw was! This made me very happy bc (1) his bbq standards are uber-high thanks to their family friend who makes an amazing pork butt and (2) I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to sneak this low fat coleslaw version by him w/out any questions or complaints haha 😉
Alright friends, time to get cozied up to watch dem Yankees lose and eat some leftover red velvet cupcakes!
Gettin’ back on track tomorrow with a new work week (training week!) and some much needed exercise 🙂
Have a fantastic Sunday friends!