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Insane Crockpot Pulled Pork

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Hola pork fans! This is a quick and easy favorite (I am saying this blindly, since Robb has made pulled-pork before and I have not) that we decided to make our way and have a little fun with. We hope you love it!

There are a couple of different cuts of pork that can be used for this. We picked up two tenderloins at Trader Joe’s for ours. Shortly after we brought those babies home, we chopped some of our favorite fresh herbs (all ingredients listed below) and fresh garlic cloves – then proceeded to sprinkle all of that goodness over the tenderloins. You will probably come to notice that we like our food a bit on the spicy side; so, naturally, we added a bit of red pepper flake and dried cayenne powder. Then, those bad boys got wrapped up tightly in saran wrap to marinate overnight. Oh yeah and I might’ve punched them a few times, just for good measure (or to tenderize them).  The next morning before he left for work, Robb put the marinated tenderloins in the crockpot and turned it on low (because he is awesome). When we got home later that day we had some insane pulled pork ready!  We made tacos one night and grilled sandwiches the following as this makes plenty for several meals.

What you’re going to need:

– Two Pork Tenderloins

– 1 18 oz Jar Apricot preserves

– 1 18 oz bottle BBQ sauce

– 1 Red bell pepper

– 1 Small Honeycrisp Apple

– 1 Yellow onion

– 1 Mandrin orange

– Garlic (fresh)

– Sage

– Basil

– Rosemary

– Pepper

– Candied Ginger

– Cayenne Pepper powder

– Red pepper flakes

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Let’s start with the pork.  Season your cut of pork with finely chopped sage, basil, rosemary, garlic, and cracked pepper.  Add cayenne powder and red pepper flake to taste. Wrap the meat up in saran wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

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Grab your crockpot and add a full jar of apricot preserves and BBQ sauce (we love Sweet Baby Ray’s). Following that, add chopped bell pepper, apple, onion and mandarin orange. The ginger, cayenne and red pepper flake are an optional kick if you would like a little spice in your dish. We left the sauce in the refrigerator overnight and the next morning added the pork and let it cook on low for eight hours. When it’s done, the pork is so tender you can pull it apart with two forks.

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You can enjoy this pulled pork in tacos, sandwiches or whatever else you can think of. Side dishes can also be a simple component to add to make this a complete meal. We made simple oven baked home fries with the tacos and a cole slaw with the sandwiches. Check back later for recipes for those delicious and easy sides!

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Soup and Salad

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For our first post we wanted to start with something simple yet insanely good (and healthy). There are a lot of cold wet days in the Pacific Northwest and after a long shift at work, there is nothing better than a quick, easy, and hot meal.

What you’re going to need:

– Trader Joe’s (or Pacific) Roasted Red Pepper Tomato soup
– Red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
– Pepper Jack cheese
– Cheese of choice (We recommend Trader Joe’s White Stilton with Apricot)
– One fresh mandrin orange
– 1/3 yellow onion
– 2 large garlic cloves
– 1 Carrot
– 1/2 Zucchini
– Baby Kale
– Spinach
– Grape or cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
– Red pepper flakes
-Fresh Basil
-Salad dressing of choice (We recommend Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar)

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For the soup we used one of our favorites – Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Tomato soup. We added 1/3 of an onion along with 2 garlic cloves (chopped of course). We also diced up 1 whole bell pepper, half a zucchini, and a carrot to add to the mix. Baby Kale and sliced grape tomatoes are an awesome addition to this. For spice we added red pepper flakes.  Let it cook until all the veggies are tender and top off with pepper jack cheese and fresh chopped basil. 

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Salad is always easy and doesn’t really need an explanation but this how we do it. We made a spinach salad with grape tomatoes, bell pepper, and mandrin orange slices. Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar and White Stilton cheese with Apricot makes this salad INSANELY tasty!

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