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Friday, August 17, 2018

Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ

Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game! 


Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game! Chasing Saturdays.


Pork shoulder is a great cut of pork for pulled pork. Using the crock pot is a great way to cook the pork at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time, and allows the meat to become tender enough to pull it apart for BBQ.

We attended the Indiana State Fair last weekend.  We watched our friends kids show pigs, ate lots of fair food, ate at the pork tent.  My daughter had a delicious baked potato with pork, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos on top, called loaded Potatchoes.  We drank lots of iced tea (it was a hot day) and of course, we had beignets for breakfast as soon as we got there! 

6 Fun Facts about Indiana Pork


  1. There are more than 3,000 pork farmers in Indiana. The industry employs more than 13,000 people in the state.
  2. Ninety-four percent of Indiana’s pork farms are family-owned and operated.
  3. The Indiana pork industry contributes more than $3 billion annual to the state’s economy.
  4. Pork is the No. 1 consumer of soybean meal in Indiana, consumer 500,000 tons in 2011.
  5. Compared with 50 years ago, farmers are using 41 percent less water and 78 percent less land to produce pork.
  6. Pork is Indiana’s third top commodity, and the state is the fifth-largest producer of pork in the United States
Source: https://www.my-indiana-home.com/farm/farm-facts/6-fun-facts-about-pork/6/


Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game! Chasing Saturdays.

The Skyride was installed in 2017. There is a line to ride it all day long! We still haven't been on it, but I need to do that next year. I would love to see that view of the fairgrounds, it's 35 feet high! 

Use a 7-10 pound pork shoulder, place in crock pot and add chicken broth. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.  Remove from crock pot, and use 2 forks and shred the pork.   Remove the fat, if needed. Remove all the juices from the crock pot and save.  



Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game!  Chasing Saturdays.

Return shredded pork back to the crock pot, or you can freeze the shredded pork until you are ready to use it!  Add your favorite BBQ Sauce, and adding slaw gives it a crunch that I absolutely love!



Chasing Saturdays Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game!



Chasing Saturdays. Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game!



INGREDIENTS FOR CROCK POT PULLED PORK BBQ

RECIPE
  • 7-10 pound pork shoulder
  • 24 oz. chicken broth stock
  • Bottle of BBQ Sauce
  • Pretzel Buns
  • Slaw, optional

HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT PULLED PORK BBQ


  1. Place Pork Shoulder and broth in the crock pot.  Cook on high 4-5 hours, or on low 6-8 hours.  Internal temperature should be 190-195 degrees.
  2. Remove from crock pot, and use 2 forks and shred the pork.   Remove the fat, if needed. Remove all the juices from the crock pot and save.  
  3. Return the shredded pork to the crock pot. Add some reserved juices if needed to keep pork moist.
  4. Add your favorite BBQ Sauce and stir.
  5. Serve on a pretzel bun, top with slaw if desired.

NOTES ON MAKING CROCK POT PULLED PORK BBQ


Freeze pulled pork in a freezer safe container, until ready to use.

Chasing Saturdays Making pulled pork in the crock pot is a simple meal.   Crock Pot Pulled Pork BBQ is a crowd favorite recipe to plan in advance for harvest, or bring to the game!





Thursday, August 02, 2018

Easy Back to School Meals


I can't believe school starts so soon! Our fair was just a week ago, and kids are loading up for the State Fair as we speak! 
August means, get ready, it's back to school time! Time to order school supplies, buy new book bags, and check the kids new class and sports schedules one more time! 


Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole


I have compiled some easy recipes from my fellow farm wives to help make this summer to school transition a little smoother for you! After sports, chores and homework, easy recipes will help the morning and evening routines go smother for your family.  

 Breakfast burritos from Chasing Saturdays




Overnight Oats In A Jar are the easiest way to make sure kids get a good start to the day even when they are running out the door!




I am going to give you all a special treat at the end of this post, but for those of us who are on the fly in the mornings, I'm going to share my Secret Ingredient Pancake recipe.  By adding just two simple, secret ingredients to any pancake mix, your family will be raving about your "homemade pancakes" to all their friends.  Promise!





easy taco pie


Chasing Saturday's, Instant Pot Chicken Legs


This Instant Pot Spaghetti is an easy meal to make for family dinner


This Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Casserole is easy to make and has all the yummy flavors of pizza but in a casserole! Kids (and adults) will line up for this dish!



Cheesy Smoked Sausage Bowties-pasta, cheese, bell peppers, smoked sausage - a one skillet meal to feed the family!






Easy BBQ Meatball Kabobs from My Fearless Kitchen. Heat up the grill for these Easy BBQ Meatball Kabobs. Use your favorite veggies and pre-cooked meatballs and dinner is ready in a snap on busy nights!





http://plowingthroughlife.com/easy-sausage-pizza-bubble-up-casserole/



This Cheeseburger Casserole with biscuits is an easy main dish recipe that everyone will love!




This Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is an easy recipe the whole family will love!


one pot ham and spaghetti alfredo with broccoli











Are you looking for a new crock pot recipe that will be a big hit with the family? This Slow Cooker Cheesy Ravioli Casserole is a family favorite!


http://www.chasing-saturdays.com/2018/05/moms-mushroom-meatball-casserole.html

Mom's Mushroom Meatball Casserole by Chasing Saturday's 



Egg and Ham Muffins




This post is sponsored by Indiana Soybean Alliance, but all thoughts/opinions are my own. 

Making Memories and Meals, 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Peach Salsa

My favorite part about having a garden in the summer, is growing different types of tomatoes, because we enjoy canning tomato juice, stewed tomatoes and salsa.  When tomatoes become in abundance, I make salsa. We enjoy our homemade salsa all year long.  



I have tried peach salsa before, and I wanted to try to make it in my kitchen.  Peaches add a sweetness to the tomatoes, I love the combination! 





We love peach season, because we love Fresh Glazed Peach Pie, try this recipe



I know Mrs. Wages Salsa mix is a great base to work with. I like to add MORE fresh ingredients from my garden as well. 




I like to add all ingredients to the blender and pulse until they are all chopped and in equal pieces. You can make it chunkier, to your preference. 



PEACH SALSA PRINT RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

6 pounds fresh Tomatoes
2 cups peaches
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 green pepper
1-2 jalapenos
½ cup distilled white vinegar

DIRECTIONS


  1. Wash tomatoes, cut out cores.
  2. Scald tomatoes in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, or until skins on tomatoes are starting to peel.
  3. Remove from boiling water and add to ice bath.  Remove skins. Cut tomatoes into quarters.
  4. Pulse tomatoes in blender (optional)
  5. Add garlic, peppers, and onion in processor and pulse.
  6. Add Peaches to blender and pulse.
  7. Measure out 5 pints of tomatoes, and place in large saucepan.
  8. Add 4 oz Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix.
  9. Add vinegar
  10. Heat to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  11. Boil for 10 minutes. Salsa is ready to can or freeze, or serve and enjoy!

For more information on canning tomatoes, please read  USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning.













I put salsa on grilled chicken breasts, and eggs for breakfast. 







Monday, June 11, 2018

Grilling the Perfect T-Bone Steak

T-Bones is one of my favorite meals. Ever. All cuts of beef have always been my favorite, It is the perfect meal for me. It reminds me of growing up on a cattle farm, dad cooking on the grill, family dinners. T-Bone Steaks, when grilled correctly, are best off the grill at home.  When you can enjoy T-Bone Steaks at home, it always feels like a special meal.  This summer when the sweet corn is ready, that is a perfect combination with any cut of meat. 


Ribeyes is one of my favorite meals. Ever. All cuts of beef have always been my favorite, It is the perfect meal for me. It reminds me of growing up on a cattle farm, dad cooking on the grill, family dinners. Ribeyes, when grilled correctly, are best off the grill at home.  When you can enjoy Ribeyes at home, it always feels like a special meal.  This summer when the sweet corn is ready, that is a perfect combination with any cut of meat. Chasing Saturdays


Kids won't normally order steaks when they are eating out, but mine will. When we eat steaks at home, table manners are thrown out the window, and you can find my teenage daughter eating steak with her hands.  I know I need to work on her manners, or not worry about her going on any dates when she is age - appropriate (we have decided that is 30). 


Ribeyes is one of my favorite meals. Ever. All cuts of beef have always been my favorite, It is the perfect meal for me. It reminds me of growing up on a cattle farm, dad cooking on the grill, family dinners. Ribeyes, when grilled correctly, are best off the grill at home.  When you can enjoy Ribeyes at home, it always feels like a special meal.  This summer when the sweet corn is ready, that is a perfect combination with any cut of meat. Chasing Saturdays



Grilling T-Bone steaks at home can save you money, because it is an expensive cut of meat to begin with. I have seen the prices of T-Bone steaks increase in the past years.  


Why has the price of meat gone up? 

There is a very strong demand for beef products.  When demand goes up, so does the price.  The consumer will see this all trickle down to an increased price at the grocery store. According to USDA, beef demand has gone up 12% from 2016-2017.  Not only has the demand in the US gone up, Japan is demanding more of our meat, up 26%.  In return, US cattlemen feel the pressure.  Beef supplies are increasing, but at a slower pace than the demand.  


How do I know when the grill is hot?

First important thing to do, is to clean your grates, and turn grill on to high heat.  Heat the grill to 450-500F.  Steaks cook best when you close the lid, and closely watch your steaks.  How soon you turn the steaks depends on the thickness and how well you would like them done. 



Ribeyes is one of my favorite meals. Ever. All cuts of beef have always been my favorite, It is the perfect meal for me. It reminds me of growing up on a cattle farm, dad cooking on the grill, family dinners. Ribeyes, when grilled correctly, are best off the grill at home.  When you can enjoy Ribeyes at home, it always feels like a special meal.  This summer when the sweet corn is ready, that is a perfect combination with any cut of meat. Chasing Saturdays


Should I Grill with the Lid Open or Closed?Check out My Fearless Kitchen blog, where she explains if you should grill with the lid open or closed.  I prefer to keep the grill lid closed.


What is the perfect temperature for steaks on the grill?

Steak DonenessRemove from Grill at this TemperatureFinal Cooked Temperature
Rare130 to 135°F130 to 140°F
Medium Rare140°F145°F
Medium155°F160°F
Well Done165°F170°F
Source: Internet




GRILLING THE PERFECT T-BONE STEAK

PRINT RECIPE
  1. Preheat Grill 450 - 500 degrees.
  2. Place your T-Bone steaks on a cookie sheet, and add steak seasonings, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Clean grill grates.
  4. Place T-Bone steak on grill and cook 4-5 minutes per side.
  5. Use a digital thermometer to determine internal temperature.
  6. Place cooked T-Bone steak on clean platter.