Sunday, September 11, 2011

First Football Sunday

Today is the first day of the official football season, and that meas Bob will be glued in front of the television most of the day.  I don't really mind because it gives me a chance to cook some great food, do a little shopping and just relax and prepare for the week ahead.
For the kickoff of football season, I made pulled pork in the crockpot.  That baby was in the crockpot at 6:30 a.m.!!  Rubbed with some spices, it cooked on low all day.  About halfway through the cook time I had to take out a lot of water and fat that accumulated because I wanted the pork to roast and not simmer.  I don't really have a recipe for the pork, just put the pork shoulder in a crockpot with about 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, rub in some spices like cumin, paprika, onion powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

I did make an awesome Carolina mustard sauce to go with the pork.  I never had mustard sauce on my pulled pork sandwich but he other other week I got to try it for the first time.  Bob and I discovered a local bar, Retro Rocks, started serving food and what great food it is!!!  In addition to their already great martinis, they started offering things like chicken tandoori skewers, pork stay skewers, great burgers, lamb burgers, homemade crab cheese, oh my!!  Anyways, one thing they offer is pulled pork sliders with your choice of sauces, one choice of which was Carolina mustard.  Being in Michigan and mustard sauce not being a popular thing, I tried it and loved it.  There was a recipe I had saved online for the mustard sauce before I tried it at Retro's, and I decided to tweak a few different recipes I found to make the sauce my own.
I am notorious for not really following or even having a recipe, but below is the closest I can come to giving you my recipe for Carolina Mustard Sauce.  I had a bottled raspberry chiplote sauce we could choose to put on the sliders as well. (pictured left) Of course the coleslaw needed to be on there too!!!  I found some great Hawaiian-style dinner rolls at the store and they were a perfect oval shape for the sliders.

Carolina Mustard Sauce
1 1/2 cups yellow mustard
1/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 TB crushed red pepper flakes
1 TB ground black pepper
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
2 TB butter
2 TB liquid smoke

In a saucepan, combine everything except the butter and liquid smoke.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add butter and liquid smoke.
Notes:  You can add more sugar as you like.  I ended up using about one cup of brown sugar.  Also, the red pepper flakes can be omitted if you don't like a little kick.  Remember every measurement is approximate with me so add  things to taste.

Before the pork was ready to be pulled, I went bouncing around to shops in my area and came across the best book bargain ever!!  For $1.99, I got this:

It is a selection of headlines from the Weekly World News.  How could I pass this bargain book up?  It makes a great coffee table book.  I am still wondering who believes the stories in this publication.  "Scientists Discover earth's Core is Actually Made of Candy!" and if you read the article beyond the screaming headline, you will find out it's not just any candy but a jawbreaker.  My favorite headline is this one:

Who knew??  The people at Weekly World News, that's who!!!!!!  And Bat Boy is quite a popular subject, he escapes, drives down the freeway, helps capture Sadam, and will run for President in 2028.  Every "picture" of Bat Boy makes him look like he is shouting some nonsense, but isn't that what most politicians do anyways?  Bay Boy for President!!  (joking)

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