2-3 pound pork shoulder roast 2 cups blueberries ½ cup apple juice ¼ cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon dried parsley ½ teaspoon dried sage ¼ teaspoon nutmeg lots of salt dash of black pepper 4-5 strips of bacon fresh parsley, chopped (to garnish)
Place pork roast in the slow cooker. Pour in the apple juice into the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour the maple syrup over the roast then add the cinnamon, dried parsley, dried sage, nutmeg and salt and pepper on top of the roast. Then finish by topping the roast off with blueberries. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Once the pork is done cooking, pull the meat out and shred. Pour some of the remaining liquid in the slow cooker on top of the pork to keep in moist and flavorful. Now cook the bacon in a pan on the stove top. When the bacon is done cooking, remove half of the fat, leaving behind some in your pan. Then place the bacon on a paper towel covered plate and let cool. Dice into pieces. Take half of the diced bacon and mix with your newly shredded pork. Mix together. Place your bacon fat pan over medium high heat. Use your hands or a large spoon to collect a ball of the shredded pork and bacon, then press down to create a patty. Put on skillet, press down more with a spatula, and let cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until crispy, then flip. Once your carnitas are crispy, add to plate, top with more bacon and some fresh chopped parsley. Serve.
2 lb. pork shoulder or Boston butt 12 oz. ginger ale 1 cup barbecue sauce 1/4 cup strawberry jelly 2 tablespoons apple cider or balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce 1 1/4 cup diced strawberries 3 strips cooked and crumbled bacon 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber 1 tablespoon seeded and minced fresh jalapeño 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 pinch salt 1 pinch ground black pepper 8 sourdough of French sandwich rolls 8 tablespoons chive and onion cream cheese, or herbed boursin cheese
Place the pork in a slow cooker. Pour ginger ale over pork, cover & cook on high for 4 hours or until meat is tender. Drain & shred using 2 forks. Meanwhile, in the last few minutes of cooking add the barbecue sauce, jelly, vinegar & hot sauce to a sauce pan. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Keep warm. Stir into shredded pork. In a bowl, place the strawberries, bacon, onion, cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Toss until combined. Split rolls. Spread roll tops with cheese. Spoon pork over bottom rolls. Top with salsa. Replace top rolls.
5 thick-cut slices of (apple-wood smoked) bacon cut crosswise in to ¼ inch thick strips
3½ pounds of cubed pork shoulder or country ribs with fat trimmed
Coarse Kosher Salt
4 large shallots, chopped (about a cup)
1 cup finely chopped parsnips
6 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
½ cup + 1 tablespoon apple brandy
2 cups low-salt organic chicken broth
12 oz’s hard apple cider
1½ pounds baby red potatoes, scrubbed and halved
2 large Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored and cut in to 1inch cubes
2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
Cook onions in a large saucepan of boiling (salted) water for 2 minutes. Transfer onions to bowl of water to cool. Peel onions & set-aside. Cook bacon in a heavy large pot over medium-heat until lightly browned. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain (a slotted spoon is helpful). Sprinkle cubed pork with coarse kosher salt and pepper, and add pork to same pot (retaining bacon fat) and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until browned, about 7 minutes per batch. Transfer browned pork to a large bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots & parsnips to pot (retaining residual pork and bacon juices & fat). Cover pot and cook, until beginning to soften. About 5 minutes. Stir in 3 teaspoons chopped sage. Stir for 1 minute. Add ½ cup apple brandy and cook until almost evaporated. Add chicken broth, hard cider, reserved bacon and pork with any accumulated juices. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until pork is tender – about 1 hour & 15 minutes. Add potatoes and pearl onions to the stew, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 30 minutes. Add apples and cover and cook until potatoes are tender. 15 – 20 minutes. Stir butter and flour in a small bowl to form a paste. Add to pot and whisk to blend. Stir in mustard, 2 teaspoons sage and 1 tablespoon of apple brandy. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until thickened, stirring often; 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Crispin Cider, 405 Central Ave SE, Suite 10, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414