July 14, 2010

Fresh Blueberry Pulled Pork


Ingredients:
2 1/4 lb pork roast
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup chili sauce (like Heinz)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chipotle pepper flakes
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a four quart slow cooker. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Remove the pork to a plate and shred with two forks. Mash the contents in the slow cooker with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Add the pork back into the slow cooker and toss to coat in sauce.

My thoughts:
As you may have noticed, I love making pulled pork with fresh fruit. The long cooking time basically melts the fruit so it becomes part of the sauce, giving it a natural sweetness. It has been either incredibly hot here or there is torrential rain or it is incredibly humid (or all three) for weeks on end. This makes dinner planning daunting at best. Pulled pork is always welcomed (especially if one can escape into an air conditioned room to eat) and couldn't be easier to make. I prep everything the night before and just dump it in the slow cooker in the morning. A hot meal that doesn't heat up the house.