Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BBQ Pork - Complete Meal

I'm from Iowa.

That can mean a lot of things, but over this meal my husband and I agreed that one of those things is that when we say "BBQ" we expect a sweet sauce.

This isn't that. Like - at all.

Still, being a HOMEMADE sauce, I kind of loved it. It has a little kick, but nothing my kids couldn't handle so I don't think it was too horrible.

We've decided to call it a southwestern BBQ pork. It's fitting.

Obviously I served this with broccoli, and those slightly charred bits of goodness are sweet potatoes. As a general disclaimer, I don't even like sweet potatoes. But these ARE GOOD. 

Here is what I did: 

I had to make the sauce! This takes about 30 minutes, but can be done ahead of time. The sauce makes a lot -- we definitely have more leftover so make sure to have a tupperware container or something with a lid you can store it in! 

6 oz. tomato paste 
1 cup beef stock (I made this the day after the pot roast, so could use up some more beef stock!) 
1/2  yellow onion
2 large cloves garlic 
1 Tbsp.  dijon mustard 
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 tsp. red pepper 
1 tsp. cumin 
1 tsp. black pepper 

Chop garlic and onions finely. (I used a food chopper for ultimate fine chopping!) :) 
Put all ingredients in large sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 
Reduce heat and let simmer about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. 

Done-zo.  Pretty simple, right?  

So, with that the rest of the meal goes like this: 

Pork (we used ribs, but you could use pork roast, loin, chops, etc) 

Salt and pepper pork and place in crock pot on low for 4-6 hours. Top with desired amount of BBQ sauce.
Wash and chop broccoli and boil (or steam) just before you are ready to eat.

Now. These sweet potato fries -- OH MY!  Simple. Delicious. You are welcome.

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced  
2 Tbsp olive oil 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp brown sugar 
1 tsp paprika 
Preheat oven to 400.
Place all ingredients in a ziploc bag. Shake to coat. 
Pour onto cookie sheet. 
Bake for 10 minutes, flip potatoes, and bake for 10 more. 

Although this looks lengthy, its pretty easy to put together and the clean-up wasn't horrible either. My kids really gobbled this up, so I think its safe to say its family friendly, too! Happy Cooking!