Pulled Pork and Cornbread

I have fallen in love with my crockpot!  I got a new one for Christmas from my dad and stepmom, a nice big 7qt one…mind you we are a household of two people but we put this to some good use.  After spending two very long weeks in New Jersey I came home with a horrible cold and no energy so I decided that it would be a week of easy and/or crockpot recipes.  I have been so excited to start using the crockpot and one of my new cookbooks (which I won from the lovely Shirley of GFE) “Make It Fast, Cook It Slow” by Stephanie O’Dea (A Year of Slow Cooking).  Her cookbook is fantastic, over 300 recipes all in the crockpot and all gluten free.  Over the holiday I had been flipping through the book trying to figure out what to make first and we decided on the Korean Ribs recipe (That recipe will be posted soon but just a quick summary of it – they were awesome!).  While looking through the cookbook Bryan saw the Pulled Pork Recipe and requested that “we”, meaning I make that soon.  I’m not the biggest fan of pork but I said sure, lets give it a shot.  We didn’t have all the ingredients listed in the recipe but we had a very large bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (Bryan’s favorite) so we used that instead.  I have to say it came out really really good.  Normally one would eat pulled pork on a nice roll but seeing as I didn’t have or didn’t make any gluten free rolls, I made some cornbread instead.  I used Orgran Natural Foods Gluten Free Cornbread.  This I have to say is my favorite gluten free cornbread.  The taste, texture and the fact that I could use it as bread to make a sandwich is just awesome. Even Bryan, my cornbread loving non-gluten free boyfriend said it was his favorite, and he is very picky about his cornbreads.

Have you checked out Orgran’s website? All Orgran products are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Diary Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, GMO Free and Vegan! So if you are a family with multiple allergies, you should really check them out. I have also had the pleasure to try their Gluten Free Easy Bake Bread Mix – YUMMM.  I used this bread with my favorite Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.  Great texture and flavor to this bread, perfect for sandwiches and/or toast in the morning.

Pulled Pork – Slow Cooker Recipe

1 2-3 pound pork loin

1 large bottle of BBQ Sauce  (Sweet Baby Rays is Gluten Free!)

1/2 cup water

In a crockpot place the pork loin and between 24-30 oz of Gluten Free BBQ sauce (one large bottle) and 1/2 cup water.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender enough to shred with a fork…trust me this will fall apart.  Mine was at this point around 5 1/2 hours but I let it cook for six.



Sweet Baby Ray’s (review)

Back East we have “cook outs” where you cook outside on a grill, usually some steaks, BBQ chicken, veggies etc.  However, when I moved to California people call cook outs BBQ’s, which I found a little confusing.  I was invited to my first BBQ thinking “oh, nice we are going to have some BBQ pork or chicken”.  No, there was NO BBQ sauce to be found anywhere.  Cooking on a grill (or as they call it here, a BBQ) was what they were talking about all along.  Needless to say I was a bit disappointing and still haven’t gotten over the difference from one coast to another.  In my mind to have a BBQ – you must have BBQ sauce!! (I know I’m not alone on this, but people here think I’m crazy)

Since moving here and being to many BBQ’s with out BBQ sauce I realized a few months ago, that I haven’t had BBQ sauce in years!!  Bryan is always raving about this one brand, his all time favorite to be exact – Sweet Baby Ray’s.  I said well if its gluten free, lets try it. I read the back of the package and I didn’t see anything containing gluten/wheat so I went online and sure enough its gluten free!! Its a good thing that it is, because I don’t think he can live with out it, and he is very excited that I can eat it.  Here is what it says on their website:

Is the product gluten-free?

All products except for the meatballs with sauce are gluten free.  Always read labels closely for ingredients before consuming.

This stuff is AMAZING.  Such a great flavor, not too over powering but the perfect balance of tangy sweetness.  Its thick and has a little bit of a kick to it.  I’ve only tried the original one but they have several other flavors: Honey, Hickory & Brown Sugar, Ray’s Hot ‘N Spicy and Sweet Vidalia Onion. Probably one of the best sauces I have had.  You can pretty much find this everywhere so if you haven’t tried it yet you should.  It’s almost summer time lots of grills will be heating up waiting for some BBQ chicken!! I don’t we’ll ever have another kind of BBQ sauce in our house.

I don’t own a grill right now (and hopefully we’ll be able to get one when we move to Rhode Island) so tonight I’m baking some chicken drumsticks that have been brushed with Sweet Baby Ray’s and when they are just about finished I’ll pop them under the broiler for just a little bit to get that char on them.  Then of course I’ll be dipping the meat in the sauce 🙂 Tonight’s meal will be some steamed broccoli, Sweet Baby Rays Chicken and a tomato and cucumber salad.  Light and tasty.