Southern Food for the Easy Weeknight Win

I know this will be an unpopular sentiment, but I feel it’s my duty as a girl raised in the Deep South to loudly proclaim to all native Texans that the word barbeque is synonymous with slow cooked, smoky, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork. Sure, brisket is good, but pulled pork is a national treasure.

So much so that apparently it has its own holiday. It turns out that October 12 is National Pulled Pork Day. And since I have a passion for southern food, I want to share with you one of my favorite go-to family meals (or series of meals, really).

Way back in 2014, when my oldest son was just 1 year old, I tore a few pages out of a Parents magazine. The article included a grocery list and “5 Easy Meals” to get you through the week. It began by having you slow cook  a large pork shoulder, then serving half of it that first night as carnitas tacos (so. good.). A few days later, you eat the rest in barbeque sandwiches. Amazing and easy. You can cook the other recipes on the in-between days, but I have found myself making that combo of 2 dishes probably at least once every 2 months for the past 6 years. They are so easy and delicious, and all 3 of my kids love them both.

Here you see my much-loved (and a little splattered) original paper recipe, but if you’re interested in trying it out yourself, here’s a nice clean digital version. 

I have a couple of tips:

  1. Don’t bother to cube the pork before putting it in the slow cooker. I never have, and it has always pulled apart just fine.
  2. Canned pineapple chunks work for the tacos. Get the smaller cut kind.
  3. It’s best to have way more BBQ sauce than the recipe calls for. We like this one.
  4. Mix up some quick slaw with a bag of coleslaw mix and some dressing. Then plop a spoonful right on top of the pork before you put that top bun on. It’s a game changer.

And that’s it. The Texas side of me loves the tacos. The South Carolina side of me loves the barbeque sandwiches. It’s a winning recipe every time in my house, and I hope you enjoy it too. Happy National Pulled Pork Day!

About the Author

Carrie Thomas is a mother of 3 (Hailey 2, Caleb 4, and Jackson 7) and has been a CECPTA blue and yellow group member for almost 2 years. She moved to Carrollton from New Jersey in the winter of 2018 when her husband accepted a job at UTD. She is a middle school English teacher in Carrollton and loves spending time with her family, reading dystopian YA novels, and unwinding with a glass of wine and one of the well-written Netflix shows.

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