Pig Skins

Pig Skins

You can assemble these game day pig skins ahead of time, if you like. For daintier eaters try pop in your mouth bite-size pig skins, make this recipe with 12 small potatoes instead. Or for a twist, substitute smoked turkey or chicken for the pork, heck make them all and pig out.

 Ingredients:

  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • A couple of green onions slice thin for garnish
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used my Root beer BBQ sauce but you can use your own)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded pulled pork (You can buy in store or make your own)

How:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prick potatoes all over with a fork then arrange on a baking sheet and bake until tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then cut in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh, leaving only about 1/4 inch of potato all around. (Save potato flesh for another use.)

In the meantime, heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook until deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes more.

Preheat broiler. Divide half of the cheese among potato skins, then top with onions. Arrange pork on onions then top with remaining cheese. Broil until golden brown and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer potato skins to a platter and serve with BBQ sauce, sour cream, salsa on the side and what else BEER!

Go Pats!

Where did potato skins originate?

According to Yahoo Answers

Sorry to tell you, but they originated with TGI Fridays. But don’t worry, it wasn’t the original store in NYC. They were actually concocted by a hungry sous chef in the Atlanta store. The year was 1974.

I still think that Friday’s skins are the best. I was introduced to them in Cupertino, California around 1977, and every Friday night would go to the bar there for skins and beer (extra sour cream, please!). Got fatter than heck that summer.

Now that’s what Fridays would like you to believe is it true? Let’s hear from you?

Won a contest!

Won a contest!

I have never entered a contest except with myself always trying to out do the time before if you know what I mean but I was told about this and said what the heck. And the Universe continues to rain on me, 4 dollar lottery winner, free desert and coffee last night at dinner and to return home to this. Hey it’s the small things in life that make it interesting.
Hi Steve,
I am very happy to announce that you have won my Barbecue Contest!
Let me tell you, your pulled pork kicks butt (no pun intended)!!!  And
I absolutely loved the root beer barbecue sauce.  It is so delicious
and kind of surprising too – I’ve used Coke in a marinade, but never
root beer as an ingredient.
So thank you so much for passing on that recipe.  I just need your
address and I can send you your gift certificate for $25 to Omaha
Steaks.  And we will be announcing your winning recipe in my latest
e-newsletter.
Deb

The winner is annoucement

www.homestarcuisine.com

Pulled-Pork with Vinegar-based and/or Root Beer BBQ Sauce recipe wins Home Star Cuisine BBQ Contest

 Steve Saver, of Milford, Massachusetts, took home the gold in Home Star Cuisine’s Ethnic and Family Barbecue recipe contest. His Pulled Pork with Vinegar-based and/or Root Beer BBQ sauce earned him a $25 gift certificate to Omaha Steaks.
The first and second runner-ups are Richard Radovsky, of Brockton, Massachusetts, and Jonathan Richmond. Radovsky submitted a recipe that originated in the Peruvian Andes, Steak Anticuchos. Richmond entered his Man O Man Barbecued Ribs. Both will also receive a $25 gift certificate to Omaha Steaks.

If you would like to try the winning recipe, go to the

Thanks to all who entered our BBQ contest………….

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Pulled Pork with Vinegar-Based and/or Root Beer BBQ SaucePulledPork
By Steve Saver,

Ingredients

3 tablespoons smoked paprika

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon dry mustard

2 tablespoons sea salt

1 5-pound pork roast, preferably shoulder or Boston butt

12 hamburger buns or 24 slider size rolls for serving (we prefer whole wheat)

Directions

Mix the spices and salt together in a small bowl and then rub the spice blend over the pork. Cover with plastic wrap overnight in the refrigerator. If you are in a hurry, let stand for at least one hour.

Preparing the sauce – Vinegar-based or Root Beer

Two methods: Oven and Grill

Oven Method

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Put the pork in a roasting pan and bake, covered, until it’s falling apart and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees (about 6-7 hours). Keep in mind the pot you are using (my heavy cast iron pan can reach 250 degrees). Remove the pork from the oven and transfer to a large platter and let rest for 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle (warm), use two forks to shred the pork. Put the shredded pork in a bowl, add barbecue sauce, and mix well to coat. To serve, place several ounces of pork on a hamburger bun and top with Spicy Slaw (see below).

Grill Method

Bring grill temperature up to high, then reduce to medium, looking to get temp between 180 to 250 degrees. Cook slow and low – I have a gas grill so I use indirect heat method.

Prepare as in Oven method. Place pork in disposable tin foil pan that has a couple of holes in bottom on the side without the heat. Grill, covered, until it’s falling apart and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees, about 6-7 hours. Turn once or twice during the cooking process. On the side with the heat, place your smoker tray. Optional: if you want you can wrap in tin foil and cook as above. This gives you moister meat but does not absorb the smoke.

Choices, choices, choices.

Why not both do meat for one hour unwrapped and then wrap and finish cooking (I like to experiment)?

Barbecue sauce (vinegar-based)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons brown sugar

½ cup hot water

1½ cups apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan, stir the brown sugar into the hot water until completely dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low heat for approximately 5 minutes.

OK I like to make double the sauce ½ for pouring over the pulled pork and the other on the side. But I know some don’t like a vinegar sauce so I always have a bottle on the side.  Maybe, don’t do the vinegar sauce and just use the bottle. It’s up to you and the preferences of your guests.

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

2 cups root beer

2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

6 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

6 tbsp. light brown sugar

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; mix well and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes until sauce is reduced by half.

Serve with coleslaw, chips and grilled corn.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

While in the film distribution business I had the great please of being transferred to New Orleans and then Texas offices for 20th Century Fox. I handling the territory including Memphis areas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida panhandle, Gulf coast, Oklahoma  and Texas but not the first run houses the small independent owners in the smaller city’s and towns. When I got transfer back to Boston I was a lot heavier and had a fond appreciation for many of the foods especially BBQ. I remember bringing my parents to Sonny Bryant’s in Dallas and my Dad, after taking a look at the outside,  saying quietly to my Mom “I am not eating here again”. We went in, were lucky enough to hit him before he ran out for the day, sat in the old school chairs and devoured some damn good sandwiches. We went back 3 or 4 times before their visit was over. That was beef this recipe is pork but I have those also. I can’t remember where I got this one but we liked it.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Prep: 30 minutes and then overnight (preferred)

Cooking: about 6 hours

Serves: 12

For the pulled pork

  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1- 5-pound pork roast, preferably shoulder or Boston butt
  • 12 hamburger buns, for serving

Mix the spices and salt together in a small bowl, and then rub the spice blend over the pork, cover, and let stand for at least 1 hour and up to overnight in the refrigerator. (In the meantime, prepare the sauce.)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Put the pork in a roasting pan and bake, covered, until it’s falling apart and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 170 degrees, about 6 hours. Remove the pork from the oven and transfer to a large platter and let rest for 10 minutes. While still warm, use two forks to shred the pork. Put the shredded pork in a bowl, add barbecue sauce, and mix well to coat. Serve with coleslaw, chips or fries, Ice tea or beer. Yes ice tea, I miss the huge glasses of ice tea served in the south and they always left a pitcher on the table when you ordered.

For the barbecue sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small saucepan, stir the brown sugar into the hot water until completely dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low heat for approximately 5 minutes.