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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Miller High Life Pulled Pork

Ah...spring has finally arrived in Charleston! The tourists are here, the boat is ready and the windows are open for fresh air. Time for picnic food. I make this pulled pork when I get the craving for barbeque and the macaroni salad is new and delicious.

Miller High Life Pulled Pork

1/2 sweet onion, rough chop
3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
worcestershire sauce
cajun seasoning
black pepper
1 Boston Butt (I think ours was ~5lbs.)
1 12oz. can beer, I call this Miller High Life pulled pork because that's what was in our fridge, any beer will do
your favorite barbeque sauce (husband loves Dreamland bbq sauce, we buy it every time we go home to Alabama)

Turn the crockpot to low. Add onions and 1/2 of garlic to the bottom. Place the Boston Butt on top and douse with worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Sprinkle on the dry seasonings and the remaining garlic. Pour the can of beer around the butt to fill up the crockpot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours depending on the size. Your house will smell a-mazing.

When the Boston Butt is done (it will noticeably pull away from the bone) remove from the crockpot and shred with a fork. I always add some of the juices from the crock over it to keep it moist.  The husband said any time I want to make this "feel free." There are plenty of leftovers that have endless possibilities.

Macaroni Salad

16 oz. elbow macaroni (or any small pasta size)
celery, about 4-5 ribs, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
~ 3 tbls. sweet and spicy pickles, chopped
~ 1 tbls. or more of the pickle juice
12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, chopped
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 tbls. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
black pepper
sliced green onions for garnish

(ignore the lime in this picture I didn't use it)
Boil elbow macaroni in salted water to al dente. Drain and add to large bowl. Add vegetables and give it a stir.
Add wet ingredients and spices and mix to combine. Top with green onions. Serve immediately or chill for 1-2 hours. Great leftover as well. This is my favorite macaroni salad so far! I really like the flavors and crunch from the celery.

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