Monday, April 24, 2017

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip with Veggies

slow cooker tritip

If you don't have a slow-cooker (Crock-pot®) or prefer to cook this in the oven, bake it at 325° for 2 to 3 hours.  Also, you could use a Harter House chuck roast or rump roast with this recipe. 

Serves 6


  • 3 to 4 pound Harter House Tri-Tip         
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds medium potatoes, quartered or cut into 1 to 2-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 large carrots, quartered or halved lengthwise and cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces

Rub Paste Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Vegetable seasonings:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano or basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • dash of dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl.
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  2. Rub the paste all over the roast and put into a food storage bag.
  3. Marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour or as long as overnight.
  4. Put potatoes, onion, and carrots into a 6- to 7-quart slow cooker.
  5. Drizzle with the 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  6. Add parsley, rosemary, oregano or basil, dill, tarragon, salt, and pepper.
  7. Toss to coat thoroughly.
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  8. Place the roast on the vegetables.
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  9. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  10. Enjoy your Sunday and Enjoy your Supper!
    slow cooker tri-tip

This recipe comes from the Great Friends Blog Post.  It looks delicious!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders with Mustard

Sometimes, I give you my tried and true recipes, and sometimes I run across a recipe that sounds wonderful and I want to share it, before I've had a chance to try it.  This is one of those recipes.  It looks awesome.  The process is very similar to what I've done in the past.  I'm definitely going to give this one a try! 

This will work great with a Pork Shoulder or a Pork Butt. 
Bone-In Boston Pork Butts are on sale this week, April 26 - May 2, 2017, for $1.99 lb.

2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 garlic powder
1 teaspoons teaspoon onion powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Boston butt Roast

2 cups distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

24 small buns
6 tablespoons butter (optional), melted
Thinly sliced sweet or dill pickles

Combine the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl and stir to mix. Sprinkle the rub all over the pork, patting it onto the meat with your fingertips. Let the pork cure at room temperature while you make the mop sauce.

Make the mop sauce. Combine the vinegar, mustard, water, salt and pepper in a large nonreactive mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup of water, and whisk until the salt dissolves.

Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium-low. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips or chunks in a smoker box or smoker pouch and run the grill on high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium-low. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center, preheat the grill to medium-low, then toss 1 cup of the wood chips or chunks on the coals.

When ready to cook, place the pork, skin side up, if there is one, in the center of the hot grate over the drip pan and away from the heat. Cover the grill. Cook the pork until darkly browned on the outside and very tender inside, 4 to 6 hours. To test for doneness, use an instant-read meat thermometer: The internal temperature of the pork should be about 195 degrees F. If the pork starts to brown too much (and it probably will), cover it loosely with aluminum foil, but remember that the browned bits are good, too. Every hour for the first 4 hours, swab the pork with some of the mop sauce, using a barbecue mop or basting brush. If using a charcoal grill, every hour you’ll need to add 12 fresh coals and 1/2 cup of wood chips or chunks to each side.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board, cover it loosely with aluminum foil, and let it rest for 20 minutes before pulling or chopping. Place the pork slices in an aluminum foil pan. If you are not quite ready to serve, cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it on a warm—not hot—grill or in a low oven.

If desired, brush the buns with the melted butter and lightly toast them on the grill. Load each bun with pork and slather with South Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce. Top with pickle slices and serve at once.

South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, finely chopped        
1 clove garlic, minced        
1 cup Dijon mustard        
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar        
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar        
1 tablespoon hot sauce (preferably Crystal), or more to taste        
Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

Melt the butter in a heavy nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft but not brown, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the mustard, brown sugar, vinegar, and hot sauce and add 1/2
cup of water. Let the sauce simmer, uncovered, until thick and richly flavored, 6 to 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more hot sauce as necessary and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving. In the unlikely case you have any mustard sauce left, store it in a clean jar in the refrigerator. It will keep for at least a week; bring it to room temperature before using.

You could use a different sweetener, substituting honey or molasses for the brown sugar. Use 3/4 of a cup of honey. If substituting molasses, start with 3/4 of a cup, but taste for sweetness—you may need to add a little more, since molasses is not as sweet as brown sugar.