Monday, September 17, 2018

Crispy Skin Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

I will put this roast in the oven and enjoy the aroma ALL DAY LONG!

I grew up on this roast.  My family is German and Bohemian, and we always put Caraway Seed on it, and served it with sauerkraut, potato dumplings, and a brown gravy made from the roast drippings.  If you're interested, the recipe, Pork, Sauerkraut & Dumplings, is in our first Harter House Cookbook.

I bet, it’ll feed your entire family for a few days! 

It makes the best Pulled Pork and it's just plain delicious. 

There are 2 parts of the pork shoulder – the Picnic Roast (what we’re using) and Boston Butt (which comes from the upper part of the shoulder).

The Picnic roast will have meaty chunks of pork that we can literally pull apart with our fingers. It does take a little extra cooking time, and a little more patience  - and a really great value.

When you purchase a fresh picnic at Harter House, it is usually frozen. (Fresh meaning not cured, as in a ham) I have learned that if I put the roast in the oven frozen, at 350 degrees for 7-8 hours, it turns our perfect and the skin is ALWAYS crispy.

The following recipe comes from  blog.
"This recipe cooks the roast from a thawed state, at a lower temperature, for a longer period of time.
Since I am a huge fan of the crispy skin, I have always cooked the roast from the frozen state to ensure the crispy skin."  ~Shelly
  • 8 lbs. Pork Shoulder (bone-in, skin-on)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
1. Completely wash and pat dry the pork. Leave on the counter-top for 2-3 hours to come to room temperature.


2. Once the pork has been dried and is coming to room temperature (after a few hours), preheat your oven to 250F. Mix together all of the spices in a bowl.


3. Starting skin side down, pat the salt rub all over the pork to completely cover it. Once the bottom is done, flip and place on a wire rack that’s sitting over a baking sheet covered in foil. Spread the rub on all sides and top of the pork.


4. Once your oven is preheated and pork rubbed, place into the oven and bake for anywhere between 8-10 hours. I did 10 hours for my 8 lb. roast, but if you have smaller sizes or bigger sizes, you will have to adjust accordingly. You essentially want the internal temperature to be about 190F.


5. Remove the pork from the oven and cover with foil. Allow the pork to rest for 15 total minutes. Preheat oven to 500F.


6. Once pork is rested and oven to at 500F, remove the foil tent from the pork and place into the oven. We will rotate the pork every 5 minutes to allow for even cooking of the skin (YAY CRACKLINS’). There may be smoke that comes out of your oven during this process due to the fat that dripped off during the roast time burning. You can either open the window or remove this fat previous to putting into the oven.


7. Take the pork out of the oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing/digging in.


8. Serve up for family and friends alike – the pork should be completely tender, easily separating from the roast by pulling the meat off with your fingers.

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This makes a total of 20 (6 oz.) servings of Crispy Skin Pork Shoulder. 


St. Louis Style Pork Steaks


Having been partially raised in St. Louis, Missouri I grew up on pork steaks. St. Louis pork steaks are "steaks" that are cut from a pork butt. One recipe calls for the meat to be seared over a hot charcoal fire and then braised in a mixture of beer and barbecue sauce. How can you possibly go wrong with that?

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These are really simple, but the results are spectacular. I use a basic salt and pepper seasoning with a little garlic. I'd urge those of you that are barbecue masters to resist the urge to over-complicate things by adding a bunch of extra ingredients.

Start with steaks from Harter House.

4 large Pork steaks
3 Tbs Kosher salt
1 1/2 Tbs Black pepper, ground fresh
2 tsp Granulated garlic (not "powdered")
16 oz Beer (I used Bud Light)
18 oz Your favorite barbecue sauce (I used KC Masterpiece)

Note: You’ll also need two 9×13 disposable aluminum roaster pans.

Combine the salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl and mix well.
Season both sides of each steak liberally with the seasoning, then place them in zip-top bags and refrigerate at least three hours, or overnight.

St. Louis Pork Steaks (via

Start your grill and prepare for direct cooking over high heat (450-500º). Sear the steaks on each side.

St. Louis Pork Steaks (via

St. Louis Pork Steaks (via

While the steaks are searing, combine the beer and barbecue sauce in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

 Put the steaks in a single layer into the disposable aluminum pans and cover them with the beer mixture, putting half of the beer and barbecue sauce mixture into each pan.

St. Louis Pork Steaks (via

St. Louis Pork Steaks (via

Cover the pans tightly with foil.

Move your coals to one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Put the pans on the side of the grill opposite the coals and cook, indirect, for 90 minutes.

Note: Add charcoal as needed to keep the temperature at about 350º throughout the rest of the cooking time.

Remove the steaks from the pans and quickly sear them over direct heat (about 2 minutes per side). Remove to a platter and let rest for about five minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

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Makes about 6 servings

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salsa

4 ears Sweet Corn
2 whole Very Firm Avocados, Diced
1/2 Red Onion, Diced
1/2 Jalapeno, Seeded And Finely Diced
1/2 Hot Chili Pepper, Seeded And Finely Diced
1 whole Juice Of Lime
Plenty Of Chopped Cilantro
Salt To Taste
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1 teaspoon Sugar (optional)

Slice kernels off the corn, and combine it with all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate before serving.


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The spicier the pepper, the more finely you want to dice it.  

If you don't want to use a hot Chili pepper, a finely diced red bell pepper would work great and give the salsa color.  I really like the red in this.

It’s best to cover and refrigerate this for a couple of hours before serving. That’ll give the flavors a chance to get to know each other better.
Serve with white (or even better, blue) tortilla chips. Or serve it as a relish for grilled chicken…or pile it on top of a cheese omelet or quesadilla!

This is another recipe I discovered on The Pioneer Woman blog.

Whole Grilled Chicken ~ A Real Winner


I LOVE a roasted chicken on the grill. I have also cooked this butterflied Chicken in the oven, 350 degrees, about an hour.

This technique includes slicing the bird down the backside to remove the backbone before cooking. This makes a chicken more flexible so you can flatten the bird out, insuring that all parts cook evenly. Removing the backbone can be done with a sharp knife, but is easiest with kitchen shears. Some cooks may take one step further by also breaking the wishbone (clearly visible once you remove the backbone) and then cutting out the keel bone, which is the dark breastbone in the middle of the chicken. My chicken always cooks evenly when I only remove the backbone, so why bother with an extra step?
The chicken can be seasoned or marinated any way you like, but you’re definitely going to want to give this dry rub a try. More aromatic than spicy, this blend of salt, pepper, sweet paprika, chili powder, garlic and turmeric brings deep color and flavor to the bird. The skin on this grilled chicken, layered with flavors from all the spices and cooked to crispy perfection, just might be our favorite part.  Who knew grilled chicken – even the breast meat -  could be so moist?

Butterflying the chicken is largely responsible for this, but keeping the grill at a steady heat without any flare-ups is important too. If your grill has a temperature gauge, and you’ll want to keep it between 325-375 degrees Fahrenheit. I cook my chicken over white-hot lump charcoal on the barbecue (sometimes with smoke chips) and I roast the bird near the fire, not right on top of it.  Sometimes we cook our chicken on a gas grill, lowering the heat when needed and moving the chicken away from direct flames, with equal success. The last thing to remember is that the bird should be turned every 15 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.  Flipping the bird will help the chicken cook evenly and prevent burning.  “The challenge is to get the outside nice and crispy!”
A 3-4 pound chicken should take just over an hour, which gives you plenty of time to relax outside with friends in the great outdoors while your chicken roasts to juicy perfection on the grill.

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground pepper (try a mix of white and black)
  • 1-2 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika (or just sweet paprika if you can’t find the smoked variety)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder or dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
Get the grill started first, so it comes up to at least 325 degrees Fahrenheit before you put the bird on.
Mix the dry ingredients together and set the rub aside.
Set the chicken breast-side down and remove anything that’s inside the cavity. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut down each side of the backbone to remove it.


The backbone runs right down the middle of the chicken. When the backbone is removed, the chicken will fold open.


Rub the bird with olive oil then rub the spice mix generously all over the bird.


Cook the chicken with the grill lid on, checking and turning the bird every 15 minutes. Watch out for flare-ups and try to avoid letting the chicken come in direct contact with flames. Cook until an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit is reached.


ENJOY  ~~Shelly

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Italian Butter Shrimp

This recipe comes from

I made this recipe recently and everyone really enjoyed it.   I will definitely make it again. 

Cook Time:  15 minutes

1 stick butter
1 Lemon
1 Packet Italian seasoning

Melt a stick of butter in a pan.
Slice one lemon and layer it on top of the butter.
Add fresh shrimp, then sprinkle on pack of dried Italian seasoning.
Put in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Tenderloin:

Delicious and lean, Hormel Marinated Tenderloins and Loin Fillets are on sale this week at 6 Harter House Supermarkets, Buy One Get One Free. (Sept 5 - 11, 2018)
I love recipes for my slow cooker. I can put it on early and have it ready when I come home.
What could be easier?

2 pounds of Pork Tenderloin
1 cup of water
1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 tbsp minced garlic
3 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 c red wine
fresh ground black pepper

Put pork loin in the slow cooker and sprinkle contents of soup mix over it. Combine all liquid ingredients and pour over meat–make sure to coat all sides. Spread garlic over top of meat–leave as much as possible on the top during cooking. Sprinkle with pepper. Cover and cook on low for about 4 hrs. When done, pour drippings and juices into a bowl to use as a ‘gravy’.