Sunday, March 27, 2011

Soda Pop Pulled Pork with a Spicy Cilantro Pesto






Just in the last year I became a Christian. This is a whole new world to me, lots to learn and I am just gobbling it up. Like always my little one, Indigo is a huge influence in my life and I am really enjoying sharing my new faith with her.



Each night we pray. It is so very adorable for my daughter to stop me as I leave her room for the night and remind me that we need to pray.



Our prayers are quite simple, I let her lead.









“Dear God, Bless Daddy, Mommy, Indigo, Grandma, Grandpa, Jake (current boyfriend of hers) Praise Jesus, Amen.”



Well last night she strayed! At the part where she normally says “Praise Jesus” she was mumbling…I repeated the statement and she said :



“NO Mommy, I said praise Cheez it’s! – not Jesus!”


Oh my little heathen.









Ingredients for Pulled Pork
Delightfully borrowed from Pioneer Woman
{Printable Recipe}

• 1 whole Large Onion
• 1 whole Pork Shoulder/Butt - 5 To 7 Pounds
• Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
• 1 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
• 24 ounces of Dr. Pepper
• 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar









Directions for Pulled Pork


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.



Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.



Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour all of the Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.









Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it’s not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.



Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, pour another ½ cup of cooking liquid over the pork.



Now let’s add some more spice!









Ingredients for the Cilantro/Jalapeno Pesto
{Printable Recipe}

1 ½ cup Cilantro
½ Jalapeno, chopped
¼ cup blanched almonds
¼ cup Olive Oil









Directions for the Pesto


Place it all in your food processor and blend! Easy Peasy, sinfully good! If you like super heat add the whole jalapeno.



And now the story ends, I served this pulled pork and spicy pesto on Mini Sweet Hawaiian Rolls, the were outrageously good.



Much better than Cheez it’s!







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52 comments:

Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen said...

Yes, Cheese its deserve praise, but for completely different reasons than Jesus. This pulled pork looks wonderful!

Just Cake Girl said...

OMG this looks so good!!!!!

egbkid said...

Yum, this looks good! Some of the things kids say at this age are so cute, and i love the seriousness of it all. Last week my 4 year old nephew was eating gummy worms, he bit the 'head' off one and when i said "Oh, poor worm", he sighed and said "It's just candy!' as if he had explained this to me a dozen times!

Eva said...

Pulled pork with pesto? Sounds incredible! I've never heard of those two being put together, but its a genius idea :)

Yummy Mummy said...

Congratulations on your new faith! And the flavors in that recipe sound fabulous... On a sidenote - I went to Point Loma for college down by you :)

SprinkleBakes said...

Food aside, I pretty much love everything about you. :)

Ok, I love your food too.

LDH said...

Bless her little heart and her momma too for teaching this precious child about Jesus. Reminds me of Isa 40:10

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Delicious recipe ~ looks like both your tummy and your heart are in the right place :)

Abby said...

How wonderful to be able to pray with Indigo. I noticed my little Carson (turned 2 in feb) pray for the first time this past week. No words really but had his hands over his eyes and mumbled :) Love the pesto sauce for this!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love toddlers. :) My brother in law cooks his ribs in dr. pepper, and they're the best I've ever eaten. Your pulled pork sounds just as delicious. :)

Pacheco Patty said...

Such a fun and tasty looking recipe, I like this for a tailgate party contribution.
Your photos look great, I'm jealous, is that sunshine I see there outside your kitchen window?
Cute story, I have a few grandchildren at the toddler age, so sweet;-)

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

My dad used to do this. Oh the memories of the soda meat. LOVE IT!

Faith said...

Hahahahha! That is the best story!!!! Cilantro pesto sounds like it would be a party in my mouth!!!

Julie said...

Praise cheez-its...too cute :) I guess all good things really do come from Him! The sandwich is definitely heaven sent, YUM!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love pulled pork sandwiches and your cilantro pesto is a great addition! Yummy.

Cheers,

Rosa

Michael Toa said...

Goodness gracious! That looks heavenly delicious. I love pulled pork and the cilantro pesto is a great addition. I cannot wait to make this. Yum!

Tamara said...

delicious!
your girl is so cute :)

girlichef said...

Yum! I was thinking that pork sounded delicious, now seeing it at your place I'm craving it even more. Praise Cheez-its!

Jenn said...

I do believe that Cheeze its need a little praise now and then :)
Ok, that sandwich looks seriously good..never thought to put pesto on my pulled pork! YUM!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I have a bunch of cilantro in my fridge right now and I'm DEFINITELY making cilantro pesto this afternoon!

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Oh, is this ever up my alley! I've made pulled pork in the oven too (slow and low, baby!) but the addition of Dr. Pepper must really throw this for a loop. The jalapeno-cilantro pesto must be amazing on all kinds of things. Great post...thanks for sharing!

Design Wine and Dine said...

I really think I have to have this sandwich - like now! Love the beautiful cilantro sauce!

The story is too cute...love it :)

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Look at that color in your pesto! Love the idea of doing it with cilantro and on top of pulled pork - oh HELL yum! Thanks for sharing Jen :) I hope you're having a great day.

Clements Family said...

I have never had pesto with pork...that sounds amazing!
I love little kids prayers...they are so funny, yet so sincere.

Sara said...

Oooooh, this looks SO yummy! Love the different flavors in there...so delish! :)

Eliana said...

God bless your baby girl. She sounds too adorable. On, and this sandwich - heavenly!

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Praise God! I am really happy for you finding this new life! The Lord bless you and your daughter always!
The sandwich looks absolutely delicious with the cilantro pesto! What an excellent idea for a condiment! Cheers!!!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

You are singing my song with this one. Love the addition of the cilantro pesto - I bet it wakes up all those flavors and adds just the right amount of freshness and zing. Delish. Can't wait to try!!

Daisy said...

this looks amazing! maybe I can incorporate the use of my new slow cooker instead of the oven!

Jocelyn said...

oh how cute!!! that is one to definitely remember and share with her when she is older! I also bookmarked that pulled pork...anything with dr. pepper is great in my book!!!

Allison said...

I made pulled pork similar to that in my crock pot, and it was great, so I'm sure this is great too! Plus, I love cilantro, so I'll have to try that pesto soon! Thanks for sharing!

Monica H said...

She's a funny one. ha!

This pulled pork looks awesome. Want a couple of those right NOW!

''Cucina di Barbara'' said...

The sandwich looks so delicious with your cilantro pesto this is a wonderful idea for seasoning.
Have a nice day, Barbara

Fashion Meets Food said...

I actually have some pop pulled pork in my freezer and now I am thinking I definitely need to make the Spicy Cilantro Pesto!

xo

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

It is 7:30 in the morning and I'm drooling over meat sandwiches LOL This looks incredibly delicious and I would love to eat a couple. Love that spicy pesto with the sweetness of the meat. YUM!

Healthy Mamma said...

HaaaHaaa! Kids are so fun.
I am soooo making this this week for dinner.
L.O.V.E. the pesto!
Cheers!

Allison said...

Ooooh I bet this was so good with the pesto! I have been wanting to try that recipe off the Pioneer Woman's site. It looks amazing!

Shannon said...

I saw PW tweeting about this recipe and my interest was peaked! But if you endorse it, it's a go. And that pesto?? Yeah, that sounds amazing and I want to eat it on everything.

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

That pesto sounds CRAZY GOOD!!!! :)

Amanda said...

this looks so amazing. i love the thought of pulled pork and pesto together! genius!

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Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Delicious n mouthwatering....looks really yum...first time here..u hv a lovely space..visit mine as time permits....
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Leesha said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That looks sooooo good!

Christa said...

How awesome that your enjoying your daughter's sense of humor!
God has one too...He probably got a big kick out of it as well.
He probably likes Cheez-It's too. ;)

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Maranda said...

Hahaha! I love how silly kids can be. This pulled pork looks so tasty. I can't wait to try it! And the cilantro pesto is such a great addition!

Candace said...

Welcome to the family! :)

I think that Jesus would love cheezits too. That is such a cute story! I have been craving pulled pork so badly lately. Yours looks absolutely delicious. I love that you've paired it with cilantro pesto. Thank you for sharing this recipe and your faith. I'm your newest follower. Have a great weekend.

Chris said...

Pulled pork, yay! I'm smoking a couple of butts for an office party Friday. They're 7 lbs each so I'm counting on an overnight smoke (cherry wood) of about 11 hours.

I have to try this jalalantro pesto, two of my favorite flavors!

Jourdan said...

Made these tonight, they were so good!!! The pesto was great with the pork. What an adorable story about your daughter. God is so good!

Jennifurla said...

Jourdan, I am so glad you enjoyed it! The leftovers ain't too bad either!

Lo-mo said...

Talk about laugh out loud funny...kids do say the darnedest things! Cheez its should be praised! The pulled pork looks so amazing. I can't believe it, Dr.Pepper? I have heard of using soda pop before but haven't yet tried it. I just may have to praise some cheez its and try it!

Elli said...

Looks sensational! I am going to try and make it over the Easter break.

Jason said...

I'm wondering--about how many sliders do you get out of one 7 lb pork shoulder?

mscupcAkers said...
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mscupcAkers said...

I'm making this for our big MNF tailgate with texas sheet cake for dessert. I'm guessing it will be a huge hit :) The spicy pesto is a great idea