It’s all my fault. I knew I was taking a risk by changing from the blue long-sleeve t-shirt to the grey short-sleeve t-shirt. You see, I’ve consistently worn the blue shirt, and the Florida Gators have consistently won since the beginning of the season.
Last Saturday I changed my shirt; last Saturday the Gators lost. Craptastically lost.
I fully admit that this loss is directly related to one woman (me), a couple thousand miles away, who’s not exactly a fan, changing from one Florida Gator T-shirt to another.
In my household, football is a big deal. My coping mechanism has been to come up with meal ideas that celebrate what I consider to be the best part of football season: food, beer, and the occasional social gathering. I first got the idea of pulled pork in the slow cooker from our friend Mandy Love in Gillette, WY (who’s kids made it for dinner, I might add (that’s how easy this is)). I paired the sandwiches with a delicious slaw of my own invention. I’ve tried out this cabbage slaw on three people who “don’t like coleslaw”… and it’s worked every time.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Pork Roast (approximately 3 lb.)
1-2 C. Chicken Stock (homemade, of course)
1 medium onion, sliced
Salt and Pepper
Mandy’s Special Sauce*
Apple Cider Vinegar
*OR* pre-made BBQ sauce
Put the sliced onion on the bottom of your slow cooker. Rest the pork roast on top and pour chicken stock over it. Season with salt and pepper and cook on low for 5-7 hours.
Remove the roast from the cooker and dispose of the liquid and onions. When cool enough to handle, tear into shreds and return to the cooker. Add sauce and heat on low or warm setting until ready to serve. Mandy didn’t give me specific quantities for her ingredients, and I have to imagine that this sauce can be made a thousand different ways and still be good. So play around with it until you find the combination you like.
Not-from-the-Grocery-Store Cabbage Slaw
1 small head cabbage (red, green, napa, no matter), cut in small strips (chiffonade)
Big glob of mayo, light mayo, or Miracle Whip
Salt and pepper to taste
Add-ins: my favorites include shredded carrots, diced tart apple (like granny smith or macintosh), walnuts, dried cranberries, and grapes (sliced in half). Pickled beets are also a great treat in this recipe.
Fluff cabbage in a bowl and mix in mayo and salt and pepper. The amounts of these ingredients is kind of up to you, but I suggest not going too heavy on the mayo… that’s what makes it taste like it’s from the grocery store. Just enough that the cabbage isn’t dry. Fold in the other ingredients and enjoy, or chill and eat later once the flavors have combined. Eat as a side, or mix in some protein like leftover chicken or pork and take it for lunch in place of a sandwich!
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