Pulled Pork Sandwich with Gravy
Because Life Happens
I like to plan ahead. I like having an idea of what’s going to happen (haha), what I need to have prepared and a backup plan in case of changes. Since we all live in the real world together, we know that planners are the most stressed out species to ever exist. Unless we become hybrids, it’s going to be ugly.
Flat tires, rescheduled lessons, sickness, having kids in general are just a few reasons things end up a little off kilter and that’s just life. But we do have to eat.
My other half leaves for work in the afternoon and about 75% of the time I choose to make dinner. Most of that time, I have it ready by the time he has to leave. I hate to see him pack his own little sandwiches and make a bit of rice to put with whatever we have. It stresses me out that he waits until the very last second to pack his lunch and on a good day, things are ready to throw in a bag and go. The double win here is that dinner for the kiddos and I is done and I can do other things. You know, like chase them around the house making sure homework is done and checked. Making sure they are actually getting clothes ready for tomorrow so I can avoid giving them my presentation on common sense and laziness the next morning. I prep for that speech when I get the accusatory look that says, “Why don’t I have clean underwear?”
“Because the last maid quit and sends us hate mail because you guys expected the same from her that you do from me!” is the undertone of my morning lectures. The last maid I was referring to in my thought-reply was actually me last week when I said I was done taking care of them. (sigh) We’ve never had a maid. But I’m taking applications.
One time I told one of the people that live with me (I won’t say who) to go look for their requested article of clothing in the dirty laundry and find the one that was the least dirty to wear.. They actually went to do it. Poor dear. I apologized, said I was joking and pulled the needed article of clothing out of thin air- sparkling clean and everything! Ho boy am I good.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich with Gravy
So anyway, with or without kids life is an unexpected thrill ride! And thrill rides require food, preferably made before the evening hunger pains.
When life allows, put leftover pork (or beef or chicken!) in your slow cooker (or crock pot) and let it go. All of it. Take a moment to enjoy a damn cup of coffee or tea and regroup. With your slow cooker making dinner that’s one less thing for you to do.
Game Day, Busy Day or Any Old Day!
I’m not a pulled pork fan, in fact I think it’s overrated. There I said it! I am not a fan of the average barbecue sauce and I blame the excessive sweetness and lack of personality of the regular store bought sauces. Maybe I’m just not adventurous enough? I used leftover smoked pork and tossed that right in with the beer and everything, humming a little tune every time.
The gravy made this eye popping, head nodding, “can I have the recipe” good. It’s funny how that phrase is universal even when spoken in mouth-full. I don’t care for barbecue sauce but give me gravy and I’ll give you my pulled pork sandwich along with sworn friendship. Toasting the buns is a MUST, but only on the inside.
Soft bun with a crunch on the inside next to the tender pork and rich gravy…give it a try. Tell me how awesome it is after you do!
*Disclaimer: This post was never intended to imply that I am the only one that takes care of the domestic stuff at my residence. I assure you all it is a group effort. And I’m serious about maid applications.
What curveball has life thrown at your face this week?
- For the pork:
- 1 pound of leftover pork roast
- 1 cup of beer or beef stock
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 minced garlic clove
- For the gravy:
- 2 tbsp. butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 cup of beef stock + a little more if you want it less thick
- salt and pepper
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- chili powder
- Brown pork roast in a pan on all sides or use the browning setting on your slow cooker if you prefer. After all sides are browned add pork to your slow cooker , if you haven’t already, along with beer, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. onion powder and minced garlic. Naturally you can adjust those measurements to suit your preference. Maybe add a little paprika.
- With your slow cooker set to high, let it cook for 2-3 hours until pork comes apart easily with a fork. If you used a raw roast, let it sit in the slow cooker for at least 6 hours.
- Right before you are ready to serve your sandwiches, preheat a medium saucepan on medium heat. Melt butter in the pan and then stir in flour with a wisk to make a paste/ roux. Add your beef stock about ¼ cup at a time, wisking continuously. Once all stock is added, you can add stock ⅛ cup at a time and wisk for about 3-4 minutes to make the gravy your desired consistency. Taste and add seasonings to make it just the way you want it.
- Suggested serving size is just over 2.5 ounces per sandwich but you will need to adjust the amount to fit your preference.