Weekend lunches are my least favorite meal to prepare. Let’s face it, I want to sleep in. Then when I get up to make breakfast, I’m not really in the mood to turn around and begin preparations for lunch….which at that point is a mere 2 hours away….because, it’s the weekend and I just woke up. And whether we ate 2 or 4 hours ago or within the last 30 minutes doesn’t matter because growing boys are ready to have lunch at the noon hour. Period.
In comes the crock pot. Nothing better than allowing a machine do all the work WHILE you’re sleeping. I don’t even think we should call it a crock pot or slow cooker. That doesn’t really seem worthy. It’s an underutilized miracle in modern technology, really.
So around 11:30 pm Friday or Saturday night, put a large cut of pork into your miracle. I use whatever I have on hand. This time, it was a bone in pork butt roast that I purchased for $11.95 at the local grocery store. I know. There’s a lot going on in that sentence. But it’s the truth. I buy meat on sale and freeze it all the time as a cost saving measure. I pull the meat from the freezer, thaw just enough to be able to remove from packaging and stick into the crock pot.
Drizzle a little allergen free BBQ sauce across the top, cover and allow to cook on low for 12 hours. This is my favorite allergen free BBQ sauce here. I use the original and know for a fact it’s gluten, dairy, soy and egg free because I spoke to the company directly.
After 12 hours, and right about the time you are finishing your breakfast, remove the meat from the crock pot and shred it in a separate bowl using two forks. Then pour in roughly 1/3 cup of the BBQ sauce into meat and stir until well coated. I also salt and pepper to taste at this time.
Next, heat 2 T of canola oil into a large skillet on medium high heat. Add all the meat and press down. Don’t stir it. Allow it to sear and brown. At the 2 minute mark, flip the meat and do the same with the opposite side for another 2 minutes. Then immediately remove all the meat and put back into your storage container until ready to serve.
I immediately ready our favorite store-bought allergen free buns, Ener-g brown rice hamburger buns. You can buy them here. I lightly toast them, load them up with the meat mixture and drizzle a little extra sauce. They are ready to gobble down.
Your family will thank you, and you can enjoy your coffee with minimal weekend morning interruption.