Friday, February 5, 2010

Super Bowl Snack'n

Sunday is Jon's national holiday.

Superbowl Sunday.

We have this tradition of having friends come over and watch the game. And eat. And eat. And eat some more. Every year there are a few things that we just can't live without: pizza, better than sex cake, Dawn's shrimp dip, little smokies, chips, veggies & dip, and cheese & crackers.

Well, last summer Dawn and her husband, Art, moved to Cincinnati, OH. So, that means no shrimp dip. I just can't make it the way she does. We will just have to wait until they come visit in March.

Also waiting until March? The cake. I just can't bring myself to make it with only a few people coming over, not that there are ever leftovers ;)

So what are we going to have for the "big game"? Something a little different. We are having mini pulled pork sammys, little smokies, baked garlic pita chips, fresh fruit and dip, raw veggies and dip, and mini english muffin pizzas.

This year's eating will be a little more healthy than in years past. But, I don't doubt the game will be just as fun as we are surrounded by good company and good food.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

Pulled Pork Rub

2 TBS Spanish smoked paprika
2 TBS brown sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp celery salt

Combine all ingredients well. Rub over a large pork loin. Slow roast by cutting the loin into chunks. Carefully fit meat into a large crock pot, add a small amount of ham stock. Cook until falling apart tender. Once cooked, shred with two forks. Mix in BBQ sauce to taste.

Pulled Pork BBQ sauce
2 1/2 cups

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
1 cup water
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
3/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
1/2 teaspoon smoked salt

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.

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