Tomorrow is Labor Day and that often means cookouts. It also is a day that celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers. So while many people are off work and have parties, who wants to spend all day cooking for them? We are supposed to be relaxing and celebrating our achievement. That’s why this week Sunday Supper is sharing recipes that require little labor.
My initial thought was to make a beverage. Everyone needs a cocktail at a picnic and most cocktails are simple to make. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make a main dish.
When I think of picnics I think of barbecue which in our house usually means grilling. However, in the winter I often use the slow cooker to make barbecue and that’s what I decided to make this week.
We were recently on Tilghman Island for a short and amazing vacation, thanks to my husband who surprised me with it for my birthday. The restaurant at our bed and breakfast was delicious. We went one night and I had a vinegar based pulled pork sandwich that was out of this world. I enjoyed it with a mustard based barbecue sauce and it was so good we went back again the next night and I had the same thing!
So I wanted to make a mustard based pulled pork barbecue. I simply took a large pork loin, sprinkled it with salt and pepper, then covered it with a mustard based barbecue sauce in the slow cooker. Six hours later it smelled amazing and looked pretty good too. I quickly shredded the pork which was so simple since it was very tender. We put them on some hearty buns and they were delicious. Totally perfect for a BBQ and it required very little work on my part.
- 3-4 lb. boneless pork loin or roast
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. pepper
- 2 T. butter, melted
- ½ onion, minced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 c. yellow mustard
- 1 T. dry mustard
- ¾ c. cider vinegar
- ½ c. brown sugar
- ½ c. water
- 1 T. hot sauce
- 10 Kaiser rolls or other hearty buns
- Sprinkle the pork loin or roast with salt and pepper and place it in the slow cooker.
- Arrange the onions and garlic around the pork in the slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl combine the yellow mustard, dry mustard, cider vinegar, brown sugar, water, and hot sauce. Mix well and pour over top of the pork.
- Cook the pork on low for 6 hours, adding water halfway through if needed.
- After 6 hours use two forks and shred the pork. Mix well with the barbecue sauce in the slow cooker.
- Place the pork on the rolls and serve warm.
Savory Snacks and Sides:
- Acorn Squash, Black Bean and Spinach Quesadillas by Our Good Life
- Copy Cat: Momma’s Nachos by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Cream Cheese and Peach Chutney Pastry Cups by Soni’s Food
- Easy Peasy Cole Slaw by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Fruit & Cheese Platter by The Freshman Cook
- Olive Tapenade by Whole Food | Real Families
- Semi-Homemade Baked Beans by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Smoked Salmon Spread with Sourdough Baguette by A Gouda Life
Labor Free Main Dishes:
- Ace of Clubs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Easy and Tasty Filet Mignon on the Grill by Family Foodie
- Easy Baked Spaghetti for a Crowd by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Greek Salad Endive Boats by Casa de Crews
- Grilled Butternut Squash, Zucchini and Steak with Chimichurri Sauce by Caroline’s Cooking
- Pesto Chicken with Fennel & Tomato Couscous by Books n’ Cooks
- Simple Cheese Enchiladas by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Simple Grilled Rosemary Shrimp by Nosh My Way
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Mustard Barbecue Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes by Food Done Light
- Spicy Thai Noodles by Momma’s Meals
Sweet Treats and Drinks:
- Apple Spice Dump Cake by Palatable Pastime
- Blender Chocolate Mousse by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles by What Smells So Good?
- Coconut Martini by Desserts Required
- Creamy Coconut Popsicles by Food Lust People Love
- Eiskaffee by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Healthy Grab’n’Go Breakfast Muffins by Happy Baking Days
- Mango Salad with Crystallized Ginger by MealDiva
- Mini Pavlovas by Curious Cuisiniere
- One Step Vanilla Sauce by Magnolia Days
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Bars by Pies and Plots
Labor Free Labor Day:
- 10 Store-Bought Cooking Shortcuts by Sunday Supper Movement
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