So you are planning for the “Super bowl” and you are making sure everything is going as planned and that you will be ready for the big day! My question to you is, are you that concerned and planning out all of the details of your life, as you are for the big game day?
Seriously, everyday is the “Big game day” and you should be making sure that you are staying on course, yet while still being flexible, because you never know when you might get tackled, side-lined or whatever to throw you off of your course. But that doesn’t mean that you are not staying on course! No, you just got side tracked for a moment and now it is time to re-group and go back out into the game of “Life”! We are into the middle of January already, so if you haven’t written down any goals for the year, leaving some “adjustment” room, then you need to get cracking!
You don’t think that the winning teams just go into the year and say, “Ah, we’ll see what happens”! No way, the coach, the owners, the players, they all set goals! Goals for the franchise, goals for the team, goals for each player! It is when all of their goals align that makes a winning team! So, set some goals for you, your team (family or partner) and for your community! Start by setting some goals for yourself! If you are not abundant, then it will really be hard to give to others and that is what “Life” should be all about! Oh, yea and creating as many “Mouthgasms” as possible, too!
Wow, where is the Beer? One gets really thirsty when babbling so much! LOL.
O.K. this next recipe is really simple and will be a sure winner at your Super Bowl party. This is a crock pot recipe and you could make in advance. Once the pork is cooked, you can shred your pork roast and you could actually serve it from the crock pot on game day. That way you could put it on low (once you re-heat the pork) and just check it once in a while, stirring and maybe adding a little B-B-Q au jus that was left over from the original cooking of the pork to keep it moist and juicy! Heck, just start it in the morning of game day and then it will be ready to rock n roll by game time!
For game day, get some rolls to serve on. There are so many choices from those little Hawaiian sweet rolls, potato rolls, crusty French or pretzel rolls (or a “mix” of all of them). Slice them in half but not all the way through, leaving a little “hinge” on the roll, so they don’t come apart. Take some of the left over au jus and mix with your favorite B-B-Q sauce and then put that into a Squeeze bottle. Reserve the rest of the au jus for a lighter sauce alternative! That way your guest can self-serve at the party so you can watch the game too!
First, before the pork recipe, here is the recipe for a great low sodium Cajun seasoning mix which is a creation of mine and a B-B-Q sauce recipe, too! (Or you can just purchase a low sodium Cajun seasoning).
MJM’s Everyday Seasoning is my “chefs” seasoning mixture. It is used on almost everything and is my substitute for salt and pepper. It is great on just about everything that you would normally salt and pepper.
The recipe is as follows:
Equal parts of:
- black pepper
- cayenne pepper
- white pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- Italian herb blend (thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, Marjoram)
- Kosher salt
- dried parsley
Place in a food processor and process several times to blend all the ingredients together.
Next make this B-B-Q sauce, Mango cheats a little here. Yes, some prepared items are not that bad. Why go through the hassle to make a base B-B-Q sauce, when there are plenty of good base B-B-Q sauces at the grocery store. So go out and buy your favorite “plain” B-B-Q sauce. Then add the following to one bottle of sauce and prepare to get “Saucy”!
- ½ – cup fresh orange juice
- 1 to 3 – Tablespoons fresh chopped garlic or to taste
- MJM Seasoning mixture to taste
- 1-2 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
Let all of this stuff simmer for a while. Then you are ready to get “Saucy”! Remove and cool, then put into squeeze bottle for no mess serving.
O.K. now the pulled pork recipe, place into a crock pot (5-6 quart size minimum)
- 4 -5 pound pork roast (fattier types are more flavorful, but you can use a leaner cut like a pork loin if trying to be a little health conscious… NOT)!
- 1 – 12 oz. can of Coke or your favorite amber, dark or seasonal beer (recommend something like New Castle)
- 1 to 2 cups – B-B-Q sauce from above recipe
- MJM Seasoning to taste
- 4 -10 whole garlic cloves
- Kosher salt
Salt and season the pork roast and place into crock pot. Next pour the Coke or beer around the roast then pour the B-B-Q sauce over the roast. Sprinkle a little more of the seasoning over the roast and put the garlic cloves in. Cover and cook for at least 6-8 hours at high then reduce the heat and cook a couple more hours. Shut off the crock pot and partially open the cover. Let cool completely.
Take the roast out of the crock pot insert and put in large mixing bowl. Reserve the B-B-Q au jus. Shred the pork. If it is game day, place the pork back into the “cleaned out” crock pot insert and pour a little of the au jus over the pork. Turn on low and cover. Make the pouring sauce like described above with some of the reserved au jus and / or you can just use the au jus for a lighter but very flavorful alternative along with the b-b-q sauce in a bottle. Have some Cole-slaw along side, too! It is a nice topper to your pulled pork sliders. Grab a few bags of sweet potato chips for a tasty alternative to regular chips and they will go great with the pulled pork. Face it, there is no other choice at this point! You are going to be experiencing a few more of Mango’s “Mouthgasms”, for sure!
Side note: If you make this in advance once cooled, put the pulled pork into a Ziploc bag and save. Reserve the au jus in a Tupperware type container. On game day you can re-heat the pork and the au jus. Then follow the instructions for game day.
Wow, you should be getting pretty hungry, for sure by now! Remember to have some salty, (low fat but good tasting) snacks like pretzels, popcorn, chips and salsa… for your guest to munch on in between beers or whatever beverages you are serving! Hey, keep plenty of bottled water around to for hydration! It is your responsibility to make sure everyone is safe and healthy, at least while at your party! In the next up coming recipes we will go to the “Sweeter Side” of life.
Until next time remember, THIS IS YOUR LIFE! Your life is the “Super Bowl” everyday! You are the “MVP Player” of YOUR LIFE! Appreciate every moment so when the final quarter of your life is being reviewed, you can say, “Wow, that was one heck of a game”! Peace, my friends. By the way, you are really great!
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? Albert Camus