St Louis Pork Steaks

St Louis Pork Steaks

I’m not sure if anyone ever told me how to make St Louis Pork Steaks. When you grow up in Iowa (I know I just blew my St. Louis Pork Steak street cred – Missouri is one state south and Iowa is a huge pork producer) or the Midwest, there are certain dishes you just know how to make.

St Louis Barbecue Pork Steaks

St Louis Barbecue Pork Steaks

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Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs Smoked, Oven, Instant Pot

If there’s one thing I love every now and then, it’s a really good spare rib. A good bark, great flavor, juicy, tender and a NOT fall off the bone rib! See, ribs should have a sweet spot where they have a beautiful “bite” but don’t slide off the bone and slap you on the chin! These Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs deliver on all points.

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs with Cheers Boston Baked Beans

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Ok, so Memorial Day Weekend is starting! And for a lot of people that means grill outs and barbecues. But what if you want luscious, succulent pulled pork but aren’t into barbecuing and smoking? Well, that’s when you need a little Instant Pot Pulled Pork in your life.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion &; Cranberry Compote

Pork Tenderloin with a Caramelized Onion & Cranberry Compote

Pork Tenderloin that uses a bit of leftover cranberry sauce - amazing taste and quick, easy recipe

If you’re looking for a fun way to use up a bit of leftover Cranberry Sauce, this easy and fast Pork Tenderloin is it. Of course, you can make it anytime but it is perfect for after Thanksgiving when you *may* already have a little Cranberry Sauce on hand. Don’t we all usually have a little, or maybe even a lot? Pin this recipe for after the holiday!

Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion &; Cranberry Compote

Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion &; Cranberry Compote

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glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin: Easy, quick & great for dinner or company.

Blogging is weird sometimes. Which I hope I can say if you follow me, and apologize for doing so you’re someone who just stopped by in like 10 years to look at this recipe. But I make food, take a pic or two (or like a hundred, hoping to get a good one) and put it out there. And it’s kind of like having someone over for dinner. “Will you like it?” I wonder. Oh the angst.

glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Tomato Salad

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If you have a hand blender, feel free to use it. I used my trusty blender.

Drunken Fried Rice

Drunken Fried Rice - Yes there IS such a thing and thank goodness because it's amazing! Just like drunken noodles but use leftover rice.

Drunken Fried Rice! Yes, there is such a thing and I’m soooo happy to know it! See, my baby sis just told me she was having leftover take out Drunken Noodles for lunch and a craving hit. Maybe even a touch of jealously. But poor me, no takeout, no noodles in the cupboard. I was planning on making Fried Rice, though, and made extra rice last night with dinner just so I’d have rice ready.

Drunken Fried Rice

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Pork Fried Rice

Better than Take-Out Pork Fried Rice.

Does it seem that time is just slipping by faster and faster or is it just me? I meant to post this for you as an option for leftovers from the Country Style Ribs in the Slow Cooker. I made that recipe months ago! At long last, here’s my favorite home-cooked better than take-out Pork Fried Rice. And I’m posting it right along with my newer Drunken Fried Rice, so you’ll have two options.

Pork Fried Rice from Leftover Pork Shoulder or any other type of pork you’d like to use

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Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

vaguely vietnamese tacos: results in a vaguely Vietnamese tangle of pulled pork that is best accompanied by a bright and crunchy slaw, and served on warm flour tortillas

Slow cooked to perfection, this fall off the bone, tender pork was featured in “Slow Cooker Redeemed” in the New York Times. “It results in a vaguely Vietnamese tangle of pulled pork that is best accompanied by a bright and crunchy slaw, and served on warm flour tortillas…” I made you wait for it, yesterday, when I posted the Vaguely Vietnamese Slaw recipe, and I hope you’ll think these Tacos are worth that little delay.

Vaguely Vietnamese Tacos

Vaguely Vietnamese Tacos

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Fried Pork Wontons

Fried Pork Wontons

Pork Wontons: frying can be a mess but thee are worth the bother! Insanely good.

If there’s anything in the world better than a crispy, fried pork wonton, filled with a juicy, flavorful center, I don’t know what it is. They’re a play of contrasts in texture and flavor and they’re fun to eat, too. And I’m tellin’ ya, serve these to your family and friends and you’ll look like genius. Really. You’ll be elevated to superhero status!

Fried Pork Wontons

Fried Pork Wontons

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Bacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Tenderloin

Bacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

A great company or special night dish. This pork tenderloin just jumps with flavor! Perfect for fall.

We all have those recipes we make over and over again, right? The ones we just about crave? The ones we pull out for an occasion. Birthdays, Company? Tuesday? This Bacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Tenderloin is one of those. If you’re like me, you’ll just look for an excuse. And you’ll double the recipe and make two!

Bacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Tenderloin

Bacon, Dried Cherry & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Tenderloin

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My Sister’s Spiedies

My sister has been suggesting Spiedies for my blog for years, and I’ve been promising to make them just as long! Better late than never! If you haven’t had a Spiedie, you’ve been missing out. Tender, highly marinated chunks of Chicken, Pork or Lamb, skewered and then served on Italian bread or Italian rolls.

Spiedies - these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

Spiedies – these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

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Pork Chops with Plum Compote

Pork Chops with Plum Compote

The sweet/tangy sauce is amazing with pork chops - easy enough for weeknight, elegant enough for company

I think I might have a perfect end of summer meal for you: Pork Chops with Plum Compote and Grilled Plums on the side. Fast & easy enough for a weeknight and just special enough to serve as a casual company dish. Just remember to brine your pork chops ahead of time so they stay beautifully moist.

Pork Chops with Plum Compote

Pork Chops with Plum Compote

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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs - perfectly done, not falling off the bone tender

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

It IS possible to make great ribs in the slow cooker - one's that aren't cooked to death, limp soggy slap you on the chin when you try to take a bite ribs. These are succulent, juicy and have the perfect "bite!" And they taste great!

Does it seem you wait and wait and wait for Summer and all of a sudden it’s just too dang hot? And as we’ve all heard, “It’s not the heat it’s the humidity.” What exactly IS that supposed to mean, anyway? Don’t ever say that to me. I’ll be cranky when it’s too hot and give you a “look.” You know the kind of look I mean…the one that says “What in the H E double hockey sticks are you talking about?!”

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs - perfectly done, not falling off the bone tender

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs – perfectly done

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Sweet Bourbon Maple Chops

Not too long ago, I was eating at a restaurant and ordered a Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop. It was quite a workout, to say the least. Tough and dry.  I kind of think I might have looked/sounded a bit like this kitty, below. But I wasn’t saying Yum Yum – and I don’t know that this kitty is, either!

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