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Root Beer Pulled Pork

My hubby loves the pulled pork from Trader Joe’s, so I’ve been looking for a similar recipe I could make at home.  I was intrigued when a friend of mine pinned Root Beer Pulled Pork  I repinned it immediately and a week later I was ready to give it a try.

Root Beer Pulled Pork is a crock pot meal, another bonus!  It is a dump and go meal.  Since Sundays are busy for us, I thought it would be a perfect day for a crock pot meal.  I used Hansen’s Root Beer and Trader Joe’s BBQ Sauce for the dish.

When we arrived home, I could smell the BBQ was burning.  I took a peak in the crock pot, and though I followed the directions and had an hour left to cook, the  BBQ along the sides of the crock pot was indeed burning.  I scraped it out and tested the meat.  It looked cooked, so I turned off the crock pot and decided to serve dinner a little early.
Truth be told, this dish was just so/so.  It could have been the BBQ I chose, which did have a bit of a quick at such a high quantity.  My hubby, who dumps Frank’s Hot Sauce on just about everything, even found it to be a little much.  So, if I decided to try this one again, I would try a different BBQ sauce with it and cook it for a shorter interval.  Though I am temped to just find another recipe on Pinterest for pulled pork.  There are a ton of them.


Apple Spice Pork Chops

My husband and I decided to make a little dinner together. And we opted for Apple Spice Pork Chops:

Hubby likes to cook. He really jumped into this recipe.  I cut up the apples and put together the spices.  Hubby took over pork chop duty.  We nixed the big slices of onions though.  I’m not a fan of onions.

End result was pretty good.  Though I have to tell you, the leftovers were even better.  This would probably be a better dish if the pork chops marinade prior to cooking them.


Apple Spice Pork Chops
Prep time: 10 min. Cook time: 35 min. Total: 45 min.

Adapted from this recipe on

4 thick cut pork chops $5.01
2 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.06
a sprinkle salt and pepper $0.05
1 med onion $0.38
2 med apples $1.69
2 Tbsp butter $0.07
1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
1/4 tsp cinnamon $0.02
1/8 tsp nutmeg $0.02
1 tsp chicken or vegetable bouillon $0.09
1 cup water $0.00
TOTAL $7.41

STEP 1: Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. While the skillet is heating, open the pork chops and season one side with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

STEP 2: Once the oil is hot (it should look wavy or ripply) place the chops in the pan, seasoned side down. Season the other side and let the chops cook undisturbed for 5-7 minutes or until the bottoms form a nice brown crust. If your chops are sticking to the pan, that means they have not formed a crust yet. They will “let go” once the crust forms. Flip the chops and cook the second side in the same manner. It should take 5-7 minutes for each side.

STEP 3: While the chops are searing, thinly slice the onion. Wash, core and slice the apples into thin wedges. Once the chops have seared on both sides, remove them from the pan and add the apples, onion and butter. Stir and cook for about five minutes or until the apples and onions begin to soften.

STEP 4: Add the bouillon, water, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet with the apples and onions. Stir until everything is mixed together then return the chops to the pan. Nestle the chops down in the mixture, making sure some onions and apples are on top of the chops.

STEP 5: Simmer the chops in the apple/onion mixture for about 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir occasionally, moving the apples and onions around so they all have a chance to simmer and soften.

Serve each chop with apples, onions and sauce spooned over top.
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