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BBQ Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Being creative has its perks!  Like when you can’t decide between spicy Mexican food or a warm bbq sandwich for dinner..decisions, decisions!

Now one my think this sounds crazy, but it’s oh so not!  The slightly spicy pulled-pork mimics south of the border carnitas and instead of the flavor of a cornbread side, you’re replacing it with corn tortillas.  Finally, the marriage of enchilada sauce with a slightly tangy and spicy bbq sauce is a winner!  Hell, I know in the near future I’ll be re-concocting this sauce for some barbecue sandwiches!  It has a great flavor that I know no one will be able to pinpoint..unless they read this of course. 😉

*You can use left over pulled pork or even shredded chicken if so inclined. 

*I prefer a thinner, spicy and tangy BBQ sauce here.  Leave the Sweet Baby Rays for your ribs, as these enchiladas need a bit of a kick..NOT sweetness.  My opinion..but believe me!

*When I was planning on preparing  this meal, I knew that I had a busy weekend ahead.  So on Saturday, before we ventured out for a full day of baseball, I slowcooked the pork.  When returning home that evening, I shredded it and placed the meat and the juices in an airtight container in the refridgerator.  The next day for dinner, I simply had to assemble and bake the enchiladas (as pork was cooked) and it took less than an hour to hit the dinner table!

*If you’re not into making your own pulled pork, you can pick up a tub from your favorite restaurant.

The Starting Lineup

Simple Pulled Pork (Slowcooker)

  • 3lb Pork butt/shoulder
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 rounded tsp of chicken bullion 
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Enchiladas 

  • Corn tortillas
  • Pulled Pork (cooked)
  • 1 red onion, chopped (3/4 for filling/1/4 for garnish)
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce (I prefer a thinner, spicy one..not too sweet here folks!)
  • 2-3 cups Mexican-blend cheese
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Garnish (Optional)

  • Red onion, chopped
  • Jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream 

Alright!  Now, again, you can pre-cook the pulled pork the day before (like I did) so that this is an easy, quickly assembled homemade dinner OR you can just as easily start the slow cooked pork on a Sunday morning and have this on the table by dinner time no problem!

So either way you choose, you’ll always start with the pulled pork..and its simple!  In your non-stick sprayed crockpot, place in the quartered onions followed by that pork butt!  Next, add all of the seasonings and the cup of bbq sauce.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours! (*Once finished, continue on to assemble the enchiladas OR shred and store in an airtight container, remember to ladle in a bit of those juices too!

Enchilada time!!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a large pan over medium heat, add in the vege oil.  Follow that with the 3/4 cup of chopped red onions, green chiles, cumin and smoked paprika.  Saute for 3-5 minutes.  Then in goes the cooked and shredded pulled pork, cook till mixed throughly together.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the can of enchilada sauce and the bbq sauce.  Make sure to taste as you can add more BBQ sauce if desired..I think I did add a bit more?? Haha. 

Warm the corn tortillas (in a tortilla warmer OR on a plate with a damp paper towel over top for a few seconds.)
One by one, spoon a good amount of the spiced pulled pork onto the middle of each tortilla and roll up.  Place seam side down into your baking dish.  Repeat until full.  *One or two may slightly crack..dont you worry!  They’ll be covered by sauce and cheese and will taste the EXACT same..no one will be the wiser! 😉

Pour the BBQ enchilada sauce evenly over the filled tortillas and top with all that glorious cheese!

 

Place (uncovered) in the oven for 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and edges are browned.  Remove and let sit for a few minutes as the cheese will be molten hot!!

Serve up with the garnishes of your choice and unlike the normal Mexican cerveza you’d enjoy with enchiladas..we’re actually tasting BBQ flavors here!  So we like ours with a cold good ol Texas beer and a shot of bourbon!  Enjoy!!  

YUMMMMMMMM……..

Loaded Pulled Pork Fries w/ Spicy Pimiento Cheese Sauce

So after eating a few healthy meals, I remembered that you only live once and I wanted to dig into some southern comfort food.  I couldn’t decide what exactly, so I just mashed a few of my favorite recipes together and came up with this delight!  Man…come football season, these are going to be on my game day menu for sure!!

A couple of things that are awesome about this recipe is A.  It’s actually easy!  You basically put all the ingredients into two different vessels and walk away for HOURS!  Assemble once finished and done!  B.  Any leftovers can be used for other meals!!  Pulled pork? Sandwiches, wraps, etc.  Cheese sauce? A fantastic chip, cracker or veggie dip, pour on the sandwiches, quesadillas, etc.  Man the ideas are coming to me now!

So please do your family a favor and try this out ASAP!

*You can also cook the pork in a crockpot as well..if possible, still sear the meat and then place in your slow-cooker.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

The Starting Lineup

Spicy Pimiento Cheese Sauce

  • 8oz block cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 4oz can green chilis, with juice
  • 4oz jar Pimiento’s, drained
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced (I keep the seeds in)
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • A pinch of kosher salt & ground pepper

Braised Pulled Pork

  • 3 lb pork butt/pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed
  • 16oz beer
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Your favorite bbq sauce (I use Franklin Barbecue ‘Texas Style’) 
  • French fries (homemade or store bought)

Garnish

  • Green onions, sliced
  • Red onion, chopped
  • Jalapenos, slices
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Bbq sauce drizzle 

    Spicy Pimiento Cheese Sauce

    Braised Pulled Pork

Let’s begin! 

In your non-stick sprayed crockpot, simply add in all of the Spicy Pimiento Cheese sauce ingredients: cream cheese, cheddar cheese, 1/2 evap milk, green chilis, pimientos, jalapeño, garlic powder, salt & pepper.  Place the cover on and set to low for 2-3 hours.  Stir a couple times while melting and add the remaining milk half-way through to slightly thin.  Done!  Easy, right?  *This is soooo good, I had at least a couple spoonfuls 😬👍 

   On to the pork!!  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine all of the spices together while heating the olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot to med-high. *Reserve 1 Tbsp of the spice blend, set aside. 

Evenly coat your pork with this spice blend and sear all sides of the roast to create a nice crust on the outside.  *Typically takes 10-15 minutes. 

    

Follow the searing by tossing in the cut onions and pouring in the beer. *If you’re over 21, take a swig!  

Now simply cover the pork with the lid and place into your preheated oven for about 3 hours. *If you’ll be away longer, you can drop the temp down to 275 and give yourself another couple of hours.

As your house is smelling magnificent, wipe the cheese sauce you’ve been sneaking from your chin, and start to chop and dice your garnishes. 

 Now that everything is ready to go, remove the pork from the oven and begin pulling it, literally.  Shred with two forks (careful, it’s hot!!) and toss in your desired amount of bbq sauce.  *Here is where your oven is now free and you can bake your french fries if not using a deep fryer.

Assembly time!  Once your fries have finished cooking, sprinkle them with a bit of that reserved spice blend and then top with a good amount of the warm pulled pork and a drizzle of bbq sauce.  Now ladle the Spicy Pimiento Cheese Sauce overtop and garnish with all your favorites!  Dig in and enjoy!  *I hope you bought a six-pack of beer, because it goes great with this!! 

Texas Tostadas (pulled pork & Memphis-style ‘slaw topped corn cakes)

Around here we like our meals hearty, full of flavor and simple.  We’re also always torn between either mexican food or southern supper favorites.  Well if you mash those two together, you get this creative and delicious fusion!
Please don’t be afraid either..the ingredient list may seem long, but this is mostly a crockpot recipe.  So spend the extra 5 minutes to put together the dry rub and you can walk away for hourrssss!  *Plus, you can make the corncakes your way if you’d like, a.k.a. Jiffy.

Top the shredded pork with this memphis-style ‘slaw (not too creamy, slightly tangy), a good drizzle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like thinner based) and a side of thick cut white onions and dill pickle slices and peppers.  This is Texas afterall..its a must with BBQ!

The Starting Lineup

Pulled pork

  •  6lb+ pork shoulder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 sweet onion, thickly sliced

Pork Dry Rub

  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp mexican oregano
  • 3 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar 

Coleslaw

  • 1 bag precut slaw mix (about 16oz)
  • 1/2 cup mayonaisse
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder 

Corn Cakes

  • 2 Tbsp evoo
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernals (frozen, defrosted fine)
  • 2 Tbsp shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup masa harina flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Creole seasoning
  • Vegetable oil 

Garnish

  • BBQ sauce of choice (we like Franklins)
  • Sliced white onion
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Pickeled whole jalapeno peppers

The night before, place all of the dry-rub marinade ingredients into a large ziplock freezer bag and shake up.  Then add the pork shoulder into the bag and coat with the dry rub.  Zip tight and place in a shallow dish into the refridgerator and allow to marinate over night.  *you can also coat the pork with the dry rub by hand and then place into a shallow dish, saran wrap overtop, then refridgerator.

Ahhhh…rise and shine!!  Break out the crockpot and we’ll get this going!  Spray the interior with non-stick spray and lay the sliced onions down.  You’ll now simply place the dry-rubbed pork shoulder over top along with the cup of chicken broth.  Cover this up and turn on low for 8-10 hours minimum.

   We’ll now head over to the coleslaw…this is simple too!  In a large bowl pour in the cabbage blend.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the other ingredients.  Once combined, pour over the cabbage and toss to coat.  Cover with saran wrap and keep in fridge till dinner time (or at least one hour).

     Here is where you get a long break…let that pork cook down, become tender and caramelize.  …or you may not be getting a break and you’re off to work, but hey, dinner will be ready in the evening when you return!

We will now imagine the time has passed… and you’re ready to prepare the corn cakes!

Heat the evoo (extra virgin olive oil) in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add in the corn, shallots and a pinch each of salt & pepper.  Allow to cook, while stirring, until tender (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.

   In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and eggs.  To that, add in the corn meal, flour, masa harina, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, salt and the water.  Mix well.   Finally fold in the sauteed corn & shallots.

     In a large pan or cast-iron pan, heat up about 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil over medium heat (not quite smoking).  Pour in about 1/4-1/2 cup of corn cake batter forming a pancake shape.  Cook these for about 2 minutes per side, adjusting heat as necessary.  Once each ‘cake’ has finished cooking, transfer to a paper towl lined plate and sprinkle a bit of creole seasoning over each side.  Repeat with the remaining batter till finished.

Ok.  The slaw’s flavors have all melded together, the corn cakes are finished and it should be time to pull apart that pork!  You can transfer to a serving dish, or leave in the crockpot.  You can also use your hands to pull apart (cool slightly) or use forks/tongs.

Assembly time!  On a plate lay down one or two corn cakes (this is more filling than you’d think) and top with a healthy amount of shredded pork.  Next spoon another generous amount of ‘slaw atop those two and then drizzle the entire beast of supper with bbq sauce.  Right next to this youll place some onions, pickles and a hot pepper.  Mix together, dive in, eat up & enjoy!!!  You may need a Shiner Bock to go with this..or heck, even a Lone Star!!

Chipotle Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Texas.  Dr. Pepper.  These two go together like beans & rice, Oreos & milk, sour cream & onion…you get the idea.  The dark-hued bubbly soda pop was created in the late 1800’s in a city known as Waco, Texas.  This “Texas Native” is a proud product in these parts…

So after watching my beloved Food Network, it was only natural that I tweaked a recipe to fit my mood that day.  This recipe is now so easy, because it’s a crockpot meal!  Every busy family’s favorite kind!  Did the crockpot inventor ever win a noble peace prize by chance???  He or she can have my vote!!

The Starting Lineup

  • 4-6 lb pork butt/shoulder
  • 2 cans of Dr. Pepper
  • 3.5-7 oz of chipotle in adobo
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Non-stick spray

Optional

  • Coleslaw
  • Sandwich buns 

Spray your crockpot with the non-stick spray.  Easy cleanup is our friend!!  Lay your quartered onion into the large ceramic bowl.  Onto the pork…liberally sprinkle all over with your salt & pepper.   To taste, add a bit of chili powder as well.    Place the pork butt on top of the onions.  Next pour your can of chipotles (plus sauce) over the pork.  After that spicy can is empty, simply pour each can of Dr. Pepper over everything.  This is all ridiculously simple.      Place the lid onto the filled crockpot and turn on low.  I leave ours (untouched) for an easy 8-10 hours.  This comes out gloriously tender.  Everytime.    Now, how you decide to serve this is your own call, but I’ll tell you a little bit on how we enjoy ours…

I make a super simple slaw (precut cabbage mix, a bit o mayo, a bit of granulated sugar, a couple dashes of apple cider vinegar and some S&P…not too wet here).

I then slice, in half, some bakery sandwich/hamburger rolls and toast them. Pile on that fall-apart Chipotle Dr. Pepper Pork, an extra drizzle or two of the sweet & spicy sauce and good helping of crunchy slaw.  Never fails.   

Beer Braised Pork 

I must of had an idea the other night that I wanted to feel fuller than ever before while enjoying some flavors of the south.  Those ‘fat thoughts’ made me think of a real gooey cheesy mac n cheese.  I then thought if it could possibly get any better than that….and it could!  Why not top the already decadent dish with some braised pork and maybe a tangy & sweet bbq sauce?!!  Genius!

…and yes, I am full.  Had seconds. Thirds.  And I am now onto ‘skinny thoughts’.

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 3-5lb pork shoulder/butt roast (excess fat trimmed)
  • 1 12oz beer.  (Your pork, your choice)
  • Low sodium chicken broth/stock (at least 24oz)
  • 2-4tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tbsp unsalted butter
  • Onion, quartered
  • Serrano Chili, cut long vertical slit through half (stem to tip) but leave intact
  • BBQ sauce of your liking.

Dry Rub

  • 2tbsp chili powder
  • 2tbsp ground coriander
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tbsp cumin
  • 1tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2tbsp black pepper

Take out your pork roast and trim off any excess fat if needed.  Set aside.  In a shallow dish combine all of the spices thoroughly together to make the dry rub.  Place pork roast in dish and evenly distribute the spices and gently press into the meat on all sides.  Cover the roast in dish with plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for at least an hour if not overnight.  Take the roast out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before you’re ready to start cooking.

*Preheat oven to 300degrees* On med-high, heat an oven safe Dutch oven on your stove top (I love my enameled Lodge cast iron for this).  Add in the EVOO & butter.  Once the butter has melted place the roast in the pan and sear on all sides.  Typically takes about 8-10minutes.  Set roast aside on plate and pour in the chicken broth.  With a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of pot.  This is the GOOD stuff.  It will greatly enhance the flavor of your meal.  Like one of my favorite chefs, Carla Hall, always says, “there’s flavor in the brown!”.  Add the pork roast back into the broth filled pot along with the onion, Serrano and pour in that can of beer.  I personally like to keep a swig or two for myself ;). The liquids should come up to a little over half of the meat.  You do not want it completely covered.

Cover the pot with its lid and place into the 300degree oven.  After 30 minutes I drop the temp down to 250 and 30minutes later down to 225degrees.  Now you can walk away from the oven for a good 4 hours and let that pork roast get flavorful and ridiculously pull apart tender!

We like to serve ours over my easy, creamy Mac n Cheese with a drizzle of Franklin BBQ sauce!  You can purchase it here in Texas at your local HEB Grocery Store (my fave!!)

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