My daughter, Andyy, moved to rural Georgia.  Apparently, locally their go-to meat is pork.  She asked for ideas of how to cook pork, and I came up with these suggestions:

Pulled Pork (a great way to have pork for more than one night).  Pick any sauce you like – even the lemongrass basil and Thai coconut curry I gave you would be good.  Barbecue sauce is also good.  Or you can mix barbecue sauce with maple syrup and Dijon mustard.  You can also just use ranch dressing mixed with teriyaki.  Any time you make something in the Crockpot, it’s like it makes more liquid, so usually about a cup of the marinade is all you need, reserving the rest for adding in after you shred it, if you want.  You can also freeze leftover pulled pork for a night when you didn’t remember to plan and need to throw something together.

I like pork butt and pork shoulder for pulled pork because they have some nice fat for flavor.  A tenderloin works too.

Poke holes in the roast and marinate for 30 minutes (or even overnight)  Cook in the Crockpot for 8 -10 hours until you can fell it break apart easily when you stick a fork in and turn it.  I shred it with forks first, and then use kitchen shears to break up some of the more stubborn pieces.

You can serve pulled pork lots of ways:

With Asian noodles (if you did an Asian style sauce)

Atop rice and beans (works well with barbecue)

Sandwiches topped with cole slaw or sweet pickles

Over roasted potatoes

Uses for leftover pulled pork:

Cornbread casserole

Chili and Pulled Pork Salad (both use the Chili)

Cuban sandwiches (since you have the Panini press)

Fettuccine Alfredo with pulled pork and broccoli

If you look at my blog, here are the links:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches:

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You need to be sure you have hearty buns that you toast and whatever topping you want.  These pair nicely with corn on the cob, beans, potato or macaroni salad, or just a nice big salad.

Cornbread Casserole:

Cornbread Casserole

You need cornbread mix, canned corn and canned creamed corn, sour cream (optional).  You will also need salsa if you want to lean towards a Mexican take or canned tomatoes mixed with some Italian seasoning or spaghetti sauce (if you don’t want it to be Mexican style) to mix with the leftover pork.  The recipe doesn’t call for it, but you can also top this with shredded cheese before baking – Mexican cheese or Italian, depending on which direction you took.

Chili and Pulled Pork Salad together:

Chili Salad

For chili, you need salsa, canned beans, and canned whole kernel corn.

When you serve it with a salad, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, any salad topping you like with whatever dressing you like.

Cuban Sandwiches:

You need buns, yellow and spicy mustard, pickle slices, turkey lunchmeat, sliced cheese.  A nice side dish is roasted potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes.  The recipe called for sliced pork, but pulled pork will also work well!

Fettuccine Alfredo with Pulled Pork and Broccoli

You need noodles, jarred alfredo sauce, and frozen broccoli florets.


Bone in:

You need barbecue sauce, chicken broth, and a Crockpot.

Country style boneless:

Cheesy Breaded Boneless Ribs:


You need bread crumbs, seasonings, and shredded cheese.

Lots of variations – Italian, barbecue, Mexican, etc.

City Chicken:


If the ribs are too fatty, you may want to cube up a tenderloin, but I like the flavor of the fat in this.

You need flour, seasonings, eggs, breadcrumbs, small stubby skewers, foil to wrap them, oil to make them crisp)

Barbecue in the Crockpot:


You need barbecue sauce, beer, onion, garlic, seasonings for the ribs.

You need noodles, cheese sauce, cream cheese, and shredded cheese for the mac and cheese.

Pork Chops

My Mom’s pork chops:

Grace’s Pork Chops

Grace's Pork Chops

You need flour and seasonings, sour cream, cornflake crumbs.

Ground Pork


Cook and use in tacos, quesadilla, spaghetti sauce, make meatballs or burgers, chili.


I’ll be doing another one of these posts in upcoming days addressing recipes for ground meat, and ground pork will do just fine in all of them.