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Big Black Dog: Braised Pulled Pork, All-American Cheese Burger and Avocado-Gaucamole Bread

March 4, 2010

Braised Pulled Pork, All-American Cheese Burger and Avocado-Gaucamole Bread


Tonight if the Season Finale for The Real Housewives of Orange County. I know you are probably surprised that I watch it. Yep I.am.addicted and can't help myself. I watch it every week and never miss an episode. I am totally and without a doubt amazed by the behavior, dress and overall attitudes of some of the major players. I know they call each other friend but geesh, my friends don't act like that! Mr. Tastebuds thinks it's a waste of time, so I watch it in my office and I love it! And sometimes I watch an episode twice, just to make sure I did not miss anything...LOL!

Thursday nights are reserved for me and the Housewives and dinner is usually something quick and tasty with little clean up so I can enjoy my TV viewing with limited interruptions. I decided to braise a Pork Loin in the afternoon for Pulled Pork Sammies which Mr. Tastebuds would enjoy. And being I still have to be careful with spicy food, I had a Cheeseburger Deluxe. Both served on Avocado-Gaucamole Buns which is our assignment for this weeks HBinFive Bread.

I was a little hesitant to make this bread being that Avocados are not a favorite of mine, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it out anyhow. The dough was fabulous to work with, very smooth and elastic and I had the hamburger buns formed in no time and they were delicious.


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Oven Braised Pork Shoulder With Apple Juice
Recipe adapted from Southern Food

1 bone-in pork shoulder roast, about 6 pounds
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced or coarsely chopped
2 1/2 tsp of a seasoning blend for pork or chicken or salt and pepper
1 c apple juice
1 to 1 1/2 c barbecue sauce

Lightly grease a large covered Dutch oven or casserole.
Heat oven to 300°.

Put onions in the casserole. Rub the pork with the seasoning blend or sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Place the roast on the onions and add apple juice. Cover and bake for 5 hours, basting occasionally.

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Remove the roast to a large platter and shred or chop the meat. Discard bones and fat.

Strain the juices and put the solids back into the casserole or Dutch oven. Discard the liquids. Add the shredded or chopped pork. Add barbecue sauce and stir to blend ingredients. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.


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28 Comments:

Blogger Joanne said...

This looks like a dinner I would love. The avocado-guacamole bread/buns looks fantastic. And pulled pork. Well. You know how to win a girl's heart.

March 4, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Oh boy! That looks good! I thought about skipping the avocado bread but maybe I'll reconsider. ;)

March 4, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

Oh, oh, oh....that looks SO good! Love that you made the buns too! I think I'll try that too. (Yes, I have never watched that show, I watched something similar to it and it was so full of drama..reminded me of Jr. High! So why do we?) LOL Come say hi :D

March 4, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Pulled pork is one of my all-time favorites and yours looks magnificent! The buns look really really good and I bet they have great flavor.

March 5, 2010 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

Well, since you MADE me buy the book, I guess I'm just going to HAVe to force myself to try that bread (since I happen to LOVE avocados!) And Ray would love that pulled pork...
xoxo Pattie

March 5, 2010 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I love pulled BBQ Pork. Yours sounds devine. I am a hamburger gal myself, so I would choose your hamburger over the pork.
I have been wanting to make some fresh hamburger buns. I am going to have to treat myself to this bread baking book I hear so much about.

March 5, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Both of those sandwiches would be a big hit in my house

March 5, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love avocados and can't wait to try this recipe. The pulled pork looks so good too - what a great combo!

March 5, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Lo said...

LOVE these sammiches. And I've been craving braised pork shoulder for over a month now. Might be time to get my butt in gear and make it!

March 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
OpenID biz319 said...

You had me at pulled pork! My grandfather made the best North Carolina pork - no bbq sauce, just simmered for hours with vinegar and my beloved Tabasco and crushed red pepper.

I serve it on a bun, topped with cole slaw. The first time I made it for my husband he said "you just ruined a pork shoulder!"

He just doesn't get it, but I love him anyway! :D

Can't wait to try the avocado buns this weekend - my first HBin5! :D

Happy Friday Michelle - hopefully our warmer weather this weekend will melt all the snow!

March 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Connie~ said...

I love pulled pork and avocado... it looks like a winner to me. I'm going to give them both a try, thanks!

March 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger susan said...

This looks fabulous! I made bbq myself this week...helps me think of warmer weather. With 3 nights a week devoted to American Idol right now, I can't afford another "can't miss" show :)

March 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, now I really AM going to have to go eat! Oh, my! This is fabulous!

XO,

Sheila :-)

March 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

Very nicely done! Your photos always draw me in. I love pulled pork sandwiches and the buns looks wonderful! Have a great weekend!

March 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Working hard at getting the ingredients for the bread recipes. But when I went to the city I did not have the calendar and I just bought what was needed for the first dough in the book. Bother. I should have been more prepared. No pine nuts in our little town and none of the other flours. I might have both made by the 15th..not sure at this time, hopefully going into the city in the morning.

March 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger teresacooks said...

that sandwich looks delicious. I didn't get around to making a new bread this month, but I' making the basic recipe for pizza as soon as I can tear myself away from the computer.

March 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Michelle that looks wonderful! I'm going to be making this dough this weekend. I'm really looking forward to it. Your pull pork sounds wonderful.

March 5, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Elwood said...

MMM....pulled pork, looked delicious. I really liked the avocado bread also. It was very easy to work with and smelled wonderful baking. My secret indulgences are Desperate Housewives and American Idol. I bet pulled pork sandwiches would go great with them!

March 6, 2010 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I happen to love avocados, so the bread doesn't sound too far out to me.

My guilty pleasure is Keeping up with the Kardashians, so I understand your point perfectly.

March 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Waw Michelle!

That bread is so part & looks so tasty & that pulled pork,...mmmmmm,...man!``Waw!! A georgous & ooh so tasty burger & bun!

March 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

FANTASTIC way to use those rolls. I don't like many things more then pulled pork and cheeseburgers!

March 6, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Can I come to your house for dinner??

March 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Can I come to your house for dinner??

March 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Elie's Papel said...

this looks DELICIOUS! have a happy sunday!

March 7, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

This is yet another great meal. I guess I need to get that book. Avocado-guacamole bread is so intriguing and I have a bag of avocado that I found on my door step to use.
Mimi

March 8, 2010 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger CMC said...

Yum, Yum... looks so good. I'll remember the buns when I get to the Avocado bread.

March 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous tasteofbeirut said...

Love that bun! Can't believe you went through the trouble to make it. I would have like to watch that show, I never watch TV except American Idol!
I used to live in Orange County (6 years)
Oh well, I guess I can always watch reruns!

March 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Ya know Michelle, I think I just remembered why I don't stop by here real frequently, and why sometimes I even wait a few days before opening the emails your posts arrive in - I ALWAYS end up either hungry, or wanting to hit the kitchen and start creating after reading your posts!!!

See what kind of an influence you are on me friend?!!! o;-p

March 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

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