A pork butt, that is.  We have company coming into town this weekend and I’m making homemade barbecue.  Don’t get too excited thinking I’m all fancy and stuff; I don’t want you to be disappointed.

Will met D when he deployed to Iraq in 2005.  D and his family live about three hours from us and had Will not deployed, we wouldn’t have them as a part of our lives.   D came home early because T had to have surgery so it wasn’t until a few weeks after Will got home I was able to meet him and give him a hug thanking him for taking care of Will while they were gone.  I could tell in his response to me and by the way he hugged back, he knew I was sincere and it was obvious he was appreciative of the relationship they had developed. 

We visited with them about a month before we traveled to China for Olivia.  Staying with them at their home, I realized not only are they good friends and great cooks, but they are fantastic parents.  On the way home, Will and I were talking and we could not get over just how well behaved their kids were.  We met the kids briefly when they came to town for a Welcome Home celebration we had, but it was at a restaurant with so much commotion, but it wasn’t until we were with them in their environment we saw their little personalities shine. E is their daughter and she is the oldest.  Their son shares Will’s name, so it’s Big Will and Little Will.  We decided then their kids were the type of kids we wanted to raise: well-mannered and polite.  We’re doing our best.

Anyway…we have been talking for moons about turning our very unused screened porch into a playroom and D graciously offered to help us.  He has been a home builder for years and Will was a builder in the reserves.  Ahhhh…I love friends with benefits.  This weekend they are coming to help us figure out all the stuff we need and we’ll gather the goods and he’ll trek back into town another weekend and we’ll add it on.   While he’s here, we’re testing his assembly skills in finishing Olivia’s swing set.  I’ll post it’s story with pictures once it’s done.  Sadly, it has a story.  

T is very, very pregnant so we will be doing something fun indoors; maybe a movie and some giddy girl talk while the boys are sweating their arses off working on outdoorsy stuff. 

This is a new BBQ recipe I’m trying so I hope it turns out well.  Nothing like making guests your guinea pigs, huh?  I don’t have a smoker or anything fancy, so I’m using my crock pot.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

(spice rub from Cooks Illustrated)

Spice Rub:
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons table salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground white pepper

1 bone-in pork shoulder
½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
2 cups barbecue sauce

1. Mix all spice rub ingredients in small bowl.

2. Massage spice rub into meat. Wrap tightly in double layer of plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (For stronger flavor, the roast can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.)

3. Unwrap roast and place it in slow cooker liner. Add liquid smoke, if using, and ¼ cup water. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for 8-10 hours, until meat is fork-tender.

4. Transfer roast to cutting board; discard liquid in liner. “Pull” by tearing meat into thin shreds with two forks or your fingers. Discard fat.

5. Place shredded meat back in slow cooker liner; toss with 1 cup barbecue sauce, and heat on low for 30-60 minutes, until hot. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.

This rub makes a lot!  I rubbed my butt (6-1/2 lbs.) last night and had quite a bit left over.  I’ll be making my barbecue sauce tonight, but I haven’t decided on which one to make yet.  I’ll let you know.

Keep your fingers crossed it turns out okay.  Otherwise it will be PB&J.