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Friday, September 14, 2012

Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

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I got one of the greatest compliments the other day.  Someone told me, 'you are just so content with your life'.  She went on to say how she is always hoping, dreaming, and searching for things to do better in her life, but I seem just, well, content, yet happy with my contentment.

I agreed.

Some may not have taken this as a compliment, but I did.  Since I had kids, I find pure enjoyment in being a mom, a wife, a homemaker, a writer, a whatever...

I'm content.

I enjoy picking up and organizing my house so my family feels secure.  I enjoy cooking homemade meals for them, not just because it is cheaper, but because I know they and I love it.  I enjoy spending my free time deep in a novel, writing or sitting in the sun sipping a cocktail.  I enjoy sharing my latest foodie finds with all of you and getting comments and responses back from half way across the country.  I enjoy it all.

So, where am I going with this?  Last week the husband and I looked at each other and said lets invite some friends over for a day of football and food.  I almost peed my pants I was so excited.  This is my type of entertaining.  Good friends, good food, happy times.

I'm content with this.

I don't need fancy parties, country club gatherings, an iPad or iPhone (although, I would like love to have one), the latest car or unlimited funds to spend how I'd like.  We have what we have and I am now finally content with it.

I guess, the lesson here is...be happy with what you have.  There are always people worse off than you.

And be happy, if you happen to be those lucky friends we invited over for these Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches.  This recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman, but I did change a few things up to suite us.  Like not cooking this in the oven.  Because, heck, I wanted to hang with my friends that day not hover over the oven checking meat every hour.

Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
2 onions, peeled and quartered
1 whole pork butt (pork shoulder roast)
1 8 oz. can chipotle chiles in adobo sacue
2 12 oz. cans Dr. Pepper
4 T. brown sugar

Get out your largest crockpot.  Lay peeled and quartered onions in the bottom.  Liberally season roast with salt and pepper, then place on top of the onions.  

Pour in canned chipotle chiles, brown sugar and Dr. Pepper.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Flip the roast halfway way through, around 4 hours in.

When done, shred meat with a fork and serve on kaiser rolls.  Add additional sauces or chopped pickles if you like.

*You can certainly omit the chipotle chiles if you are worried about the spice, but honestly they MAKE this sandwich.

Now, for my question of the day.

Are you content?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Jessica_AKitchenAddictionSeptember 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I love how you adapted this to be made in the crock pot so you can spend more time with friends!

  2. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsSeptember 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I know! For one I didn't want the oven on all day, nor did I want to be hovering over it!

  3. Steph @Been There Baked ThatSeptember 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Yay! Thanks Ally, can't wait to share these a friend. This pulled pork looks wonderful, I was afraid it'd be too spicy but we'll have to give it a try! And yes, I am also very content in my life as well! Even through all the dirty dishes, laundry and runny noses...I wouldn't change it for the world :)

  4. Dr. Pepper is interesting...have to give this a try.

  5. I am looking away from all the onions! Looks delicious otherwise - I agree, life is too short to keep wanting things - being content with what you have right now is awesome!

  6. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsSeptember 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I gotta tell ya Biz, the onions disinagrate to nothing...once the meat is shredded you don't even know they are there!

  7. Of course we all want nice things, hint hint an iPad. However, when I look at my life, I am content. All it takes to make me happy are my friends and family...including you <3 love ya

  8. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)September 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Congratulations to the winners! I have made that pulled pork before - sooooo good!