Pour On The Bbq Sauce!



Easter is this upcoming weekend and the city will be coming alive in celebration. Regardless of whether you celebrate the holiday for religious reasons or celebrate the holiday for the bunny- and egg-related activities, Easter is great for families. Below is a sample of Easter festivities and specials happening in Miami this week.

Here is an excellent recipe for pulled pork that you will find quite easy to make. You need a crockpot for this recipe and a few herbs and seasonings. The dish is worth the wait because you will savor the fabulous aroma once the pork is cooked.

Next, think of meals that don't require meat at all such as quiche, pizza, cheese enchiladas and commit to going meatless at least twice per week. Instead of beef stew, serve a creamy broccoli and potato soup. Pita pockets stuffed with falafel patties and mint yogurt are delicious and hearty, especially when served with a Greek salad and rice pilaf. In fact, there's nothing wrong with serving soup and a large salad for dinner every now and then. Load the salad up with hard boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, avocado slices, and other hearty ingredients and serve with warm crusty French bread and a delicious vegetable soup and enjoy a lighter, vegetable-packed meal (slow cooker pulled pork crock pot cost savings).

Always on the verge of closing its doors, Boo Jr. is in a similar category as PK's except it doesn't have the good location that PK's does. While Boo Jr.'s is right off of Route 13, it's hidden behind the Sunset Motel. Trying everything from cheap beer to live music and go-go dancers on Wednesdays, Boo Jr.'s isn't one's usual first choice when deciding to hit the bars, but it has had some interesting liveliness in its history, as it was once a strip club, reduced to a bar after Carbondale rezoned its business restrictions. But for anyone who wants to practically escape society for an hour or more Boo Jr.'s might slow cooker pulled pork be just the ticket.

You want to absolutely reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. before you pull this out of the barbecue. Oh, yes, it is done at 165, but it will still be tough; you do not want that. And remember that you are going to place this in a pan or on a board and cover it and let it rest for at least thirty minutes before you start pulling it apart with two forks.

To keep your lean cut of meat tender, I suggest cooking your healthy pork roast in a slow cooker. The slow cooker will gently cook the meat without removing any of the juices. If you choose to leave the layer of fat on the roast, put it fat side up so that the fat can help keep the meat moist. By the time your healthy roast is done, it will be so tender that it will be falling apart. I usually let my roasts cook 10 to 12 hours on low, but the time will depend on your slow cooker and how hot it gets.

Open now for happy hour and dinner but Elements Restaurant and Bar will expand sometime in September for lunch. I like that they have nightly specials; I have my eye on Wednesday night crab cake and Thursday night Prime Rib.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio. 440-256-2122. It is approximately a 60 minute drive from Cleveland to Kirtland.