It was a Friday night and I was overdue for a solid craft beer. Sure, I've been surviving on store-bought Harpoon UFO White, but Columbus craft beer was calling my name. So many breweries, so little time. But beer wasn't the only item on my agenda. After a long week of Lipton noodle soup and granola bars, my feminine appetite took on man-sized craving for a sturdy meal. Must have Columbus beer...must have good food...must have....Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub.
I dug into my fries and coleslaw first, which were decent but nothing really spectacular. My slow cooker pulled pork shoulder had some really nice lean meat and did not cinch on the portion. Still, the meat itself could've used some kind of sauce, as it was a bit dry.
Generally it will take around 1 1/2 hours per pound of meat that you are cooking. You will need pretty much all day to have a perfectly cooked Boston butt, depending on the size. You will need to get the internal temperature of the meat around 190-210 degrees for the pork to be tender enough to pull apart easily.
Prepare the smoker. Liberally oil the grate. Add hickory wood chunks to the hot coals,and try to keep the temperature around 220 to 230 degrees. Place a meat thermometer (one that is used for staying in the meat while cooking) in the center of the butt. Add the meat to the smoker and put on lid. Don't remove the lid of the smoker as it will decrease the temperature and will take longer slow cooker pulled pork to cook.
Cut fresh bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp. (Or, pour precooked real bacon pieces into slow cooker.) Drain bacon on paper towels and put in cooker. Wipe remaining grease from skillet with paper towels. Brown stew meat in skillet and transfer to cooker. Pour wine into skillet, scraping up bits from bottom of the pan, and simmer 2 minutes. Pour wine into slow cooker and add remaining ingredients. If liquid does not cover the meat add a little more water.
It is not necessary to have cheap foods at your wedding for the total catering budget to be small. Instead of spreading your food money out over several cheaper foods, it is just as good slow cooker recipes beef focus on creating one or two really spectacular dishes. Serve that shrimp dish you've really been craving. Make steak an option. But do it well and let the rest be crudites and pate.
Other things that you might need for your picnic are a blanket or lawn chairs plastic utensils such as a forks spoons and knives plastic cups for drinks water bottles or other canned/bottled drinks straws plastic or throw away containers for any salads or other foods that you pulled pork recipe slow cooker uk bring and paper bowls and plates.