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Pulled Pork Pineapple Taco Recipe

Pulled Pork Pineapple Taco Recipe

Colorado has been experiencing some pretty scorching temps this summer so this week’s blog from the Gourmet Meat & Sausage Shop is a mouthwatering pulled pork pineapple taco recipe. 

The balance of pulled pork meat coupled with pineapple is a refreshing alternative to heavier meals. PLUS, it’s easy. 

Pulled Pork Pineapple Taco Recipe 

Ingredients: 

  • 2-pound pork loin roast (we can trim it for you!)
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 package of corn tortillas (soft)
  • 2 cups of diced pineapple (fresh is best)

Directions: 

In a small bowl blend brown sugar, chili powder, salt and garlic powder. Place your pork loin roast in a slow cooker and rub your recently-mixed dry ingredients on the outside of the meat. Around the bottom of your slow cooker, pour in your apple juice (not over the pork roast). Cover and let it simmer all day for around 7 hours. 

Pork should be tender enough to shred with a fork. Warm your corn tortillas, add your meat, and top it with your fresh pineapple and serve with a side of slaw. 

7 Smoked Pork Butt Recipes With Short Cooking Times

7 Smoked Pork Butt Recipes With Short Cooking Times

When it comes to smoked pork butts low and slow is the general rule so when we stumbled across several recipes for smoked pork butts that took considerably less time. 

We know that many of you die-hard grill masters consider speeding up the process of smoking a butt as sacrilegious, but this roundup of blogs swears by its results. Apparently, it’s all about the recipe. 

Let’s start with the first one: 

5 Hour Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork 

The blog, Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ pays homage to pellet grilling. So this recipe would be best suited for your Traeger warriors. The blog author and pork butt aficionado only smoked these cuts of meats for 5 hours. It’s up to you to chance it!  

Smoked Pork Roast Recipe in 8 Hours 

The Meat Eating Military Man blog pays homage to carnivores and meat-eaters everywhere. A military veteran, the blog author has an 8-hour recipe for a smoked pork butt that is well-suited for a Saturday cookout. 

5 Hour Smoked Pork Butt 

Jeff Phillips blog Smoking-Meat.com also has a 5-hour smoked pork butt recipe as well. Jeff is adamant about turning up the heat on your butt and using a mustard-based rub. 

Insanely Good Smoked Boston Butt Recipe 

Mr Recipes 8-10 hour Boston Smoked Pork Butt is a more traditional route but still does not require too much work as far as time goes. This butt recipe is totally worth the trouble. 

Smoked Cider Brined Pulled Pork 

Smoked Cider Brined Pulled Pork Brines can involve a bit of labor but that labor of love pays off for this flavorful cider brine butt. Unique and flavorful this pulled pork is a real crowd-pleaser. 

Cherry Cola Smoked Pork Butt 

Hey Grill Hey’s blog authored by Susie Bullock features a Cherry Cola smoked pork butt recipe and given the main ingredient it seems too intriguing to pass up. We have personally never tried it but would love one of grill warrior customers to try it! 

Pulled Pork Done in 6 Hours 

The Grillin’ Fools blog touts a quick (6 hours cook time) pulled pork recipe seasoned with brown sugar, ginger and cayenne pepper (just to name a few). 

Gordon Ramsay’s Pulled Pork Recipe 

Blogger Melanie Winters gave Gordon Ramsay’s Smoky Pulled Pork Recipe a go and with short cook time and flavors that put the pull in “pulled pork” without the stress of working in Hell’s Kitchen. 

Grilled Rabbit Sausage Over Penne Pasta Recipe

Grilled Rabbit Sausage Over Penne Pasta Recipe

If you’ve never tried rabbit sausage you are in for a real treat and this recipe delivers the perfect dish for any night of the week. Plus, you get to fire up that grill! 

Ingredients:

1 pound of rabbit sausage 

3/4 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic 

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

2 medium bell peppers ( green, yellow or red or mix it up)

1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved 

1/4 cup fresh basil 

1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese 

8 ounces or one box of penne pasta 

In a large skillet, pour add your olive oil first. Set heat to medium to low heat and add your peppers, minced garlic, a dash of salt, and a dash of pepper. Slowly raise heat to medium and cook peppers for approximately 7 minutes. Toss in your tomatoes and set to low. 

Fire up that grill to medium, throw on those rabbit sausages and turn every 4-6 minutes until evenly browned. Remove from grill and allow to sit for up to 10 minutes. While those rabbit sausages are settling (in foil) boil up that penne pasta for approximately 10-12 minutes. Drain the water. Slice your sausage into 1-inch chunks and toss with your tomatoes and pepper mixing ingredients well. 

Serve over your penne pasta and toss the fresh basil and parmesan cheese on top and serve! This dish is not only colorful but flavorful as well. 

Easy Recipe for Grilled Key West Flank Steak

Easy Recipe for Grilled Key West Flank Steak

Who says you can’t enjoy a taste of Key West from Colorado. This recipe for grilled Key West flank steak makes a great meal any night of the week and can be thrown on the grill and over a bed of salad or served with your favorite side. 

Grilled Key West Flank Steak 

Ingredients:

1 chopped red onion 

1/4 cup key lime juice 

6 halved key limes 

1 cup of freshly minced cilantro 

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

1 pound of beef flank steak 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 teaspoon pepper 

Directions: 

In a small bowl add your lime juice, onion, cilantro and olive oil making sure ingredients are well mixed. Halve your limes and place in a shallow dish, place the flank steak on top of the limes and pour the marinade over the top of your steak. Cover and allow to marinate overnight or for at least 4 hours in the fridge. 

Set your grill to medium heat and grill uncovered steak approximately 6-8 minutes per side. Remove steak from grill and allow to sit for approximately 10 minutes. Slice and serve on top of a salad or with your favorite side. 

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All-Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub

Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: All-Purpose Steak Marinade and Rub

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner and is considered the kick-off to the summer grilling season and we’ve got a heck of a recipe for a steak rub and marinade. Not only is this recipe flavorful but this marinade and rub is easy and works on all cuts of steak. 

Grilled Steak Marinade:

Ingredients—

3 minced shallots

1 tablespoon soy sauce 

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil 

2 teaspoons of freshly chopped basil 

1 tablespoon of hot sauce 

Mix all ingredients together until well blended and pour over meat. Seal in container and place in the fridge. For the best flavor allow marinating for at least 30 minutes. 

Dry Steak Rub:

1-2 tablespoons of black peppercorn 

1 teaspoon of cloves 

2 tablespoons sesame seeds 

1 teaspoon of cinnamon 

Mix ingredients together until completely blended. Rub on the outside of your steak making sure to cover all sides of the meat. 

Follow grilling instructions until thoroughly cooked and pair with grilled vegetables of your choice. 

11 Funny Mother’s Day Quotes to Celebrate Mom

11 Funny Mother’s Day Quotes to Celebrate Mom

Here is a friendly reminder that this Sunday is Mother’s Day so you will want to get your cards and set an alarm to buy flowers. In celebration of moms everywhere, we have compiled a list of the funniest quotes about moms. 

Everyone at the Gourmet Meat & Sausage wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day! 

“You’re just like a human napkin for kids. Like, they just wipe their face on you and stuff.” –Tina Fey 

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” — Barbara Kingsolver

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”—Calvin Trillin

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”—Buddy Hackett

Parenthood is the passing of a baton, followed by a lifelong disagreement as to who dropped it.” —Robert Breault

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”—Lin Yutang

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” —Henry Ward Beecher

I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” —George H.W. Bush 

A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.” —Peter De Vries

My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.” —Groucho Marx

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.” Phyllis Diller

May is National Hamburger Month: Best Burger Recipes to Celebrate all Month

May is National Hamburger Month: Best Burger Recipes to Celebrate all Month

May is not only grilling season in Colorado but it’s National Hamburger Month! As far as meats go, burgers allow those backyard grill warriors to get creative. The possibilities for burger toppings are endless. 

Here are the best burger recipes you can try all month long: 


Donut Bacon Cheeseburger 

We had to lead with this heart attack burger. We also don’t recommend counting the calories or making this burger if you are trying to lose a few pounds.  

Beef & Salsa Burgers 

For those nights when you can’t decide whether you want Mexican fare or a hearty stacked burger. Why choose! 

The Best Sloppy Joes 

Not technically a burger but always a good comfort food go-to especially if you are using good ground beef. 

Peanut Butter Burger 

This might be gross but what have you got to lose? You can always just scrape the toppings off and go for it.

Venison Burgers 

Get in the game (ahem) with this recipe for venison burgers and the best place to track down that meat is at a Colorado butcher.

Spinach Tomato Burgers 

For those looking for a low-carb burger option, this bunless burger is a healthier option when compared to the donut/bacon heart attack burger. 

How to Properly and Safely Store Meats in Your Refrigerator

How to Properly and Safely Store Meats in Your Refrigerator

As the coronavirus continues to keep all of us at home in Colorado there is no time like the present to organize those meats you are stocking up on at home. In this week’s Gourmet Meat & Sausage Shop blog we breakdown the best ways to make your purchase or essentials last longer. 

Storing Fresh Meats in the Fridge 

Organizing your refrigerator is not only a good idea but ensures that your meat juice is not contaminating your fresh fruits and vegetables. 

If these meats are going to be consumed in the next two days store them in your refrigerator. If not, label them and place them in a freezer bag with the date on it. Cooked and raw meats can be safely stored in your freezer don’t be shy about cooking up that chicken or beef and freezing for a rainy day. 

If you plan on planning out those meals ALWAYS store your meats on the lowest levels of your fridge or towards the bottom of the fridge. And if your meats are in that plastic packaging and not sealed you should move it into a plastic container so that those meat juices don’t drip or leak onto your shelves or drawers. Raw meat bacteria could not only make you sick but mess up your other refrigerated items. 

Because we are a Colorado butcher shop, we tend to pound those chicken breasts or slice your meats for you but if we didn’t trim those meats take the time to do it before placing it in the freezer. 

Storing and Organizing Meats in the Freezer 

As aforementioned, if you are going to freeze your meat make sure it’s in a sealable container and labeled with a date. For quick and easy dinners, individually wrap your steaks, chicken breasts or any cut of meat in butcher paper and then place in a large freezer bag especially if you bought in bulk. 

Place older packages of meats towards the front of the freezer and move newer ones to the back. For added inventory control use wire baskets or bins in your freezer organized by the type of meat in each bin. 

When Good Meats Have Gone Bad and When to Toss Them 

Sometimes meats will spoil and it’s important to know when that happens and it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Meats should NEVER have a slimy surface and if that beef has a sulfur odor it’s gone bad. In fact, any meats that have an offensive odor should be tossed. 

Your ideal freezer temperature should be 0 degrees Fahrenheit and your refrigerator should be at 34-40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

7 Quick and Easy Recipes for Dinner

7 Quick and Easy Recipes for Dinner

The Coronavirus has everyone shut-in at home so what to do? Why not pick out a fresh cut of meat and make a mouthwatering recipe at home?

Colorado carnivores already know about one of the best-kept secrets is elk. 

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Elk Steak is the perfect dish to please dinner guests. 

Oven-Baked Juicy Pork Chops 

This is the perfect recipe for when you can’t fire up that grill and still enjoy juicy pork chops accompanied by your favorite side dishes. 

The Best Bratwurst and Onions Recipe 

Brats are not only quick and easy meat to make on the grill or the pan but this recipe is one of the best as the title indicates. You need to just throw the ingredients into one pan and BOOM!

Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers 

Gourmet Meat and Sausage Shop has the ground beef and with a minimal amount of effort, you can make this flavorful dish. 

Best Steak Marinade in Existence 

This marinade recipe really is the best in existence. The hot pepper sauce is what really sets this marinade apart. 

Quick and Easy Creamy Herb Chicken 

This light but the hearty recipe requires little to no effort and is a crowd-pleaser as well. 

Rosemary Garlic Ground Lamb Potatoes 

This one-pot recipe packs a punch of flavor, seasonings paired with fresh ground lamb and it takes zero work to whip up! 

Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

We’ve got the ground beef and with minimal effort, you can make this flavorful dish for dinner this week. Check out this recipe for beef stuffed bell peppers. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound fresh ground beef (preferably from your local butcher)
  • 4 medium bell peppers (green, red or yellow…your choice)
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

 Preheat your oven to 475°F. While waiting for your oven to heat,   begin to prep your bell peppers. Slice the tops off your bell peppers then set aside. 

Next, carefully clean out the guts and seeds inside your peppers. On a large baking sheet, spray with a non-stick cooking spray and place those cleaned-out peppers on a tray and place the pepper tops. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from the oven set aside and allow it to cool. 

In a large skillet, place your ground beef, onion, garlic, tomato paste, rice, diced tomatoes and the rest of your seasonings in the skillet. Allow your meat mixture to cook around 3 to 5 minutes. 

Take the tops off and fill the hollowed-out peppers with your meat mixture. Place tops back on the peppers and allow to bake at 475°F for anywhere from 19 to 23 minutes. Bell peppers and done when internal temp reaches 160°F.