Every now and then, usually on holidays, I like to pass along some of my favorite recipes. There are so many CNC’ers reading the CNCCookbook that I could write about most anything and find a lot of interested readers, but I suspect this gang loves food and especially BBQ-related food particularly well!

So without further ado, here’s a menu of my recipes for a backyard feast if you’re so inclined.  I made all of these for friends recently and they went over extremely well.

Main Course:  Pulled Pork Sliders

I wanted something tasty, backyard-party appropriate, but easy to do.  I didn’t have a lot of time to prep for my last event, and making pulled pork in a smoker can easily take 10 hours to get it as tender as you like.  You can make this recipe in 4 hours, it falls off the bone and shreds easily, and everyone will rave about it the way my guests did!

easy pulled pork

Homemade BBQ Sauce Taste Off

I love to make homemade BBQ Sauce, and I often make up more than 1 kind and do a taste off.  Pulled Pork Sliders are perfect for it–just put your sauces on the side and let people try them.

For this taste off, the two favorites were my friend Chef Michael Clark’s Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce and my own Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce.  We tested both against Aaron Franklin’s Espresso BBQ Sauce and they beat it by a mile.

Easy Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce [ Ribs, Chicken, Sausage ]

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce…

Side: Mustard Potato Salad with Egg

I love egg salad so this (another Chef Michael Clark) recipe really appealed to me.

Mustard Potato Salad With Egg

Mustard Potato Salad with Egg…

Appetizer: Ultimate Bloody Mary Cocktail

Why not a Bloody Mary for an appetizer, particularly at a pulled pork picnic?  Everyone loved them!

Ultimate Bloody Mary Cocktail [ Best Garnish, Vodka, Secret Spices ]

Dessert: Absurdly Easy Fancy Elephant Ear Cookies [ French Palmiers ]

What to have for dessert after a big pulled pork dinner?

Homemade ice cream or cobbler would be traditional, but I wanted something lighter.  These cookies are perfect, and so easy to make!  The French call them “Palmiers” and I know you’ve seen them in bakeries.  I made some for Valentine’s Day too because they’re heart shaped.

It takes all of about 15 minutes to make them, but don’t tell your guests!

Absurdly Easy Fancy Elephant Ear Cookies [ French Palmiers ]

Enjoy President’s Day!


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