Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pineapple Smoked Pork Butt (well sort of)

1 smoked pork butt (I didn't find a smoked pork butt, but did find a smoked pork shoulder @ Walmart)
2-3 large cans pineapple juice
3-4 cloves garlic (optional)
brown sugar

Place smoked pork butt/shoulder in large pot. (One it just fits in without too much extra room is good.) Pour pineapple juice in to cover, or nearly so. Add grated garlic, if desired. Simmer on top of stove, covered for several hours, until bone will wiggle, but not actually come out. Mine was a 10 lb shoulder, so I think I simmered it for close to 5 hours.) Move pork to shallow pan covered with heavy duty aluminum foil. (Reserve liquid.) Pat a thin layer of brown sugar all over and bake at 350 degrees until it forms a glaze.

At this point I pulled the meat off the bones and shredded it, placed in crockpot to stay warm. Add a little of the pineapple juice it was cooked in to help meat stay moist, but not soupy. I served it on Hawaiian Sweet rolls, I had sliced to make sandwich buns. I also had some Sweet Hot Mustard and Cajun Mustard to spread on the buns, if anyone so desired.

I go to the Southern Indiana YMCA 3 - 4 times a week for Water Aerobics. We call ourselves Waterholics. Some days we work very hard at it, some days, we do a lot of socializing as we move about in the water. One of the men in our 8:00 a.m. class, Tony, told us this recipe. I decided to try it and take it to our Sunday School Class Christmas party this past Sunday. I know that is dangerous, to try out a new recipe for the first time when taking it somewhere, but it sounded like a winner. And I've been told now that it's a keeper.

I have always said, "I need the T-shirt that says 'Spoiled Rotten' on the front," since Gary does do exactly that, spoils me rotten. I have another way to prove this, at least our daughter says so. As I said above I purchased a Smoked Pork Shoulder that was a little over 10 pounds. Well, when I went to make this recipe, I discovered it would not fit in my 8 quart saucepot! What to do? After all there was a bone that went from one end to another! Gary, being the amazing hubby he is, states, "I have a brand new hacksaw blade downstairs, so why don't we cut the meat around the bone with the electric knife and I'll saw through the bone with my hacksaw?" Well friends, it worked like a charm! And both pieces fit in the pot and filled it quite nicely! What a guy, what a guy! I'm so blessed!

p.s. I do apologize for the b-i-g gap in my blogs. I do plan to continue with Ky State Fair recipes at some time. Blessings to all!