Pork Recipes

Tangier Island Virginia Crab Cakes

Ingredients:
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound lump crabmeat, drained – do not break up chunks too much
2 slices white bread, finely crumbled (about 1 ½ cups)
3 tablespoons canola oil
There are 4 grades of crabmeat: claw, special, lump and jumbo lump.  Using blue lump crabmeat for this recipe will result in the best texture and flavor.

Directions:
Add the crabmeat AFTER mixing the initial ingredients to avoid breaking up the chunks of crab too much.  Then, mix in the bread crumbs gently. When adding the bread crumbs, use only as much as you need to be able to form the patty that holds together.
In a large bowl, mix all the first eight ingredients until blended.  Fold in crab until well coated.  Gently stir in bread crumbs until well blended.  Shape into twelve ½ inch thick patties.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add crab cakes in batches; cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side.
Makes 12 crab cakes
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes per batch

Remoulade Sauce:
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chopped dill pickle
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons creole mustard
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Mix all ingredients together until well blended.  Serve with crab cakes.  Makes 1 cup.

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Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

Ingredients:
½ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 4 boneless pork loin chops (8 oz each, 1 inch thick)
* Optional – Bone-In Pork Loin Chops can be substituted

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine and mix all items except the pork chops.
Add pork chops, turn to coat – refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Drain and discard marinade.
Preheat grill medium heat.  Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.
Grill chops covered for 10-15 minutes on each side or until an internal thermometer reads 145 degrees F.
Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4
From Prep to Table 25 to 30 minutes

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Garlic Boneless Pork Roast

Ingredients:
½ cup chopped fresh celery
½ medium green pepper, finely chopped
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 boneless pork loin roast (4 to 5 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix celery, green pepper, green onions and garlic.  Place the roast in a roasting pan, fat side up.  Make deep slits into top of roast.  Fill slits with vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle roast with salt and cayenne.
Roast until the meat reaches desired doneness (medium is 145 degrees F internal temp), 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.
Remove roast from oven; tent with foil.  Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
Serves 8
Prep to Table 90 minutes

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Shirley’s Easy Baby Back Ribs

Thinking about doing Baby Back Ribs?  This is probably the easiest recipe for Baby Backs you will find and results in fall-off-the-bone  delicious ribs every time!

Ingredients:
Pork Baby Back Ribs
Salt & Pepper
Your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions:
After washing and drying the baby back ribs, salt and pepper as you prefer.
Using a racked baking pan, pour water in the bottom of the pan.  Place the baby backs on the rack – do not allow the ribs to touch the water – with the meaty side up.
Cover with aluminum foil – sealing it so that steam does not escape while baking, but ensuring to tent the foil so that it does not touch the ribs.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2 to 3 hours.  Ribs should appear loose on the bones to go to the next step.
Either finish the ribs with the BBQ sauce in the oven, or on a grill.
Oven Finish – Spread BBQ sauce on the side of ribs that is up – place back into the oven, uncovered, until the BBQ sauce is starting to carmelize.  Turn the ribs over and spread BBQ sauce on the the remaining side and put back into the oven until the BBQ sauce starts to carmelize.  Remove from the oven.
Grill Finish – Spread BBQ sauce on the side of ribs that will be face down on the BBQ grill until the BBQ sauce is starting to carmelize.  Spread BBQ sauce on the remaining side, place it on the BBQ grill rack until the sauce starts to carmelize.  Remove from the grill.
The meat should almost fall off the bones.  Have additional warmed BBQ sauce on the side for those that want to dip their ribs.  Serve immediately.
A fresh salad and freshly baked garlic bread (on the grill or in the oven) are all you need with these Baby Back Ribs.

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Shirley’s Easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients:
3 to 5 pounds of bone-in OR boneless pork shoulder
1 bottle Dale’s Steak Seasoning (Marinade)
Water
Buns

Toppings for Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Mustards
BBQ Sauces
Cheese Slices: American, Cheddar, Provolone, Colby Jack
Cole Slaw or Shredded Raw Cabbage
Dill Pickles on the side

Directions:
Put pork shoulder in large slow cooker, fat side up.
Pour ½ to the full bottle of Dale’s Marinade over the pork shoulder; pour equal amount of water into slow cooker.
The pork shoulder can cook over night or all day on low for 10 hours if your slow cooker converts to warm after 10 hours.  Or cook on high for 5 to 6 hours.  Either way, if you used a bone-in pork shoulder, the bone should pull right out with no resistance.  If you used a boneless pork shoulder, take a fork and twist the meat – it should shred instantly – again, no resistance.
Remove the bone and all of the fat that you can.  After removing the fat, shred the pork into the liquid.  Leave on warm for about an hour so that the inside portions of the pork shoulder gets some of the seasoning into it.
Using a slotted spoon, move the shredded pork shoulder to a plate or bowl – discard the remaining marinade and grease and any remaining fat.  Wipe out the slow cooker and return the pulled pork to it to stay warm.  If you want the pulled pork to be more moist, then reserve some of the marinade liquid mixture (without the grease) to pour over it when returned to the slow cooker.
Serve on warmed or toasted buns with assorted condiments (mustards, BBQ sauces) and cheeses (American slices, cheddar slices, provolone slices), Cole Slaw or shredded raw cabbage with dill pickles on the side.

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