You Just Don’t Want to Fire Up the Grill

May 8, 2009 by

Memorial Day is around the corner.

This year, you're having the barbeque at your house. And you'll probably have a pretty good turnout because the weather has been gorgeous!

So you'll have a big group to cook for, but really want to spend time enjoying the party rather than ...

Warning to Men: Feel free to skip ahead to the recipe at this point. Because you may not like what you're about to read.

Ok ladies, where were we?

Right. You'd rather spend time enjoying the party than messing with the grill.

It's supposed to be 98 here in Texas tomorrow. And I'm sorry, but that is just too hot to stand over the grill for an afternoon picnic. I'd much rather spend time laughing and carrying on, enjoying myself with everyone else.

This recipe actually came as a request from Jaclyn, a reader. She was specifically looking for a pulled pork recipe, and asked if I could help.

Get ready, because this recipe is to die for! And if you like sweet and tangy barbeque sauce, then hold on to your hat cowboy. Because you are never going to want to buy pre-made sauce again. This sauce would rock on ANY meat you pour it on. Brisket, chicken, ribs, whatever.


And don't get overwhelmed by the number of ingredients in the sauce. They're all spices you should have on hand anyways. You'll use them in a lot of my recipes. And besides, the sauce is worth it. It's that good!

So the next time you're having the gang over for a barbeque, but just don't want to fire up the grill, open a cold one and enjoy the outdoors. You have the perfect recipe for a barbeque that doesn't require a single piece of charcoal.

Until our next meal,


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Pulled Pork with Sweet and Tangy Barbeque Sauce

Pulled Pork Ingredients:

Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork

Sweet and Tangy Pulled Pork


  • 6 Pounds Boston Butt Roast
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tsp Seasoning Salt
  • 2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Tbs Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Cups Barbecue Sauce (recipe below!)

Pulled Pork Directions:

  1. Rub garlic, seasoning salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste onto roast.
  2. Place roast in a large Dutch oven or pot and fill half way with water add onion.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
  4. Reduce heat simmer and let cook until meat falls off the bone. This should take at least 3 to 4 hours depending on the size of the roast.
  5. Place hot roast in a serving bowl and pour on your favorite barbecue sauce.
  6. Stir until well blended. The meat will literally pull into little pieces as you stir.

Tip: If making this for a smaller group, you can also buy Boston butt boneless country ribs. Just shorten the cooking time to when the meat breaks apart when touched with a fork. For 2 pounds it takes about an hour and 45 minutes.

Sweet and Tangy Barbeque Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 2 Cups Tomato Sauce
  • 1 1/4 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsulfured Molasses
  • 4 Tsp Hickory-Flavored Liquid Smoke
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Barbeque Sauce Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and butter.
  2. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  3. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes.
  4. For thicker sauce, simmer longer, and for thinner, less time is needed. Sauce can also be thinned using a bit of water if necessary.

Tip: The pulled pork is super tasty, so pair it with a simple green like roasted asparagus. Learn how to easily make some by watching the clip below!

Have you tried this recipe? Or do you have any questions for me?  

I invite you to leave a comment below!