Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cheap ass Pork Roast

Here's the story...
Ok, so I found Pork Butt on sale for less than $2 per lb. I hate dealing with Pork roasts because I have to separate it before serving. Fat, goo, bones and odd membrane things to the critters - Actual meat to the humans. This makes me do the math per pound in this way: Fatty or Bony meat = .5lb per person which cooks down to about 4oz of cooked meat. For 9 people we're talking about 4.5lbs and I round up for extra for lunches or dinner for Pop's. At two bucks a pound, that's like $10 just for meat for ONE meal. Looking at it another way though, that's $1 per person for meat in a meal, which doesn't sound as horrible as the other way. (Even though it really is...)
Crazy Good Pork Roast
5.5# Pork Butt
1 bottle Dollar Store Zesty Italian Dressing
2 C Water
2 Med Onions
Italian Seasonings
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Balsamic Vinegar
Spicy Mustard
Seasoning Salt
Put roast into bowl or bag and pour in whole bottle of Italian Dressing. Marinate for at least 2 hours... overnight if ya wanna.
Put roast into cookpot. Add 1c of marinade, throw the rest out. Coat roast with balsamic vinegar, drizzle molasses to cover, lay a good crust of italian seasonings, cover with enough spicy mustard to coat entire top of roast - use a spoon to smooth it over. Coat roast with onion powder, garlic powder and seasoning salt. Pour 2 cups of water into cookpot add 2 chunked med onions. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Drop temp to medium-low once it boils. Flip roast every hour, let cook covered for 4 hours. At the beginning of hour 3, drop the temp to low.
Dude, this came out amazing. It was spoon tender and savory like mad. I know the 4 hour cook time sounds crazy, but all you have to do is flip it once an hour and turn it down after 2 hours....you touch the stove, what, like 10 times? Dump, sprinkle, boil, simmer, flip, simmer, flip, turn down, flip, flip, done. And you don't even have to worry about watching it or stirring till your arm falls off...
Best of all... it's gluten free, so Steele can have what everyone else is having!
Add a side of rice or oven baked (bogo) potatoes and a veggie... Total cost is about $2 per person and very worth it.