Meat loaf

A quick and easy recipe (on of my grand-mother’s again). However it is a bit on the heavy side.

Ingredients
2 lbs extra-lean ground beef
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 onion, diced
1 egg
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/2 tea spoon paprika
1/2 tea spoon thyme
salt and pepper, to taste.
6-8 strips of bacon
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1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F

2. Mix together all the ingredients except the bacon.
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3. Shape into a loaf.
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4. Add the bacon strips on top.
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5. Cook for 1h30. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and slicing.
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Pulled Pork

Delicious tender pulled pork. The recipe is easy, but it does require some time. There is two parts to the recipe. The first is the spice rub that goes on the meat. The second is the BBQ style sauce the meat is covered with.

Made this for a family picnic. Everyone seemed to love it. It does, however, make for a lot of pork. Adjust quantities as you see fit.

Ingredients
2 kg of pork shoulder, in two pieces of roughly 1kg each
1 Boston lettuce
6-12 buns of your choice

For the rub :
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin

For sauce :
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup cola
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 heaping tea spoon of brown sugar.

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1. Grind the whole spices with a mortar and pestle, if not already done. Then mix together all the spices (for the rub section above).
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2. Measure two tablespoon of the spices and set aside. Rub the remaining spices on the pork. Wrap tightly in cling wrap and refrigerate over night.
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3. Heat the oven to 325F. Remove the cling wrap and wrap tightly in aluminium foil (you want to prevent the juices from escaping the meat). Put in the oven for 6 hours.
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4. About 30 minutes before the pork is done cooking, mix together all the sauce ingredients plus the reserved spice mix in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the sauce darkens and has reduced.
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5. Take the pork out of the oven and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes. Then remove the aluminium foil.
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6. Using two forks pull the pork apart into long shreds. Mix the meat with half of the sauce while both are still warm.
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** Optional step : drive 2 hours to picnic.

7. Assemble the sandwich. Put a leaf of Boston lettuce at the bottom on the bun, pile in as much meat as you care for. Spoon some of the sauce unto the top of the bun as condiment.
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Breaded Pork Chops

I love breaded pork chops, slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. I prefer pork chops without the bone for these. Serve with your favorite bbq sauce.

Ingredients:
1 pork chop per person
1 egg
1 table spoon milk
Bread crumbs
Cayenne pepper
Paprika
Black Pepper
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1. Set two shallow bowls. In the first one, break the egg and add the milk. Beat lightly with a fork. In the second one pour enough breadcrumbs to cover the bottom. Add a few good dashes of paprika, a pinch of cayenne and some black pepper (no, I have never measured these) and mix the spices into the breadcrumbs.
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2. Put the meat in the eggs, drain the excess for a few seconds then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure the breadcrumb layer is even and covers all the of the pork chop. Put in a pan with some olive oil and butter.
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3. Cook until both sides are golden and the meat is white (or ever so slightly pink in the middle, according to your taste)
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