2/18/10

Dutch oven BBQ

Ever since I got a cast iron dutch oven with my birthday money last year, I've been amazed at all the wonderful recipes I keep finding to use it with. And I haven't used hardly any of my other kitchen cookware since the day I got it either- even my slow cooker can't hold a candle to the way it cooks meat into a tender delight. I haven't figured out exactly why it cooks so well, but I have a hunch it could be the weight of the heavy cast iron lid that seals it off and keeps the moisture inside. Or, maybe not, but I know for a fact Hubby has never bragged on the roasts I've cooked in the past like he has lately. And the best part, especially for someone like me who has to budget our groceries down to the penny every week, is that you can actually buy the cheaper cuts of meat and have them turn out just as tender and flavorful as the expensive (and smaller) cuts.

A couple of weeks ago I was in the grocery store checking out the marked-down items in the meat department, and I came across a rather large bone-in pork roast for a great price. I immediately thought of how much Hubby loves pork barbeque sandwiches and wondered how it would cook up in the dutch oven. So, I picked up the roast and a bottle of my favorite sauce and headed home. That weekend I made it for the first time, and it was delicious! So much so, I had a special request from Hubby for it again this week. If you have a dutch oven, you'll definitely want to try this- your pork roast will turn out so tender you won't believe it!

I started out by mixing up just a small amount of my favorite sauce (about 4 ounces) with some water....


Enough water to partially cover the roast. (This was a large roast, so it took about 2 1/2 to 3 cups of liquid.)


Into the oven for about 3-4 hours at 300 degrees, then the last hour or so I turned up the heat to 350 to melt away any remaining fat still on the roast. (I didn't trim any fat before putting it in the dutch oven- the cooking process does that for you.)


Total cooking time for this roast (which was almost 4 lbs.) was about 4 1/2 hours- you can allow less time for a smaller roast. (You definitely don't want to overcook it!)
As you can tell from this picture, it literally forks apart!

 

I added the rest of the sauce and mixed it into the meat with my hands while also pulling the meat apart into smaller pieces and...
Ta-da!


Add that with some baked beans and sweet corn from last years' garden, and all that's left to do now is eat.


Happy cooking, everybody!

32 comments:

  1. That looks SOoooo good. We love BBQ pork sandwiches. I love your cast iron Dutch oven. Was it terribly expensive, where did you get yours and is it extremely heavy? Thanks Paula

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  2. I'm echoing Mildred's questions about the Dutch Oven - and my mouthing is absolutely watering over that plate of gorgeous food (even before I've had breakfast!)

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  3. Yumm!! That looks delicious. We have an old one but i've not used it in the oven, just when camping. I'll have to give it a try, now that I'm home and have more time.

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  4. Wow, that looks good Paula. I love my dutch oven too; it's great for alot of things. I always have luck with the reduced meat bin. I'm not sure everyone knows about it:)I appreciate you sharing your recipe.
    Have a good day!
    Debbie

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  5. That looks DEE-LICIOUS Paula! I don't have one of those but I may have to get one now ;)

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  6. Oh My Goodness! You have inspired me! You know, i have my Grandmother Mary's cast iron pot that i rarely use and i am going to go get it out right this minute and see what i can do! I have been wanting a fancy and very expensive) enameled cast iron pot, but maybe i don't need one, huh?

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  7. Paula, your pictures are making me EXTREMELY hungry. Looks DELICIOUS!! I have never used a cast iron Dutch oven, but now I may need to get on the hunt for one.

    Hope you are enjoying your day.♥

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  8. This looks amazing! I have only used cast iron frying pans, but now I think I'll save up for one of those cookers. Your meal looked wonderful-and the corn looked fresh...I'm going to try your pork recipe for sure.
    Love, Debra

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  9. Paula~ That looks great. I have to try that!

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  10. That sure does make the mouth water.
    I don't have on but I may have to save up and get one.
    I used to use cast iron skillets to fry my chicken in and nothing beats them.
    thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  11. It looks like a really good recipe.

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  12. The roast looks very good..we found a cast iron dutch oven in a house but I haven't used it yet..thanks for the post...as it gives me an idea of what to cook in it....any more ideas?

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  13. Oh YUM...wish I was at your house today! I love the cast iron too, we use a lot of it. I love dutch oven dinners in them too. Thanks for sharing the great tips! Come say hi :D

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  14. There is nothing better than finding a perfect cooking dish and then the perfect thing to cook in it! This looks wonderful and now you have made me hungry! Love the names you chose for the lambs! Blessings,Kathleen

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  15. Now, you've done it....made my mouth water and my brain turn to pork-pork-pork. I just happen to have a big bone-in roast, too. Dang it! I just know that I'm going to fix that now! Ooooooh, and the great part is, it will have lots of leftovers. YAY!!!!!
    ★ Linda

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  16. oh, my mouth is watering...i hope i don't short out the keyboard. Nothing like that at my house lately!! Maybe I can get motivated soon.

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  17. okay...i'm trying not to eat anything else, but your roast looks mouth-watering...even at 8:30 at night!!! yum.

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  18. This looks absolutely scrumptious. I only have a cast iron skillet though, not a dutch oven. I know my family would love this recipe.
    Blessings,
    Marci

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  19. I've got to get one of those! The BBQ looks wonderful...bet it tastes good, too!

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  20. That looks delicious!

    It's 9:30 at night and I'm suddenly hungry :)

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  21. We had BBQ last Sunday at church and now you've gotten me wanting it again! That looks delicious! I've never tried cooking in a dutch oven, except at scouts.

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  22. How fantastic! My husband loves to use his dutch oven...but we have only used it back on an outdoor fire! We haven't used it in our oven yet! This lil meal looks perfect!

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  23. I am hungry now, and that looks so delicious. It's amazing what you can do with skirt steak or a bag of chicken parts when you are on a budget. We are quite familiar with that. We used to eat expensive foods, but we constantly broke. Now, we eat fantastic meals on a budget and get what we need.
    ~Randy

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  24. MMM that looks delish. I make cornbread in mine (minus the lid).
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  25. Oh this looks and sounds so good! I need a Dutch oven...Mother's day is coming soon enough, but I think my crock pot will work too.Do you think your barbecue sauce helps a lot too? I have never seen that particular sauce in these parts....

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  26. Looks yummy-I may just have to try that : )

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  27. That looks sooooo yummy! Now I'm going to have to buy a Dutch Oven so that I can make this.

    Irma :)

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  28. I was looking at Dutch Oven's while I was shopping yesterday, and wondered if I would really use it. I think I'm going to have to go back there and buy one - this looks fantastic
    kris

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  29. Mmmmm. I love my Dutch oven too, and the cast iron frying pans. The dutch oven also roasts veggies beautifully too.
    Debbie

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  30. This looks Great Miz Paula! I will give this a try!!
    Happy day to you sweetie!!
    hughugs

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  31. Yum, Paula, that looks delicious! My son bought me a Lodge cast iron dutch oven for Christmas about 5 or so years ago. I love it! As you said, there's no comparison to the magic it makes with a pot roast. I haven't tried the bone-in pork roast, but I plan to soon.

    Since receiving my first piece, my son has since bought me a variety of cast iron pans. I can't imagine being without my cast iron; plus, cooking with it is a good way to get enough iron in your diet. :-)

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  32. Paula, that looks delicious. It makes me wish I had a dutch oven.

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