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Pork Picnic Roast/ Skin On, Slow Cooked in Molasses & Pumpkin Ale

4 to 5 Pounds Fresh (Not Cured/ Smoked) Pork Picnic Roast

Salt & Pepper to Taste


1 TSP Onion Powder (NOT Salt)

1 TSP Garlic Powder (Not Salt)

1/2 TSP Dry Mustard

1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes, Crushed

3 TBS Brown Sugar

1/4 TSP Nutmeg

3/4 TSP Clove, Ground

3/4 TSP Allspice

1/4 TSP Cinnamon

Sift or Mix the above 9 ingredients together really, really well.



3 or 4 TBS Molasses

3 or 4 TBS Dark Soy Sauce

1/3 Cup Seasonal Pumpkin Ale, I used Anderson Valley’s version.

Whisk the above 3 items together.

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Smoky Red Sauerkraut w/ Dark Beer

Sauerkraut is a lovely side dish or topping that is often just pulled out of the can or bag, heated up and plopped down as a here you have it side. This is fine and dandy but it is a bit boring so I encourage you to try this smoky kraut dish that goes great with grilled, smoked or seared meats, especially pork, duck and other rich meats.

Even if you think you don’t like sauerkraut, you must try this, it will blow your mind what kraut can be!

This one has a subtle sourness with a nice smoky

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Risotto with Two Kinds of Mushrooms

Risotto is one of those dishes that seem to intimidate people because it is viewed as labor intensive, in all reality it is quite simple to make and there are endless ways to make it.  Just grab fresh and wonderful produce at the store or farmers market and get cooking!

This risotto is pretty basic and works well as a base for many other ones so feel free to experiment with it and comment with your own creations below.  Oh, this was my first attempt at it so if I can do it you can too!

Mushroom risotto


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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The last seven weeks I have been working out at the MN Renascence Festival on top of my day job which I usually do some over time so cooking at home has been at a minimum for many of a week.  All I can say is that if the zombie apocalypse happened I would fit right in! One thing I did cook was some awesome slow cooker pulled pork that I took out for my co-workers.

I made sandwiches out of these but you could do so much with the end product.  I am thinking of nachos, tacos, over

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Indian Inspired IPA Beef Stew:

I wasn’t sure what to call this dish since it isn’t really a curry and the addition of beer kind of throws it a wrench it to it also but as you can see I settled on a vague inspired title!  This no holds bar stew that is inspired by Indian spices and a beer that was made for to survive the heat ofIndia.  It has loads of flavor and is very satisfying change of pace after all that holiday food.

Oh, this is a bit hot, cut done the cayenne and remove seeds and ribbing from the sarono

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Braised pork shoulder w/ fennel and beer:

My intention was to slow cook a pork roast for pulled pork something or another on the grill this weekend but the weather had turned cooler so the itch to slow cook in the Dutch oven took hold.  I chose to braise that pork instead with some fennel and some beer.

What is braising?  Braising is a simple and wonderful way to make tough meats fall apart tender.  The basic concept is to cook the meat low and slow with some sort of liquid and added aromatics until falling apart tender.  It really is an anything goes type

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Curry Boneless Country Styled Pork Ribs

Photo Credit Pexa

This is a wonderful use of boneless country styled pork ribs.  It is spicy and tangy and the curry puts a nice glow on ones soul.  Serve over rice or with a baked potato and add your favorite veggie or leafy salad for a perfect meal!

1 lb boneless country styled pork ribs ½ onion sliced Few glugs of olive oil Some flour for dredging 1 tbls. peach or apricot preserve 1 tsp. brown sugar 1 tbls. hot curry powder (use regular if you don’t want it to spicy) 1 dried chilly crushed (or hot

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