The flavor and aroma of smoked meat scream summer to me, especially after spending the last eight years in North Carolina. If you want to try your hand at smoking at home but don’t have a dedicated smoker, you can actually transform your propane grill into a makeshift smoker.
You can use this same set-up to cook any meat from chicken wings to brisket to pork roasts. Turning your grill into a smoker is fairly simple. All you need is:
A full tank of propane
Time – smoking takes longer than grilling, especially for large cuts of meat
In this post, I’ll walk you through transforming your gas grill into a smoker and then show you how to make simple, tasty smoked pork chops that will get you hooked on smoking meats at home. Get ready to get smoky!
When you think of a Cubano, or Cuban Sandwich, you probably think of some combination of flavorful pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on bread, grilled until the layers meld into a salty, tangy, warm pork and cool pickle flavor bomb. This Keto Cubano Sliders Recipe gives you the Cuban Sandwich experience you crave without messing up your carb count. Cuban Sandwich Sliders are versatile, and if you make the pork and bread ahead, you can throw them together for any occasion. Virtual learning with the kiddos? Throw them together for a lunch that makes everyone happy. Having your quarantine pod squad over for a late summer get-together before the fall chill sets in? Cubano Sliders will be a hit with everyone. Weeknight dinner? Serve sliders along with your big-ass salad and call it good. A few tips: The sandwich bread linked in the recipe browns very nicely in a pan or on a griddle. When pressing the sandwich, use a heavy pot or pan and maintain pressure until it’s time to flip the sandwich over. You can use pork tenderloin instead of the pork butt (shoulder) if you’d like, but will need to adjust cooking time since the cut is thinner and leaner than the shoulder. Ready to get started? Keto Cubano (Cuban Sandwich) Sliders Recipe (Gluten Free) Serves: 8 Time in the kitchen: 2 hrs 2o min, including 2 hrs hands-off roasting time Ingredients For the Pork: 2 lbs. boneless pork butt (shoulder roast) 2 Tbsp. avocado oil 4 garlic cloves Juice from 1/2 lime Juice from 1/2 orange Zest from 1/2 lime and orange 1/2 Tbsp. cumin 1/2 Tbsp. oregano 1 tsp. coriander 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. black pepper 2 cups chicken broth For the Sandwich: 8 slices sliced ham 4 slices swiss cheese, cut in half 8 pickles Dijon mustard 1 Batch Keto Sandwich Bread 1 Tbsp. butter Directions In a bowl, combine half of the oil, lime juice, orange juice, lime and orange zest, cumin, oregano, coriander, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Pour it all over the pork butt and place it in the fridge for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat with the remaining oil. Once hot, add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Remove the pork from the marinade and place it in the pot. Allow the meat to sear for about 2 minutes on both sides. Pour the marinade into the pot as well as the chicken broth. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and place it in the oven for about 2 hours. At this point, flip the meat over and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until you can shred the pork. Shred the meat and place the pot back into the oven uncovered and increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Allow the pork to roast for about 30 minutes, or until … Continue reading “Keto Cubano (Cuban Sandwich) Sliders Recipe (Gluten Free)”
A flavorful, home-cooked meal that takes just a few minutes of prep work? Yes, please! No matter how you serve it – on a salad, alongside your favorite slaw, with plantains, or tucked into grain-free tortillas – Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork is comfort food perfection. All you need to do is a quick chop, a quick sear, and your Instant Pot takes care of the rest. As a bonus, you can make more than you need and stash the extras in the fridge or freezer for later. No Instant Pot? No problem! You can make this dish using your stovetop and oven. Modifications are listed below. Let’s get started. For more like this, instantly download the Keto Reset Diet Recipe Sampler Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork Recipe Serves: 4-6 Time in the kitchen: 65 minutes, including 60 minutes hands-off cook time Ingredients 2.5 lbs pork butt or shoulder, cut into 4-5 chunks 1.5 tbsp. Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil or Olive Oil 1.5 cups chopped onion 3 cloves chopped garlic 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder 1/2 tbsp. paprika 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. salt 3/4 cup chicken broth 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen Hawaiian BBQ Sauce 1/4 cup coconut aminos 1 tsp. dijon mustard Toppings (optional): avocado, cheese, chopped tomatoes and onions, or chunks of pineapple. Directions Combine the paprika, salt, pepper, ginger, and garlic in a bowl. Toss the pork chunks in the spices until they are covered on all sides. Add the oil to your Instant Pot insert and press the Sauté function. Once the oil begins to heat, add the chopped onion. Sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and stir until it is fragrant. Add the chunks of pork to the pot and brown for 1-2 minutes on both sides. Whisk the broth, Primal Kitchen Hawaiian BBQ Sauce, coconut aminos and mustard in a bowl and pour the sauce on top of the pork. Hit the Cancel function and then select the Manual Pressure Cook function. Set the timer for 35 minutes on high pressure and secure the valve. Once the timer is up, allow the pressure to manually release for 12 minutes, then flip the vent to quick-release to finish releasing any steam. Remove the lid and use two forks to shred the meat. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Pour the meat and sauce in a large pyrex or sheet pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until it bubbles and the sauce begins to thicken slightly. The more shallow the pan is, the more quickly the pork will crisp up. Don’t Have an Instant Pot? Simply soften the onions and garlic, sear the pieces of pork, and add the broth and other ingredients to the pot. If needed, add more broth so the broth covers at least the bottom half of the meat. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and place the pot in a 325 degree oven for around … Continue reading “Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ Pork Recipe”
‘Tis the season for impressive meats, and ham is certainly one of the classics. Tender, savory and salty, it’s easy to love—and, thankfully, easy to prepare.
Store-bought hams are typically cured either with nitrites or celery powder and smoked. Since the ham is already cooked, you’re essentially adding flavors you’d like and warming it before serving. Look for a ham without glazes, and with minimal ingredients or added sugar. Ask your local butcher or farmer what they’d recommend. Brands like Pederson’s or Niman Ranch can be found in stores and are part of the Certified Humane Raised & Handled program. Pederson’s also sells a sugar-free ham that is Whole30® approved.
The best appetizers should be a surprising, satisfying confluence of flavor and texture—in a single mouthful. Yes, it’s a bit of a tall order, isn’t it? Nevertheless, we think the salty, crisp bite of these bacon-wrapped water chestnuts deliver exactly that. Did we mention the sweet-savory tang of teriyaki is there, too?
But maybe we had you at the word bacon….
Can a party spread ever have enough bacon-wrapped delicacies? We didn’t think so….
While many bacon appetizers go full-on savory, we like the natural sweetness of this one. The contrasts of tastes is enough to inspire, but this one’s a symphony of texture, too. The softness of date with the cream of blue cheese and crunch of pecan all wrapped in chewy bacon can feel like a full meal in one mouthful. All is right with the world in that moment.