Two moms. Five daughters. Opposite ends of the globe.

Two moms. Five daughters. A friendship that spans opposite ends of the globe.

We have been best friends for ages with a shared love for good food. A desire of good health for ourselves and our families have lead us to exploring the paleo lifestyle together. Enjoy our adventure!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Alaskan Sourdough Pork

In local slang, a Cheechako is someone new to Alaska while a Sourdough is an Alaskan old-timer. This tangy and spicy barbecued pork is delicious enough to satisfy even the most crusty of old sourdoughs. Pre-paleo, my family loved the yummy barbecued meats grilled up at Sourdough Mining Company, a replica of an old mill house filled with gold mining memorabilia. Since it's impossible for me to eat there without indulging in their corn fritters and honey butter, we have steered clear from there for quite a while. This dinner was my successful attempt at serving the girls a Sourdough worthy meal!

Serves 4-6

Pulled Pork Ingredients:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 pound pork loin roast
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper 

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 cup liquid, reserved from the cooked pork
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 - 1 T sambal olek (or another paleo-friendly hot sauce)
  • 1 T spicy brown mustard
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T frozen pineapple juice concentrate (100% juice)

  1. Place chopped onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the roast. Cut slits on the roast and embed a garlic clove in each one.
  3. Pour chicken broth over the roast.
  4. Cover with slices of bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook meat on low for 6-8 hours, or until meat is cooked through and tender.
  6. Strain pork, reserving liquid and set aside.
  7. In a sauce pan, add all ingredients for the BBQ sauce.
  8. Simmer for 20 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  9. Stir pulled pork into the sauce and serve immediately.
For a complete sourdough dinner, serve with paleo coleslaw and sweet potato fries.

Paleo Coleslaw: Chop cabbage and carrots or use a pre-packaged coleslaw mix. Whisk together a dressing made with olive oil, rice vinegar, and spicy brown mustard.

Sweet Potato Fries: Peel 2 sweet potatoes and cut into fry size pieces. Soak in cold water for 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Drizzle with olive oil and spicy spice mixture (I like using berbere, an Ethiopian spice mix). Spread onto a cookie sheet and cook for 30-45 minutes at 400 degrees.

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