On Sunday, The Smiths came over to catch up, have lunch, celebrate my arrival to Tampa, and spend some time in the pool. I took the opportunity to break out an old favorite. One of the great things about this dish is that it is I make mine in the crockpot so you fix it and forget it until its time to eat. I enjoy being able to spend time with my guests rather than being tied up in the kitchen the whole time.
Momma suggested this rub for the pork and it was divine. The meat came out so tender and yummy. Definitely make this dish because it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You could also adapt this recipe for chicken.
2 lb. pork tenderloin
1/2 cup of chicken broth - you really could use any liquid, I happened to have this on hand
Buns to make a sandwich
Any side fixings you might fancy
Dry Rub Ingredients, Courtesy of Tyler Florence
3 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon dry mustard
3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
The night before wash and dry the tenderloin. Apply the dry rub thoroughly to cover the tenderloin. Be generous. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
Note: If you forget to do this ahead of time, it is no big deal. Apply it before placing in crockpot. It tastes better the longer it has to season the meat.
Place the seasoned tenderloin with chicken broth in crockpot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours until tender. The meat should fall apart. To get the "pulled" effect, use two forks and gently pull the meat apart while it is still warm. Serve immediately.
Your guests could enjoy this on buns or without. This dish could also be frozen and is great for leftovers.
Of course, the most important part of any meal is the ones you are able to enjoy it with. I have been friends with Melissa and Derek for nearly ten years. Mel, my fellow dip queen, made my favorite dip and we had lots of girl talk. Y'all know that I love me some babies. Lucky for me, The Smith Family includes two little pumpkins who sweetly call me "Aunt Jessica". I always cherish my time with them. I am happy to have been able to share my Sunday with such dear friends.
|Derek and Madi Kate enjoying the pool|
|Little Connor relaxing|
|Girl Time with Melissa|