Easy Appetizer – Slow Cooker Glazed Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites

Easy Appetizer – Slow Cooker Glazed Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites


My daughter made this recipe – from  Merry About Town & loved it. Well…now she has moved in with me (it’s a “village for Lily” thing) and made it for all of “us”. Everyone loves it. What’s not to love about pork on pork?
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Another reason to love it…it’s EASY, it’s easy and it’s easy  Did I say it’s easy? ️ 😆
 Ingredients

3 large links of pre-cooked sausage such as Kielbasa or Mennonite sausage (~1 1/2 pounds)
Raw Sliced bacon (~1/2 pack)
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp grainy mustard
toothpicks

 Instructions

Cut sausage into rounds about 1 inch thick.
Cut bacon slices in half both ways so that you get 4 long thin pieces.
Wrap each piece of sausage with one of the 1/4 bacon pieces, secure with a toothpick and place in a regular size crockpot.
Continue until all your sausage is wrapped and in the crockpot.
Add brown sugar and mustard to the crockpot.
Gently stir so the sausage is covered with brown sugar and mustard (it will not be over all of it but you don’t want one big clump of sugar at the top).
Cover and cook on low for 6- 8 hours or on hight for 4 hours.
Pour in to a dish to serve or serve straight from the crockpot.

.”our” personally preferred bacon for this recipe 😀

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The Country Cook: Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

The Country Cook: Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

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http://www.thecountrycook.net/2011/01/slow-cooker-pork-chops.html?m=1

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Grilled Northwoods Chops

from PENZEY’S SPICES

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Nothing’s tastier than a grilled pork chop, and these are easy, too. Serve with basil-topped pasta and fruit salad for a summery picnic dinner.

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Ingredients

4 1-inch thick pork chops
2 TB. NORTHWOODS SEASONING*
2 TB. vegetable oil

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Directions

Trim the chops. Leave a thin layer of fat, which helps keep the meat juicy during cooking. Put the chops in a flat bottomed baking dish. Rub with oil, then season heavily with NORTHWOODS SEASONING*. Make sure both sides of the chops are totally coated, cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning once; overnight marinating is even better.

To grill, start 20-30 pieces of charcoal in a pile on one side of the grill. When the coals are grey (after 15 minutes or so), spread them out into one tightly packed layer. Place the chops on the hot part of the grill, sear for 2 minutes per side. Move the chops to the cooler side of the grill, cover and cook for another 10 minutes, turning once. Thicker chops may need a bit more time.

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One of our most popular seasonings. Up North Wisconsin is a great place to fish, but it’s an even better place to eat. Northwoods is a perfect seasoning for family-style fried or baked chicken and fish. For baking, sprinkle on 1-2 tsp. per pound–rub fish with a bit of oil first. Try adding Northwoods to hearty soups and stews.

Hand-mixed from: coarse flake salt, paprika, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, granulated garlic and ground chipotle pepper.

https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/northwoods-seasoning/c-24/p-423/pd-s

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Great with so many sides! Whatever is fresh. Grilled Potatoes, grilled corn….
A fresh salad….it’s HOT here so anything cool is good with us. Like pasta salad…
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Yumm….

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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

adapted from the kitchen
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I do mine whole w/dry rub, dash liquid smoke, other personal preferences and usually apple juice, organic apple cider, etc.. Didn’t have any this time. No veggies with mine but yes on a little vegetable stock; using Better Than Bouillon vegetable base. And I had peaches?
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Scary…let’s see how that works!…. simple, low and slow for today 😉
*NOTE at bottom of page 😀

I shared the kitchen because there’s good information and ideas.
However, mine ➳ whole, longer, flavor, less liquid.

Slow-Cooking the Pork

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Cooking a pork shoulder into heavenly succulence is practically fool-proof, but it does require time. The shoulder is a hard-working muscle and the meat is pretty darn tough. At a low, steady temperature, however the gelatin in that tough shoulder melts and bastes the meat as it cooks. You can’t rush it.
Put the meat in a Dutch oven or other heavy pot, pour in just enough liquid (broth, beer, or anything else) so that the meat is partially-submerged, then cover it and let the pork cook slowly in a low oven for a few hours. This is entirely hands-off time. The porrk is done when it’s so tender that it literally flakes apart when you poke it with a fork and falls off the bone.

What to Do with Pork Shoulder

I said this was my secret weapon and I meant it. A few hours of labor upfront means some pretty darn incredible pork that will make almost any quick weeknight dish taste like it took hours to make.Depending on how you spice the pork, one single batch can be used in countless ways. Besides making straight-up pulled pork sandwiches, I add it to pasta sauces and frittatas, casseroles and pizzas. Don’t forget about making tacos or enchiladas, steamed pork buns or stir-fried rice — almost every cuisine has its own uses for shredded pork! I also freeze the pork in 1-cup batches so that I can easily thaw it for easy dinners down the road.
I’ve listed a few other ideas below and some different spice blends at the end of the recipe.

What You Need

Ingredients
4 to 6 pound boneless pork shoulder or butt (or 5 to 7 pounds bone-in)
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1 to 3 tablespoons mixed spices or dry herbs
1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil oil
1 yellow onion, sliced (optional)
1 carrot, roughly chopped (optional)
3 stalks celery, roughly chopped (optional)
4 cloves garlic, smashed (optional)
1 1/2 cups liquid — chicken or vegetable broth, tomato juice, light or amber beer, white or red wine, orange juice, or a mix of several liquids
2 to 4 tablespoons liquid smoke (optional)
1/4 to 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (optional)

Equipment
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
Measuring cups and spoons
5-quart or larger Dutch oven
Large mixing bowl
Dinner forks (optional)

Instructions

Heat the oven to 325°F.
Place an oven rack in the lower-middle of the oven.Trim the pork: Trim off any large pieces of fat from the outside, but leave small pieces and the interior fat. If using boneless pork, cut the pork into several large fist-sized pieces. If using bone-in, leave the pork as is, on the bone.

Season the pork: 
Sprinkle the pork with salt, pepper, and spices. Rub the seasoning into the pork with your fingers so that the meat is evenly coated on all sides.Sear the pork (optional).
Add the vegetables (if using):Onions, garlic, and other vegetables also deepen the final flavor of the pork, but are optional. If using, nestle them around the pork in the Dutch oven.
Add the liquid: 
Pour the liquid and liquid smoke (if using) over the top of the pork. The pork should be only partially submerged, with some of the pork remaining above the surface of the liquid.
Bring to a simmer: 
Set the Dutch oven with the pork over medium-high heat and bring the liquid to a simmer.
Cover and transfer to the oven:Once simmering, cover the Dutch oven and transfer the whole pot to the oven.
Cook for 2 to 4 hours, until fork tender: Let the pork cook undisturbed for 2 hours, then begin checking it every half hour. Total cooking time will be 2 to 4 hours depending on the amount of pork and whether it’s bone-in (which takes longer to cook). The pork is done when it is fork-tender: when the meat can be easily pierced with a fork without resistance and easily falls apart with a little pressure. If you’re cooking pork on the bone, the meat should be falling off the bone. If in doubt, cook the meat another half hour; it’s almost impossible to overcook meat with this method.
Transfer the pork to a large bowl:
Lift the pieces of pork out of the liquid and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
When cool enough to handle, use two forks or your fingers to shred the meat into pieces. Remove any large pieces of fat or bones.
Strain the cooking liquid: 
Strain the cooking liquid into a measuring cup. The vegetables can be chopped and mixed in with the pork, if desired. Skim the fat off the top of the cooking liquid.Moisten the pork with cooking liquid or barbecue sauce (optional):
For more moist and flavorful pulled pork, you can mix some of the cooking liquid back into the pork. Start with a little, mix, then add more until the pork is as wet or dry as you like. Alternatively, for barbecue pulled pork, you can mix in barbecue sauce.
Serve or freeze the pork: 
Pulled pork will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator or for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

Slow Cooker Variation: In a 5-quart or larger slow cooker, combine the meat, any vegetables, and liquid. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
Spice Combinations:
→ Plain pork (most versatile, season after cooking for use in any dish): bay leaf (used whole) with no other spices
→ Barbecue-spiced pork (good for pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, and pizza):cumin, paprika, brown sugar, dry mustard
→ Herbed pork (good for pasta sauces, ravioli, and casseroles): fresh or dried oregano, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, bay leaf (used whole)
→ Mexican-spiced pork (good for enchiladas, burritos, tacos and tamales):cumin, chile powder, dried oregano, dried chipotle or ancho chiles (used whole), garlic powder
→ Asian-spiced pork (good for tacos, steamed dumplings, and stir-fried rice):star anise, cloves, fennel, coriander, cinnamon (or Chinese 5-spice blend)

Lot’s of good ideas!
http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-and-shred-a-pork-shoulder-for-pulled-pork-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-79485

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*TURNED OUT DELICIOUS!
with peaches!

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Next: I found good recipes to use some of this pork the rest of the week @theHuffingtonPost YUMM!