Pulled Pork Barbecue

Delicious, slow cooked Pulled Pork Barbecue is simple to make and perfect for all of your family gatherings, barbecues, picnics, or tailgates. 

Pulled Pork Barbecue | Bites of Bri

What is your guilty pleasure to make for dinner when you’re on your own? We got into this conversation with friends the other night at dinner. Our friend has some upcoming work travel and there was discussion of her husband feasting on McDonald’s and frozen dinners while she was gone. As friends, we intervened…don’t worry! Around here, if Ben is left to his own devices for dinner, he’s definitely having barbecue.

In fact, if I’m traveling for work, barbecue for dinner. If Ben’s home at lunch, he’s likely picking up barbecue. Meeting a friend? You guessed it. It’s an addiction!

I figured it was about time I finally stop denying him and just give him some barbecue at home. I’ll make it again soon since he even declared it the best barbecue he’s ever had. That’s saying something from the person who invites friends to our local barbecue place and then goes to their favorite place too just to judge who has a better favorite. See? Addicted.


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Southwestern Beef Brisket Tacos with Slaw and Pico de Gallo

With the Super Bowl coming up in just a few weeks, I figured it was time to put together some ideas for meals that can feed a crowd. We’ll be serving these tacos at an upcoming Mexican fiesta and I know our friends will love them.

I’ve been very intimidated by different cuts of beef in the past. Flank steak has long been my standby for slow cooking. Lately, I’ve been branching out and I’m glad I did. While flank steak is always a great choice, there are other great cuts of beef that are inexpensive, flavorful, and tender after hours in the slow cooker.

For this recipe, I chose a beef brisket and marinaded it in a spicy, southwestern blend of spices. The bright and tangy slaw cuts through the richness of the brisket. I personally love when tacos come with slaw. Nothing adds great crunch and texture like slaw on a taco. Top these tacos with slaw, pico de gallo, and some crumbled feta and you’re all set. Yum!


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Healthy Refried Beans

Beans, beans, the magical fruit.

The more you eat, the more you’re mute.

Wait, that’s not how it goes. But that’s how it went this past week when I officially lost my voice. Like, LOST it. For those of you who know me (and have experienced my chatter), this was the most difficult thing for me. I mean, I have so much to say! I went through a bajillion text messages this week, followed by even more scratch pads, and even learned a little sign language. OK, so I improvised on that last part. It was a real challenge, but the good news (or bad news depending on how you look at it) is that my voice is finally coming back! Phew!

For the longest time, I have been leery of refried beans. If you’ve made a trip down the ethnic aisle at the grocery store, you’ve likely experienced what I’m talking about. Being forced to make a decision between lard free or refried beans with lard makes them a little unappetizing. In addition, they make that great suctioned noise when you try to wrestle them out of the can. Yuck! My husband loves refried beans and I’ve been avoiding them forever, but no longer.

After doing some serious research for this Mexican fiesta we are having later this month for someone’s 30th birthday, I found out that you can make them in the slow cooker and that’s exactly what I did. Wow! They babies were so good that I couldn’t stay out of them. They’re fat free and packed with protein. Yum.


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Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Verde

Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Verde | Bites of Bri

Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be a good year. Don’t you think?

The last couple of weeks have been craaaaaazy. So in an effort to find a quick, easy, and light dinner the other night, I threw together this quick salsa verde chicken. Once the cooking time was complete, I knew I had found a winner.

Winner winner chicken dinner. Shameless, aren’t I?

But seriously. This chicken would be great for a super bowl party, Mexican fiesta, or Cinco de Mayo festivities. All of the above. Add this chicken to tacos, enchiladas, salads and you will not be sorry. It is hard to imagine how something with so few ingredients can be loaded with so much flavor.


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