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Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork – Break out the Instant Pot folks!

One of the best bbq pulled pork recipes out there! Bold, flavorful, tender and perfect for weekly meal prep, freezer meals or a killer pulled pork sandwich! Find out how to make it in no time thanks to the pressure cooker!

All aboard the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker train folks!  CHOO CHOO! lol God I love pressure cooking!  But then again, you kind of already know that considering I post so many recipes and have been preaching about it for years. Raise your hands if you got one for the holidays?  Raise your hands if it’s still on your wish list. Hmmm…are we at the point yet where some of you have more than one pressure cooker? *raises her hand*  Yeah, at one point I had 3 of them. I mean in all fairness I was testing them out. I did end up giving Mama Fantabulous my smaller 6 quart one.

Now is the time of the year when pork butts and shoulders are the cheapest. They may go a tad cheaper in the warmer months for cookouts and bbqs but in the winter, at least in Pittsburgh, they are pretty cheap. It’s football (and hockey) season which means everyone and their mother makes pulled pork. Every get together, game night, football game, poker night has pulled pork in some fashion.

Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork Butt

Today I’m sharing another version of mine. The last one I shared with you (a million years ago) was with my Bacon BBQ sauce (which to date is still one of my top sauce recipes!). That Bacon BBQ Pulled pork was epic but this one, I’m kind of crushing hard on this one.
You’re definitely want to make this for your freezer meals!

Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili

This Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili is a hearty, stick to your ribs, chili packed with all the fixins’ whether you’re rustling up cattle on the range or the kiddos for practice.

Yes, another chili recipe folks – I’m in a ‘mood’ for chili. It’s winter here in Pittsburgh and last night it was butt cold. Like we’re talking single digits here. I just can’t do the cold weather any more; it just goes straight through me.  And since I don’t like in Bora Bora or Arizona where’s always warm, I go for foods that warm me from the inside out. A few weeks ago I posted my Pumpkin Beef Chili which, has received RAVE reviews! Now if you still on the fence, just read the comments. Have faith and try it. I actually had someone make it as part of their Christmas dinner and LOVED it!

Cowboy BBQ Beef, Bacon & Bean Chili

So this chili is completely different as well. It’s kind of like a cross between a stew and a chili with a hint of bbq. Should I call it a Stewli?  What about Chilew? I had bought some boneless beef shoulder ribs a million years ago and stuck them in my freezer.

…to only be forgotten about for several months.

Do you do that too? Put something in the freezer only to forget about it only to find it later? It’s like a foodie Christmas!  LOL
Mosey on over to grab the recipe!

Swedish Meatballs

These Swedish meatballs are soft, tender, and deliciously seasoned with a hint of allspice smothered in a rich and decadent beef gravy!

This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware® featuring their 3 QT Dutch Oven and the “Jul” cookbook. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

Swedish meatballs were something Mom seemed to ALWAYS make when she didn’t know what else to make for dinner in the winter. They were inexpensive, you could feed a huge family fairly inexpensive and they were so filling that you didn’t have to worry about starving later that night. Now full disclosure, I didn’t like Moms. Now don’t get me wrong as I have her recipe and absolutely love them now but when I was little, my tastes were very, VERY immature. If I could have lived on mashed potatoes, corn, butter bread and dippy eggs I would have. I was a ridiculously picky eater. If I even saw the teensiest trace of an onion I was convinced the dish was poisoned and if I ate it horrible things would happen to my body.

Swedish Meatballs

However, one thing my parents didn’t do was cater to us. If we didn’t like what we were served, we either ate it or we went to bed hungry. And you can be certain there was no dessert involved if you didn’t eat your dinner. And let me tell you what folks, you would have eaten a whole raw onion for a slice of my Mom’s blackout cake! HEAVEN! But Mom’s Swedish meatballs recipe I covet and yes I put onions in it like she did. I’ve actually grown to appreciate and dare I say, love them, in foods. Now I won’t go so far to say I’ll eat a raw one but if they are cooked I’m your girl!

Truly a classic, comfort food!

Sheet Pan Savory Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Hasselback Potatoes and Stuffed Mushrooms

This post is sponsored by Hatfield and SheKnows Media.

Savory Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with hasselback potatoes and stuffed mushrooms are perfect for family dinner, game night or a holiday gathering!

TKW Family have I got one AMAZING recipe that seriously became one of my FAVORITE sheet pan dinners! But first, let’s get real here for a minute. “Free time” is something that not a lot of us have much of these days. We are constantly on the go albeit work, kids’ games, practice, volunteer work, housework, chores and whatever else life throws in our way. Sometimes dinner is an afterthought, as most people do not really want to stand at the counter prepping for an hour, cooking for two and then washing a million dishes. Let’s not even talk about all the work we do around the holidays just to get ready. I mean we cook a million things, never really sit down and sometimes, do not even get a chance to enjoy our own holiday gatherings, as we are so busy in the kitchen.

However, you know me; you know I always look out for you guys. I want to make cooking fun and something you want to do, not because you feel you have to do.

Sheet Pan Savory Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Hasselback Potatoes and Stuffed Mushrooms

I’ve teamed up with Hatfield to show you not only how easy sheet pan dinners are but also how incredibly delicious their meats are!  Moreover, with this specific recipe I also show you how you can take a simple family-night dinner to one that is perfect for the holidays!  Honestly, I cannot wait to have folks over to celebrate just so I can make this! It is truly everything I need on a single sheet pan!
This Sheet Pan dinner will be your Go-To Holiday Party food!

Italian Tomato Tortellini with Spinach & Artichokes in a Grana Padano Cream Sauce

Cheese filled tortellini nestled in a luscious Grana Padano cream sauce with spinach, artichoke hearts and the highest-quality, freshest, best-tasting tomatoes by Redpack Tomatoes.

This post is being sponsored by Redpack Tomatoes featuring their Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING products are mine.

Folks I literally have been having a field day working on this recipe and with Redpack Tomatoes. Trusting a brand, the quality of their product and the taste is extremely important not only to me personally but also to the food I prepare for my family. When it comes to Redpack Tomatoes I never have to worry as they truly create the best product out there. Epicurious, who we all know and love, voted their Whole peeled tomatoes as the “Best Canned Tomatoes”. Marrying into an Italian family being able to make a marinara and Sunday gravy like Nonna is a requirement to be accepted in the family. I, honestly, owe a lot of my amazing tomato based recipes to their tomato products.

Italian Tomato Tortellini with Spinach & Artichokes in a Grana Padano Cream Sauce

This recipe I’ve been making for decades as it’s one of our favorites. For me, it’s comfort food but fancy enough to wow your dinner guests. This recipe is one that I tend to serve family-style (i.e., a double batch) and straight out of the pan that sets in the middle of our dinner table. This is a dish that, when my nieces and nephews used to stay the weekend with me, I’d let them help me out in the kitchen. Nothing made me happier than seeing their little faces light up while we would make this.

For the Freshest, best-tasting tomatoes go with Redpack and Red Gold!

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