Bargain Meal of the Week

Well, did I pique your curiosity last week when I mentioned our new feature? Come on, admit it!! This is our new feature for Tuesdays and English Recipe Corner has been moved to Thursdays.
We do a lot of things on this blog but one I wanna start is matching the sale papers that week to a menu. I do believe that by watching the sales you can save money, a lot. I do! I had this idea to start doing this and then my buddy, Erin, over at $5 Dinners who has a cooking blog came up with the same concept (GREAT minds think alike right?!). Her blog is awesome so I defer to her expertise in cooking.
But, alas, I needed a partner in crime to help out and that’s why this week’s recipe comes from my friend, Stacie at Kat’s Kitchen. Pop on over there and leave her a comment to say “hi” if you get a chance. We’ve just emailed a little and the other night while at a good friend’s house I worked out that she was their sister in law. Such a small world. A stinkin small world!! Anyhoo, without further ado I hand over to Stacie who’s gonna help us cook a meal for 4 for less than $5!!

Strack & VanTil’s Bargain Meal – Week of March 5, 2009

Not only is this meal I’m about to bring you less than $5 for a family of four, it is also a simple crock pot meal that will bring great leftovers for you to either freeze or eat for lunch/dinner during the rest of the week! It all starts out with a Pork Butt Roast, which is on sale at Strack and VanTil this week for $.99 per pound!

Shredded Pork Sandwiches

  • 4-7 lb Pork Butt Roast, trimmed of excess fat Obviously the pork will cost you $5-$6** itself unless you find a 1-2 pounder. A portion size of pork is 4-6 oz./person. 16-24 oz for a family of four. $1-$1.50
  • 1 onion, quartered $.30
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar (optional)
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1-2 Tbsp Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp Oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 4 Turano French Rolls or Hamburger Buns $2.60. Note from Clair – this could even be just $1 if you got cheap ones.
TOTAL: $4.90

Rinse and dry the pork roast.

In a blender or food processor mix the oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, black pepper to taste, oil, vinegar and brown sugar (if using). Throw in the onion quarters and blend the mixture until combined.

Place pork roast in the crock pot and pour the blended mixture over the top rubbing it all over, making sure you don’t miss any areas of the roast.

Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 6 hours, until the pork falls apart easily.

When cooked through, shred the pork using two forks and keep warm in the crock pot until ready to serve.

** There are many options for the leftover meat. A couple suggestions are pork tacos by serving it with salsa and other taco accompaniments or BBQ pork by smothering it with your favorite BBQ sauce.

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