Wednesday, April 11

Solar Pulled Pork and Hidden Vegetables

I love vegetables and it's hard to believe that there are some people who don't.  So, in some kitchens, deception is the only answer to getting vegetables into the family diet for all their good vitamins and nutrients. Enter [ta-da da-dah dah daaaah!] - dehydrated vegetables! Yes, my pulled pork sauce has been created from a powdered blend of dehydrated garden produce harvested from last year's garden. If you didn't dehydrate your vegetables, you can still prepare this absolutely delicious sauce with canned items and your blender. It just won't have a garden-fresh taste because dehydrated is as close to fresh as you can get, short of pulling the vegetables off the plant! 

With my cabinet door spice pallette making everything so visible, I just let the old imagination go, and this incredible sauce was the result. In fact, it was so good that I totally forgot to add the kernel corn side dish to the plate until after all the photos had been taken and we were halfway through dinner! Thank the Lord I was given a neck to hold my head when my thinking is on hiatus or I'd still be looking for it!

Pulled Pork and Hidden Vegetables
2 Large Tomatoes or 8oz tomato sauce (16 slices dehydrated tomatoes)
1 medium onion  (1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes)
1 hot pepper or 1/8 tsp chipotle (1 dehydrated large hot pepper)
1 zucchini  (14 slices dehydrated zucchini)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 tsp marjoram leaves
1 tsp stevia/sugar
1 tsp basil leaves
1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
7 crushed juniper berries
1 tsp orange Tang
1/2 tsp ground anise
1 T corn starch
1-3/4 cups chicken broth
1 lb pork ribs, country style
1 T olive oil
2 T butter

Preheat solar oven to 225F   Use a covered roasting pan

1. Place all ingredients in blender and puree. End result should be at least two cups of sauce. Add more broth, if necessary. (If using dehydrated vegetables, powder with all dry ingredients, first, before adding broth.) This is the color of the dehydrated blend; canned sauce will be redder.

2. In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, Sear pork ribs in 1 tablespoon olive oil; place in roasting pan.

3.  Add pureed sauce to skillet, bring to bubbling. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, stir to blend while sauce thickens and bubbles start to burst.

4. Pour over ribs in roasting pan, raising ribs to let sauce cover bottom, too.

5. Cover and bake in solar oven for approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Check after first hour and turn ribs over in sauce (optional). The longer the cooking time, the more tender the ribs. This is a great solar slow-cooking recipe.

6. When ribs are cooked, remove from oven and pull meat apart with forks; thoroughly stir shredded meat into sauce.

Serve with your favorite sides. I used rice to sop up all that delicious sauce and a cold slaw on thin (barely an 1/8 of an inch) apple slices to offset the heat from the peppers. 

Oh, yeah --  some kernel corn, too!


  1. Well look at sneaky you! It's a great idea to make the sauce from vegetables. I definitely need to look into do that. I just talked to Hubby about how he and Dudette were going to get scurvy from lack of fresh produce. Now they won't!

    1. Oh,yeah, I'm not above being sneaky with vegetables. If you don't powder the dehydrated ones, I'm sure they'll puree just as well. I just like to keep the different types available on my shelves. (Much less weight!)

  2. That's a great recipe, especially if you have very fussy kids who are't great with vegetables. Thankfully chick isn't too bad on that front!

    1. Well, she most definitely is growing up and becoming quite the young woman. She, I'm sure, knows how great vegetables are for the body and skin. Hope y'all are doing great!

  3. Yum yummm, I love this. I like the photos too. I have to come back again and again and rely on you to give me my dinner ideas! Thank you for visiting my blog, by the way. X

    1. And, thank you, so much for stopping by, here. Would love to have you visit and discover new recipes. Very much like your blog, too!

  4. Very clever of you! This looks amazing~ Nice to meet you~

    1. And, nice to meet you, too, Ella! I'm a little behind on my replies because I've been in a writing challenge and there are just so many hours. Please forgive me. I do hope you'll return. This is such an easy dish to fix, it becomes a summer regular!

  5. deception is the only answer to getting vegetables into the family diet ...... ha ha ..... reminds me what my mother used to do.

    1. I know; I know! The choices are limiteless -- spaghetti sauces, gravies, soups, etc... we must maintain the strategem! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you'll come back.

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