Sloppy Jims

Sloppy Jims

I was in the mood to experiment tonight. I love BBQ pulled pork sandwiches piled high with pickles and onions served with a side of baked beans. So I thought…why not combine the baked beans with the meat? I named the dish Sloppy Jims (after my father-in-law) because they start with a batch of Jimbo’s Baked Beans.

The concept was good, but the first result needed some tweaking (according to my husband food judge).

I put half a batch of beans into a Crock-Pot. Then, I rubbed seasoning on a pork butt and seared all sides in a hot pan. I placed the pork into the Crock-Pot (fat side up) and warmed it on high for 4 1/2 hours. I sliced off the layer of fat, then shredded the pork in the Crock-Pot and let it warm on low for another 30 minutes. I served it on hamburger buns with pickles and onions.

When my husband took his first bite, he had a puzzled look on his face. I hadn’t served him the normal zest that he’s accustomed to. After dissecting each bite for about 10 minutes, we figured out what happened.

Unfortunately, this is such a fatty piece of meat that the oil diluted the seasonings. I couldn’t drain the fat like I usually do when making pulled pork because it had soaked into all of the tasty baked beans sauce.

I went back and tasted the other half of baked beans that I didn’t put in the Crock-Pot, and they were great…still full of flavor…completely different than this pork sandwich.

So the original recipe has been revised to ensure it’s full of Zestuous flavors.

Sloppy Jims

Sloppy Jims

Ingredients

  • 3-lb. pork butt
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Onion salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 4 cups (1/2 batch) Jimbo’s Baked Beans
  • Hamburger buns
  • White onion, sliced
  • Pickles

Season all sides of the pork with salt, pepper, onion salt and garlic powder. Heat a large skillet to medium high.

Place the seasoned pork in the hot skillet and sear on all sides.

Place the pork into a Crock-Pot with water, soy sauce and liquid smoke. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, until tender.

Remove the pork from the Crock-Pot and place on a carving board. Cut off all visible fat. Then, shred the meat.

Clean the Crock-Pot and place the meat back inside. Pour in the baked beans. Heat on warm for about 30 minutes.

Serve on toasted hamburger buns with onions and pickles.

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