Saturday, April 19, 2014

Here's a Great Springtime or Anytime Eatin' Recipe from Peter Mollett, Owner of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet

It’s springtime and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with fruit flavors. Try our recipe for Sweet Onion and Peached Pulled Pork Sandwiches and you’ll see why it’s a customer favorite!
 Sweet Onion and Peach Pulled Pork Sandwiches
·         4 to 5 pound pork shoulder, bone-in
·         1 (16-ounce) jar Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Texas Sweet Onion and Peach Salsa
·         1 can Coca Cola Zero (regular Coke or Dr. Pepper may also be used)
·         Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Spiced Dry Rub, to taste
·         Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Garlic Salt and Pepper seasoning, to taste
·         Smokin’ Texas Gourmet BBQ Sauce, to taste
·         Hamburger or slider buns
·         Pickle, for garnish

1.      Season the pork shoulder liberally on all sides with the dry rub and garlic, salt and pepper.
2.      Add the pork shoulder to a crock pot or slow cooker. Add the jar of salsa and can of Coca Cola.
3.      Cook the pork on high in a slow cooker for 6 hours. Baste the pork with the liquid every 2 hours if you like.
4.      Remove the pork shoulder from the cooker.
5.      Pour the liquid from the cooker into a bowl or large measuring cup. Let it stand for 2 to 4 minutes, allowing the fat to come to the top. Skim the fat with a spoon or basting siphon and then add liquid back to the cooker.
6.      Pull the pork into shreds. Add the pulled pork back to the cooker and mix. Cook for 1 to 2 more hours.
7.      Serve the pork on a slider bun and garnish with pickle.

*Recipe Note: For barbecue pulled pork, add 1/4 cup of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet BBQ sauce into the liquid before putting the pulled pork back into the cooker. For a Spanish or Mexican flavor, substitute 1 jar of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Tomatillo Salsa for the Sweet Onion Peach Salsa.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hi, I’m Peter Mollett, owner of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet.

Hi, I’m Peter Mollett, owner of Smokin’ Texas Gourmet. This was our second year at Zestfest and the festival is one of our favorites.

 I began cooking when I was young. My mother loved to cook and it was a great way to bond with her. I’ve also always loved science and in college, I majored in chemistry. It was fun for me to learn formulas and mix things. I put my education to good use by fermenting a keg of sherry in the chemistry lab. And yes, I almost got thrown out of school when I got busted.

 My career path took me to developing products for Amoco. At the same time, I was blessed with two daughters who were, truthfully, a little messier than I expected. One of my daughters used to pour a bottle of bubble bath into the jacuzzi, which made it constantly overflow. Fortunately, I kept a bottle of bubble diffuser that I had made at home. I always had a lot of creations at home to clean up messes. My inner mad scientist loved the challenge of creating new things that were helpful for the family.

My love of science and cooking finally came together a few years ago. I had a barbecue and friends were asking to take home leftovers. They especially loved the barbecue sauce I had made. My daughter was helping me clean up in the kitchen and she said, ‘you should just sell it.’

And then a lightbulb went off. It was the perfect way to bring together my two loves-science and cooking.
I founded Smokin’ Texas Gourmet out of my kitchen. I started out slow, making barbecue sauces at home on my own. Our company has now grown to include over dozens of products, including barbecue sauces, seasonings, salsas and condiments.

Smokin’ Texas Gourmet products can be used by anyone. We want you to create delicious, healthy meals for your family. But we also know something that others don’t…you can have a good piece of meat but if it isn’t well-seasoned, it’ll taste horrible. Likewise, you can have great seasoning, but if it’s not cooked properly, it’ll taste horrible. Whenever you cook, always remember that it’s all about chemistry. We can teach you how to make healthier food for you and your family. Please visit our website at www.smokintexasgourmet.come to learn more about our products and recipes.