I often hear Chefs say that their cooking style is influenced from memories of where they grew up and experiences from travel. I can say the same for myself. While most of the time I describe my cooking style as “Mediterranean, Italian, and French”, the influence of growing up in the Florida Keys and then North Carolina for the remainder of my childhood definitely plays a roll in some of my best recipes. Recipes that taste like home.
For example, my BlackBerry Lemon Thyme Pie, reminds me of the summer my family spent in Tennessee. The pan seared Snapper with peach salsa recipe reminds me of my parents cooking our fresh catches from weekend boat days in Florida. And of course, this Carolina Style BBQ pulled pork is everything that NC BBQ is about! Now, living in Texas and experiencing the difference in the style of BBQ, I find myself craving that vinegar based sauce that makes the BBQ so delicious and unique.
This recipe is SO simple and made in the slow cooker, which can’t make it any easier or convenient. If you show up to a BBQ this summer with fresh pineapple cole slaw and slow cooked pork, you will surely be praised! And with all the extra time you saved by making a slow cooker recipe, you’ll have plenty of time to sit back and sip on some ice cold sweet tea!