Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet until crispy. Drain on paper towels and crumble finely. Pour fat from skillet into measuring cup. If you do not have 1/4 cup of fat, add vegetable oil until you have a 1/4 cup. Set the skillet aside.
Pour the fat into a stockpot over medium heat. Add the popcorn kernels and give a shake to coat in oil. Cover the pot and allow popcorn to pop, shaking frequently until the popcorn has almost stopped popping, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cover.
In the bacon skillet, melt the butter and maple syrup over medium-low heat. Stir in the crumbled bacon.
Pour syrup and bacon mixture over the popcorn. Toss well to coat all of the popcorn. Add a little salt and serve immediately.
In a sealable plastic bag, mix garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest and juice, half (1/4 c.) of the olive oil, and salt and pepper. Add both tenderloins. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Let marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove tenderloins from bag and season both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat a large oven-safe pan on medium-high heat. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Sear each side of the loins until each side is browned.
Remove tenderloins from pan and add apple wedges. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples have browned.
Add the tenderloins on top of the apples and place the pan in the oven. Roast for 12-15 or until the internal temperature of the tenderloins is 140-150 degrees F.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
In a bowl, combine the garlic, salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, chile powder, black pepper, sage, thyme, dry mustard, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Generously coat the ribs with the rub then wrap each slab in a double layer of plastic wrap and let them sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. If you have a flat metal cooling rack, arrange it in the baking sheet and place the ribs, bone side down, on the rack. If you don't have a rack, place the ribs, bone side down, directly on the foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the ribs until the meat is tender and starting to pull away from the bones, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. While ribs bake in oven, prepare the sauce (instructions below).
Depending on the size of your grill, place 1 or 2 slabs, bone side down, over the heat and brush the fat-covered side generously with barbecue sauce. Grill the ribs, covered, for 2 minutes. Flip the slab over, brush the bone side with sauce, and grill, covered, until the sauce on the fat-covered side is caramelized and lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the slab over and continue grilling, covered, until the sauce on the bone side is caramelized and lightly charred, 1 minute. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board and let them rest for 10 minutes. If necessary, repeat the grilling and glazing process with the second slab of ribs. Cut between the ribs and serve immediately with plenty of barbecue sauce on the side.
In a heavy, medium saucepan over moderately low heat, cook the bacon until the fat renders and the bacon starts to brown, about 10 minutes—do not let the bacon get crispy.
Add the onions and continue cooking, covered and stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic, sage, and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.
Add the smoked paprika, chile powder, cumin, black pepper, and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the coffee, brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar and stir well to combine. Raise the heat to moderate and bring the sauce to a boil, scraping the saucepan with a wooden spoon to remove any browned bits from the bottom.
Add the ketchup, hot sauce, and bay leaves, then lower the heat to moderately low and simmer the sauce until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but isn't as thick as ketchup, about 30 minutes.
Taste the sauce and add more vinegar or hot sauce to taste and season with salt and pepper. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
Prepare the rub. Mix all of the rub ingredients together. Break up the clumps. Taste the rub to make sure you like the taste, adjust accordingly.
Unwrap the pork roast and place it on butcher paper or in a pan that can catch the rub. With clean hands work the rub mixture into and all over the pork shoulder. Be generous with the amount of rub to maximize the flavor of the pork. Wrap it in plastic or butcher paper, place it in a pan and refrigerate overnight.
Place the wood chips into a bowl and cover them with water to soak overnight.
Take pork out of refrigerator and let sit for 1 to 2 hours to bring it to room temperature.
Next, prepare your grill to smoke the pork. Remove one of the grill grates on one side of the grill--this is where the wood chips will go. The pork shoulder will sit on the other half of the grill to cook by indirect heat.
Place an aluminum tray of water on the grill to help moderate the heat and prevent drying of the pork. The best place for it is on the upper rack if you have one.
Next create a double layered aluminum foil boat with a handful of wood chips in it. Place it directly on the burner on the side of the grill without a grate.
Turn the grill on to medium flame, cover the grill and let it heat up until the wood chips start to smoke.
Once the grill is smoking, place the pork on the grill grates away from the direct heat. If the roast has a fatty side, place it facing up. Then cover the grill, lower the flame, and let the cooking begin. The temperature you want to maintain is around 225F.
To maintain the smoke for around 4 hours you will need to check the grill. The temp should stay between 210F-240F. Check to make sure the wood chips are smoking every half hour. Once an hour you will likely need to add more wood chips to the pile. Cooking time for your roast should be 90 minutes per pound. Regular sized 4 pound roast should take at least 6 hours.
After about 2 hours of cooking, reposition the roast so the side facing the heat is positioned away from it.
After 5 hours, check the internal temperature. You can safely eat it at any internal temp above 145°F, but for a great pulled pork it needs to be around 195°F.
When the meat reaches 195°F, remove it from the heat, tent it loosely with foil over a cutting board (to catch the juices) and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. If after 6 hours of cooking the meat hasn't reached 195°F internal temp, try finishing in the oven.
To finish in the oven, wrap the roast in aluminum foil to help prevent it from drying out and place it in a roasting pan set it in the oven at 300°F. Cook until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 195°F. When it reaches temperature, remove the roast from the oven and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
Pull the pork apart with 2 forks. Only now do you add any barbecue sauce (and any accumulated juices) to the meat. Taste it first: It might not need sauce at all, and if it does, add only a little at a time.
Cook pasta according to package directions but stopping short a minute less than package's cooking time. (Pasta will finish cooking in later step.) Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
While pasta cooks, add bacon to a large skillet and cook until crispy. Turn off the heat, remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and then add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss it in the bacon fat.
Add eggs, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese to a large bowl and whisk well. Then add mixture slowly to the hot pasta while tossing it to prevent scrambling.
Add peas and 1/4 cup of pasta water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing again to create a silky consistency to the pasta. Top with the bacon before serving.
In a large cast-iron pot, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season the pork with salt and pepper.
Season the pork with salt and pepper.
Add one-third of the pork to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until well browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the pork to a baking sheet. Repeat in 2 more batches with the remaining butter, oil and pork.
Add the bacon to the pot and cook until desired doneness; then add to the pork.
Add the pork and bacon back to the pot along with the cider, stock and bay leaves; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently until the pork is tender, 2½ hours. Discard the bay leaves.
In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water. Add the cornstarch mixture and the cream to the stew and simmer until the liquid is thickened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the mustard and sage and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy.
Slice each jalapeño open lengthwise, then make a small crosswise cut at the stem end to form a T. Gently open the jalapeños and scrape out the seeds and membranes with a knife.
Add the milk and water to a large bowl and soak the jalapeños for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Meanwhile, mix the cheddar, cream cheese, pulled pork and chili powder in a bowl with your hands.
Drain the jalapeños and pat them dry. Stuff 1 to 2 tablespoons cheese filling into each pepper.
Put the flour in a shallow dish. Whisk the eggs and 1/2 teaspoon salt in another dish. Put the breadcrumbs in a third dish. One at a time, hold the peppers by the stems and dredge in flour, then dip in the beaten eggs, letting the excess drip off, and roll in the breadcrumbs; dip in the eggs again and reroll in breadcrumbs. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate until the coating sets, about 20 minutes.
Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 300 degrees F.
Fry the jalapenos in batches, turning until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per batch.
Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve with barbecue sauce.
*This recipe assumes you already have pulled pork prepared. For our Indiana Kitchen Pulled Pork recipe, see https://indianakitchen.com/recipe/slow-cooker-pulled-pork/.
Place eggs in a large saucepan and fill with cool water. Slowly bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, remove the heat and cover the saucepan for 10 minutes.
Drain water and peel eggs shells from the hard-boiled eggs. Cut each hard-boiled egg in half, carefully scoop out yolks and place in a medium bowl. Set the egg whites on a serving plate, cut side up.
To the bowl with egg yolks, add mayonnaise, 3/4 of the chopped bacon (leaving the remainder for garnish), diced avocado, cilantro, lime juice, cayenne pepper, a pinch of kosher salt, and a few turns of black pepper.
Using a fork, mash and stir the yolks until all ingredients are well-combined. It won't be smooth, but you don't want any big chunks of yolk remaining. Season to taste with additional salt, lime juice, and cayenne pepper.
Transfer yolk mixture to a small zip top bag. Seal the bag, then cut off one of the corners to create a small hole for dispensing yolk mixture. Pipe the yolk mixture into the wells of each egg white.
Sprinkle with reserved chopped bacon and light dusting of cayenne pepper.