I grew up with a pretty big family. 6 aunts and uncles, 7 cousins, 2 sisters, parents, grandparents…all adding up to make our vacation rental search include “Sleeps 20+.” That’s right—we would all spend a fun- (and food!) filled week together at the beach. The family kept growing, but it was a tradition that we stuck with. Now that we kids have our own kids, we’re able to pitch in and help out with the meal-planning that comes along with prepping for these family vacations. What works for us? Each ‘sub-family’ chooses one night to handle dinner. And last summer, my sister-in-law turned me on to the easiest (and cheapest) vacation recipe I’ve ever come across.
Slow Cooker BBQ
8 lb. pork shoulder
2 bottles of BBQ sauce
Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker when you wake up in the morning. Set it on the “Low” setting and allow to cook for 8 hours. (Go to the beach, hang out by the pool, do whatever you want!) Then remove the pork from the slow cooker, trim fat and pull it apart—I like to chop mine a little more finely. Return the meat to the slow cooker and pour the sauce in and stir up the pork. Allow to cook for another hour and serve as is or on hamburger buns!
Like I said…that’s it! An 8-pound pork shoulder will feed about 14 people—throw together a couple side dishes and you’ve gotten your ‘cooking night’ out of the way! Now go enjoy the rest of your vacation. 😉