Flower and Sugar

Birthday Dinner

My Dad recently had a birthday, I won’t say how old he is because many of his co-workers know about my website and because – to be honest – I’m not totally sure how old he is myself. Anyways, he is one of the HARDEST people to shop for… When he wants something, he goes out and gets it. I usually get him a badger T-shirt a year, which I know he likes, but this year I decided to shake it up a bit and make him a birthday dessert. Well, that ended up becoming a nice birthday dinner for him. (The pictures of the desserts turned out better than the dinner, so there are more pictures of the dessert than the recipe!)

To plan this evening I started with planning the protein. I thought “how can I make this as easy as possibly” Answer: use the slow cooker! Matt and I decided on barbequed pulled pork sliders. This is a super easy recipe, see below for details – but it is now highly recommended by my family. I then decided to keep the menu somewhat southern with a baked macaroni and cheese. It is a crowd pleaser and easy to make for a large group. We rounded the meal out with corn on the cob and watermelon.

Considering how much I like to bake, and that this dinner started with my wanting to make a nice birthday treat, the dessert had to be special. After some serious thought I decided on Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie (Are you starting to see where I get some of my food ideas?) The last time I asked my Dad what kind of treat he wanted for his birthday he requested a pie, and it became more elaborate with each suggestion, so I thought this would fit the bill. First it has a graham cracker crust, then a layer of homemade caramel sauce and pecans, then sautéed apples in cinnamon, then a layer of cheesecake, then fresh whipped cream with a drizzle of more caramel sauce and topped with more pecans! That is a tasty mouthful!

Recipe for Slow Cooker Barbequed Pulled Pork Sliders

  • Pork Shoulder (We used 4 lbs for 8 people, but we wanted leftovers)
  • 1 bottle of root beer
  • Appx 24oz Barbeque sauce of your choice
  • Some chicken stock (or water) if needed
  • Slider buns (we used Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)

Place the pork shoulder in a slow cooker and pour the root beer over it. Turn on low for 6-8 hours until cooked through. Shred the pork with two forks and remove the fat. Discard the root beer, it has done its job. Place the shredded pork back into the slow cooker with the barbeque sauce. Use enough barbeque sauce to coat the pork well. I added some chicken stock too to make sure it wouldn’t dry out as I made it a little in advance before we ate. Serve on small buns to make them cute!

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