One of the best things about being a food Blogger is receiving surprise baskets of products for me to test and try. Sometimes a recipe card is found alongside the treasure, and to me, it must me created. Today Nanny Hudson’s Homestyle Ketchup arrives neatly packaged with two interesting savory recipes for Nanny’s Apple Maple Pork Ribs and Gourmet Mexican Fried Rice. In the early 1800s, the Hudson family’s earliest Scottish settlers developed a recipe for what they called “tomato butter”. Soon after Evelyn Hudson, “Nanny”, began “preserving tomatoes with vinegar, spices and brown sugar on the farm in the early 1900s”, turning this nostalgic recipe into a versatile, tangy Homestyle Ketchup.With pork being one of my favorite protein and the summers warmth fading away, I had to fire up the barbecue.
As I grow as a blogger/food enthusiast, I often find different ways to improvise. Making the sauce is simple, just combine and simmer. The next step calls for the use of a slow-cooker, and I do not have, nor do I want one (no offense to slow-cooker enthusiasts) So what do I do? I use this big pot that sometimes doubles as an old-school popcorn maker (oil, kernels, shake), turn the heat down to minimum which shaves an hour off the cooking time. I actually surprise myself when I lift the steamy glass lid to discover the almost-fall-off-the-bone consistency that I need for the next step – grilling.
WARNING: greasing the grill beforehand is a must – caramelizing hot sugar on a sticky surface is not your friend. 15 minutes of cook time: slather turn, slather turn, slather turn, slather turn. Then FINISHED! I’m very impressed. Not fall of the bone, just tender with a hint of colour. Thanks Nanny Hudson!