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Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Sweet Onion and Peach Salsa

We picked up a jar of Sweet Onion and Peach Salsa at the State Fair of Texas two weekends ago, before we knew anything about the Smokin’ Texas Gourmet label.  Chef Peter Mollett is the creative force behind Smokin’ Texas Gourmet,  and we are very much in tune with his mission to “make homemade happen”.  Finding specialty foods that spice up home cooking is our goal, and we have a winner with Smokin’ Texas Gourmet.  Chef Mollett’s recipes are free of MSG and high fructose corn syrup, they are prepared with reduced sugar and salt, and have no additives or preservatives.  The entire Smokin’ Texas Gourmet line is gluten-free, as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly.  Whether you cook for someone with dietary concerns or just want try some new spices and sauces, Smokin’ Texas Gourmet has options for you!

I adapted one of Chef Mollett’s recipes to make some delicious pulled pork sandwiches.  The end result was probably not quite as healthy as he would have prepared in his kitchen, but we thought it was tasty!  The peach flavor complimented the pork without overpowering it.

Peachy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pork shoulder roast – about 4 pounds

1-16 oz jar Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Sweet Onion and Peach Salsa

1-12 oz can Coca-Cola

Salt & pepper to taste

Dry BBQ seasoning to taste (Note:  Try Smokin’ Texas Gourmet’s BBQ Rub)

Season roast with salt, pepper and dry BBQ seasoning and place in crockpot.  Combine Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Sweet Onion and Peach Salsa and Coca-Cola, and pour over roast.  Cook on high for about 6 hours, basting the roast with sauce about every two hours.  Remove roast from crockpot, and shred meat with forks, discarding fat.  Skim fat from sauce and set aside.

Peach BBQ Sauce

Sauté in 1 tablespoon of olive oil:

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced onion

Pour garlic and onion mixture into blender and combine with:

1 1/2 cups fresh, frozen or canned peach slices

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup pickled jalapeno pepper slices

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Pepper to taste

Blend until smooth, pour into saucepan, and simmer for 20 minutes.  (Slightly adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com)

Place shredded pork , reserved sauce, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup peach sauce in crockpot and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on high.

Spoon pulled on toasted buns and garnish with dill pickle slices.  Serve with additional Peach BBQ Sauce.

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Fredericksburg Farms Peach Salsa

After we fell in love with Fredericksburg Farms Peach Pecan Amaretto Preserves, it was a no-brainer to try their other peach products.  Peach salsa was our next pick because we never pass up a chance to try a new salsa.   Before using it in a recipe, it had to pass our “salsa on a plain tortilla chip” test and this peach salsa passed with flying colors.  Peaches and brown sugar provide a sweet complement to the usual salsa mix of tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and spices.  In a word, yummy!  I could hardly wait to cook with it, so I quickly started looking for a recipe.

We’ve been trying to cut back on carbs (except for dessert, naturally) at our house, so I turned to my Six Ingredients or Less Low-Carb Cooking cookbook.  Bingo – a jerk-seasoned mahi mahi which suggested a fruit salsa accompaniment!  I halved the recipe below.

Jamaican Jerk Mahi Mahi

4 mahi mahi filets or steaks

2 tablespoons jerk seasoning (or to taste – this is a very spicy seasoning)

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 tablespoons Fredericksburg Peach Salsa

Brush the fish with olive oil and rub with jerk seasoning.  The fish may be grilled or sautéed in a nonstick pan.  Cook on one side 3 or 4 minutes, then turn over and cook until opaque in the center, about another 3 or 4 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook.  Remove fish from the heat, place on a plate, and garnish with salsa.

We introduced you to Fredericksburg Farms several weeks ago.  Located in the Texas Hill country, the company started as a plant farm, but has expanded into a gourmet food producer with dozens of sauces, condiments, and rubs.  Check out their website for tasty seasoning and garnish options for your kitchen!

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