I desperately need to teach Carl how to Cook!

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Recently I was sent a list of the chain of events put into motion when a man volunteers to do the BBQ.

(1) The woman buys the food.

(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the veg, and makes dessert.

(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.

(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place.

Here comes the important part:

(6) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.

(7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat.

Important again:

(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

(10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes

And most important of all:

(12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ' her night off ', and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women..


Well ain't that the truth!! I laughed when I read that -Carl has never volunteered to BBQ and we rarely dine out. Not much chance of a night off for this girl!

Is it really worth all that work to BBQ? It has taken me 16 years to get Carl to make rice in the rice cooker!

With some luck he will learn the art of the slow cooker & instant pot and make me some fantastic pulled pork one day!


The bonus being it will be less work for me! All I have to do is get the steaks out of the freezer!


I have been working on an easy pulled pork recipe to start him off.


I wanted a really quick cook pulled pork so I used our pork shoulder steaks instead of a roast. They are quick to defrost and to cook. Only 15 mins in the instant pot!


I am relatively new to the instant pot and so far I am liking it.  Anything that doesn't require my full attention that churns out fantastic food is a win win! Even better if I can teach my hubby to have a go!

Cobblestone Berkshire Pulled Pork

2 x Cobblestone Farm Berkshire pork shoulder steaks

1/2 cup your favourite barbeque sauce ours right now is smoked tequila lime bbq sauce

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup pork or chicken bone  broth

2 tbsp honey - we always use raw honey

1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tablespoon chili flakes

1 small onion, chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed


4 hamburger buns, split

2 tablespoons butter, or as needed

Cook 15 min in instant pot



Saute shoulder steaks in the instant pot while you get the rest of your ingredients together.


In a bowl mix the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, and Pork or chicken broth.


Stir in the honey, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili flakes, onion and garlic.


Add ingredients to steaks. Cook on Meat for 15 mins.

Remove the steaks from the instant pot, and shred the meat using two forks.


Return the shredded pork to the instant pot, and stir the meat into the juices.


Spread the inside of both halves of hamburger buns with butter.


Toast the buns, butter side down, in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown.


Spoon delicious pulled pork into the toasted buns.



You can of course use a 4lb pork roast and cook in a slow cooker for 5-6 hours, just  double up the rest of the ingredients

Comment below with your favourite pulled pork recipe if you have one to share, If not I know what you are all thinking....Poor Carl, yes you can comment with that too!!