Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.
When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!
BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings
For the Surf Lovers…
- Grilled Fish Sandwiches with homemade tartar sauce? Yes, please!
- Asian Salmon on the Grill, because grilled salmon is always a good idea!
- Carribean Citrus Grilled Fish with a side of Caribbean slaw makes for a healthy and classic grilled dinner!
And the Turf Lovers…
- When it comes to grilling it’s not even considered rude to lick your chops or gnaw the bone with these Lick Your Chops, Gnaw the Bone BBQ Ribs!
- Grilled New York Strip Steaks are both tender and full of flavor, and a great option for pan-frying when a random summer storm interrupts your grilling plans.
- Three ingredients, a few minutes of hands-on time and you’ve got Grilled Round Steaks to satisfy any appetite.
- There’s no need to be intimidated by charcoal grilling with this Steak on a charcoal grill recipe!
- When you have the best meatloaf recipe ever, why not make an adjustment or two and create the 50s Prime Time Burgers?! Yum!
- Now you can grill up the World’s Best Burger in your very own backyard.
And we can’t forget Chicken …
- Kabobs are always such a fun way to grill and these Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs have a wonderful little fruit twist to bring out the sweet and sour. Try them. You’ll love them!
- Hawaiian Grilled Chicken! Because if you’re going to grill, why not make it taste like you’re on the big island?!
- Grilled Chicken with Summer veggies are even tastier when you grill the chicken and the veggies and have less dishes to clean up!
- This Easy Soy Marinade Grilled Chicken is quick, simple and has a classic grilled flavor.
- A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
- For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
- These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!
- If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!
And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …
- Move over chicken, there’s a new meat in town … Honey Mustard Pork Chops
- Ginger-Peach Pork Tenderloin! Grilled ginger and peaches and pork, Oh My!
- If you’ve never been to a panini party, then might I suggest you throw your own with a few ideas for Grilled Sandwiches. It’s a fun way for everyone to get the exact sandwich they want!
- The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.
No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?
- For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
- My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
- Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
- Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these
- I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs , but I sure am glad I did. And the family agreed!
- Slow Cooker Beer Brats that you can start in the morning and they’re ready and waiting the moment you walk in the door
- Don’t forget to check out these other recipes for Traditional Summer Barbecue that you can make in the slow cooker.
And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness
Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!
- And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
- Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.
Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!
I hope the last few weeks have made you more familiar with your Instant Pot and the handy tool it can be in relieving dinnertime stress. You’ll find a page with links to the tips and recipes for several types of meat and proteins in the past several weeks and today it’s all about how to cook pork for the freezer in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
If you’re wanting to get even more out of your Instapot, check out my 10 best Instant Pot Accessories pot too. Then head back here for all the tips on cooking pork for the freezer in your Instant Pot.
How to Cook Pork Roast in a Pressure Cooker
Here’s a quick video on cooking a pork loin roast in the Instant Pot, along with lots of ideas for how to use your cooked pork when you pull it out of the freezer
The Instant Pot or other pressure cooker makes a great way to cook pork for the freezer. I will say, it’s not going to be much faster than doing it in the oven, but it is more convenient.
I love that I can set up the Instant Pot right after bringing the meat home from the grocery and start it cooking. I let it switch to keep warm and then come back on my own time table to shred the meat and put it in the freezer.
For a pork roast or pork loin, add 2-4 cups of water to the instant pot along with the roast. Season the roast in any way you like. Simple salt and pepper is the most versatile, but you might also like dried herbs, paprika, crushed red pepper or other seasonings.
Set the pot for a cook time of 55-60 minutes. If the roast is frozen, add 5-10 minutes of cook time. It will take longer for the pot to reach pressure when cooking from frozen so you’ll also need to factor that in.
A Few Classics
- This Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast only takes a few minutes to prep and the results are fantastic!
- When cumin is involved, dinner is pretty much guaranteed to be tasty. This Cumin Pork Roast also calls for black beans so you get even more bang for your buck.
- My Pulled Pork recipe starts with cooked pork, some tasty spices and the crock pot for a fuss-free dinner that’s sure to please a crowd.
- Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a great way to use cooked pork for a quick and healthy dinner
Mexican Inspired Pork Dishes
- Easy Pork Carnitas only call for a handful of ingredients and the meat can be served in so many ways.
- This Mexican Pulled Pork is great on a baked potato for another quick and hearty dinner
- These Shredded Pork Tostadas would be tasty just like they are or served with a bowl full of fresh lettuce for a salad dinner too.
- Pulled Pork and Mexican Cole Slaw Tacos are always a classic when you’re in the mood for a Mexican meal
A Collection or Pork Sandwiches
- My Peach BBQ Pork Sliders are a twist on the usual slider with a flavorful combination of barbecue pork, peach salsa and apple cole slaw.
- These Pork and Gravy Sandwiches are a win for everyone. They’re quick and versatile and there’s gravy!
- Think of these Tamale Sandwiches as a sort of Mexican-inspired BBQ, on cornbread, and don’t forget the fork because you’ll want one.
- Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches are a quick and tasty way to enjoy a BBQ pork sandwich
Some Tasty Pork Recipes from around the World
- Slow Cooker BBQ Tacos will make you wonder why you’ve never tried a Korean BBQ taco.
- Mediterranean Pork with Couscous is a comfort food dish that can be prepared in the Instant Pot but will taste more like it’s been cooking all day long.
- Brazilian Feijoada is one of those recipes that takes a little more time, but it is so very worth it!
- If it’s an Asian twist that you prefer on dinner, try this Thai Style Pork that pairs well served on a bed of Basmati rice
The more familiar you become with your Instant Pot, the more recipes you’ll find to tweak slightly and use some of the pork that you’ve cooked and frozen to cut down on dinnertime prep.
Let your imagination be your guide for these ideas, but I promise if you have the pork ready in the freezer, you’re just minutes away from having dinner on the table!
I don’t know why, but I feel like I get stuck in a rut a lot with pork. It’s not that there aren’t dozens of ways to cook it, it’s just that I draw a blank on what to make with it. Sometimes I see recipes that look so good, but so seem a bit complicated and time-consuming. But, thanks to the slow cooker, it’s really not that hard.
I love the way that pork works with sweet, tangy flavors. As a sweeter meat, you can put sweeter sauces and fruits with it that you can’t with other kinds of protein. This makes it a great choice for sweet bbq style sandwiches, and sweet and sour Asian dishes. But Pork can hold its own with spicy flavors too. Pulled pork is one of my favorite things. You can make it sweet or you can make it spicy. It’s good in a hot sandwich. It’s good in a taco. It’s amazing on top of sweet potatoes. But there are so many other pork dinners that we enjoy. From spicy tacos, to Mediterranean flair, to that delicious asian flavors. Making pork in the slow cooker is easy because you can cook it long and slow and get the meat tender and flavorful without drying it out. And with so many ways to make it, you are sure to find a meal that your family loves!
22 Ways to Cook Pork in the Slow Cooker
- Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
- Pork Gravy Sandwiches
- Teriyaki Pork Chops
- Tany Sweet Pork Chops
- BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
- Pork Carnitas
- Apple BBQ Pork Chops
- Honey Dijon Pork Chops & Apples
- Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
- Pork Chops and Baked Beans
- Italian Herb Salt Pork Roast and Potatoes
- Cumin Pork Roast and Beans
- Mediterranean Pork with Couscous
- Brazillian Feijoada Pork and Black Beans
- Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Thai Style Pork
- Mexi Style Pulled Pork
- Shredded Pork Tostadas
- Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Pulled Pork & Mexican Coleslaw Tacos
- Asian Pork Tenderloin
- Jerk Pork
Am I the only one who thinks of Peter Brady when I say the title of the recipe today?
This recipe doesn’t have apple sauce, but it does have that great combo of pork and apples. It all gets made on a sheet pan, so it’s super simple.
Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
Any type of apple will work for this. A tart apple might be best, if you have that option, but any apples you have on hand are fine.
I love using these thin, boneless pork chops. They cook so fast! Serve roasted green beans, brussels sprouts or other green vegetable with this meal.
Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner
- 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1.5 - 2 lbs. boneless pork chops thin cut
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4-6 apples peeled and sliced
- 1 Tbs. honey
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- Brush sheet pan with olive oil.
- Place pork chops on pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Stir apples together with honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pour apples onto sheet pan with pork chops.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and apples are tender.