Solar Cooking: BBQ Pork Sandwiches

by Tammy Taylor

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The weatherman forecasts yet more triple digit temperatures all week for our part of Northeast Texas.  So I’ll be cooking outside whenever possible to keep that cooking heat outside and not in my kitchen.  I love my solar oven and I use it often, both in the summer and winter seasons.  (for those of you asking, I have a Sun Oven brand solar oven and I LOVE IT!)  I love BBQ pork sandwiches in the summertime.  Today seems like the perfect day to indulge!

I use my solar oven often especially when it's hot outside - it keeps cooking heat outside where it belongs! Today I'm cooking BBQ pork #TaylorMadeHomestead

As with all my cooking endeavors, I use a base recipe and just eyeball most of the ingredients.  Ssbstitutions are the norm for me.  LOL.  Today I pulled out two packets of ground pork from the wild hogs hunted and harvested by RancherMan earlier this year.  I think these packages from the processor weigh about 1 lb each, give or take.

I crumbled the meat into the black enameled covered pan that came with my *solar oven, then I poured in about 1/2 cup of strong coffee, added a few generous shakes of Worcestershire sauce and a splash of Claude’s Pork Marinade.  I seasoned the meat with a sprinkle of chili powder and threw in a couple of whole cloves of garlic and some dehydrated onions from our garden.

This wild hog meat is pretty lean and what little fat will get drained from it is pretty liquid even when chilled.  There’s no thick unhealthy fat with this lean pork!  So I’ll allow some of the juices to rehydrate the onions, adding a little extra flavor.

I use my solar oven often especially when it's hot outside - it keeps cooking heat outside where it belongs! Today I'm cooking BBQ pork #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I placed the covered pan in my solar oven around 2:30 in the afternoon and pointed the reflectors toward the sun.  I adjusted the oven about every hour or so to track the sun & keep the temps around 350 degrees.

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I let the meat cook until around 5.  Cook time in a solar oven depends upon how often you move the oven to track the sun, whether or not there is cloud cover partially obscuring the sun, etc.  Mine was done in about 2 – 2.5 hours.

I use my solar oven often especially when it's hot outside - it keeps cooking heat outside where it belongs! Today I'm cooking BBQ pork #TaylorMadeHomestead

I brought the pan inside, drained what little fat was present and took the garlic cloves & sent them through the garlic press and stirred them back into the cooked pork.  Now I add some BBQ sauce and bring out some soft hamburger buns.  A healthy dollop on the bun and a few freshly-sliced onion rings and some zesty jalapeno slices from the garden and we’re good to go.  I love solar cooking!

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23 thoughts on “Solar Cooking: BBQ Pork Sandwiches

  1. Charlotte Burkholder

    I’ve never used one , it would be neat to see! I bought my husband a Dutch oven last year, haven’t used it much yet but the time we did the food was delicious. Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again! Remember to leave your host a comment to increase the chance of being featured.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I love the solar oven Charlotte, especially during the heat of summer. I hate to turn on that hot oven that just pumps extra heat into my kitchen, I’d much rather use the solar oven & keep that heat outside where it belongs! ~TMH~

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  2. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

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  6. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    How fun! The kiddos would LOVE doing that! ‘Gotta try it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures Thank you for linking at Tuesdays with a Twist!

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  7. Vickie

    Solar cooking – what’s not to love? It keeps the kitchen cool and doesn’t cost money to use! Just make sure you bring it in every evening or the neighborhood dogs (or in my case bears) might sniff it out and want to investigate! Hahaha!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Good point Vickie. I’ve never had the occasion to leave the cooker outside overnight but I’d imagine if I did there would be wild critter issues for sure! ~TMR~

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  8. Mel

    That’s amazing, I’m in Australia and our weather is in triple digits for many months of the year I really need to look into one. I hate cooking inside and the house being so unbearable. We do a lot of bbqing but this looks like a great alternative

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Mel, I’ve had the solar cooker out every day for about 2 weeks either dehydrating or cooking something each day. I hope folks don’t get tired of me writing about my experiences with the solar oven – I LOVE it!! I’m still pretty new at it since this is my first year having one, but I’m hoping some of my instructions might help others learning to use their solar ovens as well. ~TMR~

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  9. Rachael

    That’s crazy! I’ve used solar ovens in girl scout camp, but not for something of this size and scale. I want one now…

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  10. Candy C.

    Solar oven cooking is pretty popular around here, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to heat up the house. I really should get one…

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  11. Lynn@Southern Direction

    I am so enthused by your solar oven. The BBQ recipe sound too good; coffee and pork…like my two favorite things.

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  12. Elise

    I love the idea of a solar oven but I didn’t know they would cook at such high temperatures. Now I’m gonna have to seriously look in to this! P.s. Your barbecue sandwiches look delicious!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Elise, I was really surprised since I got mine in November that it really doesn’t’ much matter how hot or cold it is outside, the solar oven will heat up beautifully. The first bread I made in it was made on a chilly winter’s day! ~TMR~

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