The Whole 30 Take 2, Day 3: Not Too Busy to BBQ

It's Day 3 of my second round of Whole 30, and today was a great day. I didn't plan as well as I should have, which resulted in a typical late lunch. But my solid breakfast and a lot of caffeine kept me going.

I had one of those super productive days...that saying

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That was me today. I had a lot to get through work-wise, plus some errands to take care of while I was out of the house! Hooray for escaping the house today, btw. Working from home has its benefits, but I miss being among functioning adults. The sun was out so it was a windows-down day. I love love the spring.

Since I was cranking away, I figured I should make a decent dinner too. I had boneless pork "ribs" in the freezer. I typically make these in my dutch oven - I use the rub (below), then sear it in the pot, then add about 1/2 cup of water and one sliced apple (or unfiltered apple juice) then put it in a 300 degree oven for about an hour or more.

But it's grilling season, so I wanted to try this outside. The process needs work, but I stand by my rub. My grill was a little too hot to start, so it never really cooled down enough to cook the pork slower. I'll work on it. It was still a satisfying Whole30 meal.

Um, Yum? Easy, paleo and Whole30 friendly rub for pork
Whole30 BBQ Rub
1 1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Each of the following:
Smoked Paprika
Chili Powder
Chipotle Chili Powder
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Ground Mustard
Pepper (I used Penzys California Seasoned Pepper)
(If you're not following any particular sugar-restricted diet plan, you can add 1 1/2 tsp of brown sugar too)

You'll get enough rub to cover 2 lbs of pork. I went a little mild on this, but in the past I've added 1/4 Tsp of cayenne or ancho pepper to boost the heat in the past. You can also sub out standard paprika for smoked.

Rub on raw pork and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.

Raw pork covered in rub. Food porn foreplay

Grill. My process was to sear it super high for 3 minutes each side, then turn the grill to low and let it cook for 40 min to an hour. It worked for a pork loin over the weekend, but this cut of meat was just too thin. We let it sit on the grill while we put the princess to bed...it was too long. The grill just didn't cool down enough. Live and learn. I'd start off much lower and cook for longer in the future. 

Whole 30 Dinner Idea: Grilled Pork

 It still came out pretty tasty, just a little crunchier on the outside. I did two "racks", and the above picture is the good one. The other one was charred to near hockey puck status.
Until we meet (meat?) again, porky.

My food recaps are even more boring to write than they are to read. But I was a good girl and only had like 2 veggie chips (they're almost gone). Otherwise I was good. I didn't get my apple because work had to pick up again after dinner, but I'll make time for it tomorrow.

1 comment:

misa_rae said...

I just stumbled across your blog today and was elated to discover that we started Whole30 at the same time! This is my first one so I'm excited to follow along the journey with you. :)

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