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Fun “finger” food for the big game

These meatballs can be served warm or left at room temperature safely for 2 hours. The recipe was a suggestion from one of our retailers, Jeanne at Siesel’s Old Fashioned meats in San Diego. The thumb is a finger and as we always say, *if you don’t lick your fingers, someone else will!

Thumbprint Meatballs

    The Meatball:
  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, pork, turkey or veal)
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice (or dry bread crumbs or crumbed crackers)
  • 1 XL egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Sauce Goddess spice rub (Latin Heat, Sweet Heat or Moroccan Twist)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Brush oil on a cookie sheet or use non-stick.
  3. Combine the meatball mixture in a bowl using your hands to completely mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Roll into a 1-1 ½” balls.
  5. Press the center of each gently with your thumb creating a pocket for the filler.
  6. Fill the pocket with a small amount of pepper relish (or other filling).
  7. At this point you can close the meatball and not see the filling or leave it open so it looks like a thumbprint cookie.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until meat is cooked. Please on a paper towel to absorb any excess grease.
  9. Plate and enjoy.

Prep Time: 20 minutes - Cook Time: 10 minutes ; Yield: about 12-15
Serving Size: one

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Perfect pulled pork year round

This oven method for cooking pulled pork is super easy to do any time of year. There is a still a nice “bark” on the outside as if it’s been in a smoker, but no smoky taste. It’s perfect for football watch parties or other big gatherings where people are serving themselves.

Oven Roasted Pulled Pork


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rub pork shoulder with 3 Tbsp of spice rub. Reserve one Tbsp for seasoning after the roast is "pulled".
  3. Place in roasting pan then into the oven.
  4. Flip the roast after 20 minutes and cook the other side for an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to 250 and continue cooking for 6 hours.
  6. Check every hour and add 1/2 cup water or beer to the pan. This helps with cleanup and also provide a nice moist bath for the pork.
  7. Place thermometer in after 5 hours and make sure it's at least 165 degrees. Ovens can vary and yours may cook hotter or cooler than ours. Total cook time is between 7-9 hours.
  8. Once it's 170, pour 1/4 jar Sweet & Tangy Sauce over the meat and return to oven.
  9. Repeat saucing in one hour.
  10. Keep in oven until roast reaches 190 or can be pierced with a fork really easily.
  11. Once it is fully cooked, remove from the oven. The roasting pan should be fairly dry, use this for pulling the pork after it's rested.
  12. It should be saucy and glossy like in our picture.
  13. Cover tightly with foil and let rest 30 minutes.
  14. After 30 minutes, if the roast is bone-in, remove the bone at this time. It should pull out easily.
  15. Place the pork back into the roasting plan and easily pull the pork into shreds and chunks.
  16. Sprinkle remaining Sweet Heat spice rub over all. Drizzle remaining 1/2 jar of Sweet & Tangy sauce.
  17. Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 9 hours ; Yield: 7 lbs

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