Bill's Pulled Pork



14 to 18 lbs Boston Butt

1 Cup Paprika

2 Cups Light Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Onion Powder

1/4 Cup Chili powder

1/4 Cup garlic powder

3 Tablespoons Cayenne

2 Tablespoons Salt

2 tablespoons Black Pepper

3 Cups Quality Root Beer





Combine all dry ingredients

Rub dry ingredients in surface of meat until covered completely.

Save remaining meat rub for later.

Place on rack in large roasting pan with cover.

Pour Root Beer into bottom of pan without splashing on meat.

Place in oven at 220 degrees F for 12 hours.

Baste every 30 minutes during the last 4 hours. 

Also at this time sprinkle meat rub on meat.  Be generous.

At the end of the cooking time remove from oven.

Remove meat from roaster.  Discard renderings.

Place meat back in roaster and begin to pull apart with two forks.

While pulling sprinkle more of that meat rub  and mix well with the forks.

Use the remainder of the meat rub in this manner.

You can apply your favorite BBQ sauce at this point and mix well but you may

like it without the sauce.

A good sweet sauce is Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ and a more tangy vinegar based

would be the Dinosaur BBQ brand Slathering Sauce.

Serve straight up or on a large tasty bun.








Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

from Sarah Hughes hand-written recipes



1 Cup Molasses (Brer Rabbit Robust)

1 Cup melted shortening

3 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 Cup hot water

1 egg

1 Cup Sugar

5 to 6 cups flour

Confectioner's sugar


Line cookie sheets with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and molasses and beat well.  Stir in the hot water.  Add 4 cups of flour, soda, cinnamon, salt.  Stir until well combined.  Stir in 1 to 2 cups more flour; enough to make the dough roll out good.  I use a circular cookie cutter with a 4 inch diameter.  It belonged to Sarah Hughes, my grandmother.

I bake 8 cookies on one sheet.  I bake them for 8 minutes, open the oven and turn the cookie sheet around, then bake them for 3 more minutes or until I think they are done.  I let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then I remove them to the counter to finish cooling.  When the cookies are cool, you can sprinkle them with confectioner's sugar.



Dietetic Banana Date Cookies

(No added sugar-better for the diabetic)




2 Bananas, mashed

1/3 cup canola oil

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped dates (chose dates with no added sugar) 





Mix together bananas, dates, oil, and oats.

Add the nuts, salt and vanilla.  Mix well.

Let stand for a few minutes.

 Drop by heaping tablespoon full onto an un-greased cookie sheet. 

I line my cookie sheet with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes or until done.