Pork and (green) beans

Today was a day of cooking what sights and tastes caught my attention. I saw that SweetiePie made pulled pork this week and my mouth started watering. I couldn’t force the thought of those spicy green beans from PF Chang’s last night out of my head. So… I made both.




  • a 2-3lb pork loin (mine was a 2.8lb center cut pork loin–nice and lean)
  • 1 bottle of Yeungling
  • 1/2 a red onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 small jalapenos (1 whole, 1 sliced in half and seeded… if you want more heat, throw both in whole)
  • 1 tsp each of: salt, freshly ground black pepper, cumin, paprika, ground mustard, dried cilantro, cayenne or chili powder, garlic powder (NOT garlic salt!), sugar.


  1. Blend the spices together and rub them all over the pork.
  2. Pour the beer into the CrockPot with the onions and jalapenos. Lay the pork on top and cook on low for 3-5 hours, until your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
  3. Remove the pork from the CrockPot and lay it on a cutting board to cool. Shred with a fork or your hands.
  4. Stores & reheats well!

Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry


  • 1 lb or so of green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 2 tsp hot chili oil
  • 1 slice of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp chili garlic paste (available in the Asian foods section of your local supermarket)
  • 2 tsp Schezuan sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • a splash of broth (whatever type you have on hand)


  1. Steam the green beans until they’re crisp-tender.
  2. Saute the onion and bacon in the chili oil until the onions soften.
  3. Stir in the Worcestershire, Schezuan sauce and chili garlic paste.
  4. Add a splash of chicken broth to thin out the sauce a bit.
  5. Toss in the green beans and coat with the sauce. Serve immediately or cook a little longer if you like your green beans limp 🙂

Please note: this is not PF Chang’s recipe. I just guessed based on the flavors I tasted. The best part is that I plugged this is on Calorie Count and it worked out to three servings at 56 calories each. MUCH less than PF Changs!

4 responses to “Pork and (green) beans

  1. YUM! This look so good. Thanks for the recipe

  2. Pingback: July 18, 2009 « Tina's Food Journal

  3. forthrightfattie

    Wow, that pork looks amazing. I’ll have to try it. Any recipe that includes Yuengling is a good one.

  4. That picture only tastes a fifth as good with my eyes as it did with my actual buds of taste! Tina’s pulled pork was SO GOOD, and fell off the bone even before we could gently prod it off, like an obedient puppy that sits before the words come out of your mouth.

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