This recipe took about 30 minutes from start to finish. Usually when I'm using Thrive Life freeze dried meats, I just toss in and cook at the same time.
You could make this recipe as a toss everything in and cook but this time I refreshed the pulled pork first with a 6 oz. can of pineapple juice. If you don't have extra pineapple juice on hand, you can refresh it with hot water or just toss everything in and cook that way. That's the beauty of freeze dried meat because you can make it any way that you prefer. I've done both but since I had some extra cans of pineapple juice on hand, went this route.
I let the pulled pork sit in the pineapple juice for about 15 minutes and stirred it every 4-5 minutes. I also wanted to break up the larger pieces. I love Thrive's pulled pork because it's super tender...like restaurant tender but with no work on your part.
Thrive Life pulled pork is already cooked so it's just a matter of refreshing or rehydrating.
During the time the pulled pork was refreshing, I made the instant rice. I ended up making 2 cups and there was more than enough rice.
While that was going on, I added 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan and 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Sauteed for a few minutes and then added in the rest of the Thrive Life dry foods.
If you aren't refreshing the pulled pork first, I'd suggest starting with 2 1/2 cups of water added to this to make sure everything can refresh properly.
If you do refresh the pulled pork first, go with 2 cups of water initially. You can always add more.
While that's cooking, make the sauce. As soon as the sauce is done, add it to the rest of the mixture and then cook until sauce is thickened.
Sweet and Sour Pulled Pork Recipe
- 1 c. Thrive Pulled Pork, refreshed
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 2 to 2 1/2 c. Water
- 1/2 c. Thrive Carrots
- 1/2 c. Thrive Red Bell Peppers
- 1/2 c. Thrive Onion Slices
- 1/2 c. Thrive Pineapple (also available in snackie size)
- 1 tablespoon Thrive Green Chili Peppers
- 1/2 c. Ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
- 1 c. Pineapple Juice
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Corn Starch
- 1/4 c. Cold Water
Refresh pulled pork with 6 oz. pineapple juice or hot water and set aside. Stir every 4-5 minutes and break up large pulled pork pieces.
In large pan add olive oil and minced garlic. Saute for a few minutes. Add 2 cups water and all Thrive dry ingredients and pulled pork. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. If you haven't refreshed the pulled pork prior to adding, I suggest 2 1/2 cups water. You can always add more water, if needed.
In separate bowl combine ketchup, rice vinegar, pineapple juice, and soy sauce. Add to simmering mixture and bring back to a boil.
In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup water and corn starch. Add to boiling mixture stirring to thicken. This took about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
At this time, if you already didn't make the brown rice while everything else was cooking, prepare it now.
Why use Thrive Life foods?
Thrive food is different than any other kind you’ll find on the market.
- These foods won’t spoil in a few days…or even a few weeks. They’re good.
- You won’t be thawing, degreasing, or cutting raw meat.
- You won’t be chopping veggies or washing and peeling fruit.
- There’s an extra burst of flavor you won’t find anywhere else! Just take a bite!
- Just toss in any meal or refresh (rehydrate) in warm water.
- Free of GMOs, preservatives, artificial nonsense and chemical junk
- The Nutrilock Promise! It's our little secret that makes our food higher in nutrients and freeze-dried fresh all year long. It's a rigorous 41 step process that one we own, and that it takes that wild, naturally ripened food and gently locks in the nutrients and flavor without the use of preservatives. Can the grocery store do that?
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