Weekly Dinner Deal 2/1 – 2/7/10

This is a fun and tasty Dinner Deal, a no-brainer, and flexible.  Crocked Pork Shoulder BBQ with Oven Fries and Salad was on our menu for a night when we weren’t sure if we’d have three or four at the table.  (We had three, but I’ve calculated for the full four.)  “Sale, sale, sale,” is all I can say.

The shoulder was a bargain end-of-sale sale at Baker’s, 5.6 pounds for 5.54 (.99/#).  That’s three meals for us!  I popped the shoulder in the large Crock Pot with S&P, and let it slow cook all day.  After about 5 hours, I added about 1 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke to 1/2 cup water and poured it in.  Before serving, I removed the one area of fat, used forks to chunk into serving sizes, and let it sit about 10 minutes.  We served this with store-brand (WM) bbq sauce.  Total for one meal, about $2.40.

The fries were on sale last week, and I would have used half a bag for four of us, fo .50.

The salad was about 1/3 of a head of romaine, rinsed and cut, with smidges of dressing for two of us.  About .50 for the lettuce, about .10 for the dressing.

We all would have had milk, .40.

Total for the meal if it had been four of us:  $4.10

After dinner, I let the meat cool, then packaged dry in freezer zip bags, refrigerated, and popped in the freezer today.  This will make another bbq dinner (shredded this time and served on buns), and probably a stir-fry dinner.  Easy-peasy, and for the luck of finding this deal the day after the previous sale was over; sell by date was a week out, and it went in the freezer right away.

I often turn to things I’ve obtained on sale and frozen.  Of course, the fries were made to be that way.  Oven baking keeps fat relatively low.  And while the salad wouldn’t be frozen (duh), it’s also something I always have on-hand.  At $1.49 per head of romaine, it’s also a bargain for nutrition.

What’s your dinner deal this week?

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