Lola made pork tacos, and Tough Puppy was forced to wear work boots.

Remember this guy?  Hey Tough Puppy!  Notice that in the picture below, he is NOT wearing shoes. 

He doesn’t typically enjoy footwear.

So….  I’m sitting comfortably in my recliner, icing my knee, watching The Bachelorette and uploading pictures on my computer, and I hear…..

“Tough, put on my boots.”

Really?  Really Oatmeal? 

“Come on Tough Puppy, put your other foot in there.  You can do it.”

I kid you not, this is going on in my house at this very moment.

“Almost, Tough Puppy, almost…”

“You can do it buddy.  Put your feet in my boots.  Put your feet in there.”

(Side note:  I know that you are all focused on the dog, but have you ever seen such flat feet on a human in your life?)

“What’s wrong Tough Puppy?  You don’t want to put your feet in my boots?”

Really?  Did you just ask our dog that question?

This may be animal torture in the more metro counties of Texas.


Yep, this is how my husband gets his kicks.  You might be a redneck if….


Want to know how to make Primal Pulled Pork??  Here you go…


Disclaimer:  This involves cooking with brown sugar as a marinade, which I still do from time to time.  Our focus in living the primal/paleo lifestyle is to completely avoid gluten, chemicals and processed foods in our diet.  We avoid 90% of dairy and sugar.  Every now and then, I will use sugar in salad dressings and marinades.  If you prefer to be more strict, don’t use the brown sugar.  If you prefer a more natural ingredient, agave would be delicious, or you could omit the sweet stuff altogether and it would still be really yummy and even more healthy for you.


  • One Pork Boston Butt (with bone)
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown Sugar (Optional)
  • Bay Leaves

And, make sure you have a meat thermometer with a timer on it, or the ability to stay home during the day to peak in in your butt to see how it’s coming along.  I got mine at Walmart for $3.  Best deal ever.

The night before you want to eat it:

1. Make your dry rub by putting 1 tablespoon of the first 7 dry ingredients in a small container.  Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  Shake it up and set it aside.

2. Rinse off your “butt” and put it in a big ziploc.  (I found 2.5 gallon ziplocs at walmart.) Fill the bag up with water until the water barely covers the top of the butt.  Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp salt, 3 tbsp of your dry rub and 2-3 bay leaves. 

3. Zip it up, shake it up, and put it in the fridge overnight.  Keep your rub in an air tight container until tomorrow!

The next morning:

1. Empty the ziploc and place the butt in a roasting pan.  Grab the rub you made last night.

    2. Use your hands to spread your remaining rub into the butt, making sure to get all sides of the meat.  The picture below is proof that I don’t mind getting down and dirty.

    3. Stick a meat thermometer into the thickest part of your butt. Put it in the oven on 225 degrees.  Set the meat thermometer for 185 degrees. 

    4.  Your butt will take at least 2 hours per pound of meat to get to 185 degrees.  My butt was about 4lbs and it actually took an entire 12 hours to get to 185 degrees!  So, put it in the oven first thing in the morning or you won’t be eating dinner til midnight!

    5. Finally, your butt is done.  If you want to serve right away, you can!  Simply use 2 forks to pull your meat apart.  Season with any extra dry rub that you have leftover from earlier steps.  Or, if you decided to cook your butt overnight rather than all day, you can just turn your oven off, cover it with foil, and let it sit for a few hours.  It will simply continue to get more and more tender and delicious!

    I shredded our pork and made tacos.  I used green cabbage as the “taco shell” and topped the pulled pork with mango salsa.  It was delicious and Oatmeal inhaled it!  Plus, it made enough for leftovers tomorrow.

    Wondering what I put in the mango salsa?  Here you go.  Dice each ingredient and mix!  Squeeze a bit of lime in to finish it off.


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