Spring is finally here! This season brings beautiful weather, flowers and fun outdoor activities and we can’t wait to hear about all the fun things our patients are doing. With the lovely weather we thought it would be fun to provide you with some braces friendly recipes for every BBQ! We hope you enjoy a lovely spring filled with family, friends and wonderful memories.

Grilled Pineapple

What you need:

  • 1 Fresh Pineapple
  • 1 Dash hot pepper sauce
  • ¼ Teaspoon Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • Salt To Taste


Place pineapple in a large resealable plastic bag. Add honey, butter, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Seal bag, and shake to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Grill pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

What you need:

Dry Rub:

  • 3 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dry Mustard
  • 3 Tablespoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Pork Roast

Cider-Vinegar Barbeque Sauce:

  • 1 ½ Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • ½ Ketchup
  • ⅓ Cup Ketchup
  • ⅓ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cayenne
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • Pan Drippings From Pork
  • 12 Hamburger Buncs
  • Pickle Spears
  • Cole Slaw


Mix the paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard, and salt together in a small bowl. Rub the spice blend all over the pork. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Put the pork in a roasting pan and roast it for about 6 hours. An instant-read thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the pork should register 170 degrees F, but basically, what you want to do is to roast it until it’s falling apart.

While the pork is roasting, make the barbecue sauce. Combine the vinegar, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, salt, cayenne, and black pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer gently, stirring, for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Take it off the heat and let it sit until you’re ready for it.

When the pork is done, take it out of the oven and put it on a large platter. Allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes. While it’s resting, deglaze the pan over medium heat with 3/4 cup water, scraping with a wooden spoon to pick up all of the browned bits. Reduce by about half. Pour that into the saucepan with the sauce and cook 5 minutes.

While the pork is still warm, you want to “pull” the meat: Grab 2 forks. Using 1 to steady the meat, use the other to “pull” shreds of meat off the roast. Put the shredded pork in a bowl and pour half of the sauce over. Stir it all up well so that the pork is coated with the sauce.

To serve, spoon the pulled pork mixture onto the bottom half of each hamburger bun, and top with some slaw. Serve with pickle spears and the remaining sauce on the side.

Contact Our Albuquerque, NM Office For More Info!

If you are in the area and in need of an orthodontist for yourself or for you child please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. We hope that you enjoy your spring and look forward to seeing you in the office!