Move over General Tso’s Chicken. A new dish is in town. General Tso’s Pork! It’s guaranteed to make you a believer in the other white meat! But, first let me ask…
Who is or was General Tso? He or she is mighty popular! Yes, according to history, folklore or Wikipedia, there was a General Tso or Zuo Zongtang. Part of the late Qing dynasty that ruled from 1644 until 1912, General Tso was a respected statesman and military leader.
While there are different spellings like ‘gau’, ‘tsau’, ‘tsao’ and ‘tso’, it’s pronounced the same. The ‘T’ is silent, so you pronounce it ‘so’. Yes, like the word ‘So’ as in ‘So, how are you today’.
Digging into the history and mystery of food pulls up a lot of interesting trivia information!
General Tso Pork
Now General Tso chicken is quite well-known and popular. Yes, the General purportedly loved chicken. But what about General Tso pork? Why not. Pork is the other white meat, and it’s absolutely perfect for tender pork with General Tso seasoning. And, this recipe has only six ingredients (excluding salt and pepper), which makes it super easy.
Home Cooked Meals
Nothing’s better than home cooked meals. And, home cooking that’s easy is always enticing and you’re more likely to do. That’s part of my whole goal in creating recipes for you. To get you back in the kitchen and loving making home cooked meals that are healthy, don’t cost you an arm and a leg and that you’ll find huge success with! I had some real fun asking this question on social media and here are some of the reasons I got from folks about home cooked meals.
Reasons to Cook & Eat At Home
- appleadayblog: ‘I love cooking at home because I get to put my hair up, pour myself whatever I drink I want, put on whatever music I want, and make the recipes however I want. I get to dance around the kitchen and engage every single one of my senses…all while wearing my favorite sweatpants!’
- twodogsandakitchen: Because it is frowned upon to take dogs into restaurants!
- farmgal82: Preservative free..no ‘fillers’. Just food.
- looseheadset: It’s less expensive. You know what’s in the food. It’s healthier AND IT TASTES BETTER.
- mmagdalenairene: You can express yourself by cooking your favorite meals.
- whattoeatfriend: So we can suppport our local grocery store and farmers markets and cause nothing beats a nice glass of wine while cooking leisurely.
- sarashatticoftreasures: Most meals are better or as good as the ones eaten out. Certainly better than any fast food place. Plus, it’s cheaper.
- whiskanddine: No one is rushing you out the door!
- darlenes_kitchen: You know exactly what’s in your food and how it was prepared. Being in the kitchen creating meals is very therapeutic! The whole family can join in and it’s awesome. Yes, those leftovers are deliciously convenient!
- melissasproduce: the Best place to be somewhere surrounded by good food.
- wrldgrl223: I can sit in my PJs at the table and no one cares!
How to Cook Pork in the Oven
Now there’s not much to learn about how to cook pork in the oven other than cooking the pork in the oven. You could do this recipe in a slow cooker or multi-cooker, too, but I just like using my oven. I make sure my Dutch open or pot (with lid) that I’m cooking in is super tight and doesn’t let much steam escape. I’ll put a piece of doubled foil under the lid, tuck it around the sides of the pot, then put the lid on. This really ‘vacuums’ the ingredients in the pot and the cook well. The big thing is not to let the vessel get dry, so you might check to see if you need to add more liquid (water or a vegetable stock would do) to keep the cooking moist and not burning.
Country Style Ribs Recipe
There are so many reasons for cranking up your kitchen and cooking this country style ribs recipe at home. I’ve gotten so many fun comments on Instagram about why people like to cook and eat at home. And, this general tso’s tender pork is just a perfect example of how cooking at home does more than just fill the belly. It warms the soul. Certainly fuels creativity. Gives you the clear cut knowledge and understanding of what you’re really eating. Listen to some of others’ reasons!
If you’re still on the fence and not convinced to cook at home after these reasons, then maybe this recipe will help. Certainly, I know that some are intimidated about cooking at home. They may not have been as lucky as some to have grown up in a bustling kitchen of mom’s or grandma’s or both where cooking was the heartbeat of the family. In order to allay those anxieties and maybe fears, it’s important to have fail safe recipes. And, that’s what this recipe is. Totally fail safe!
In order to make this recipe really simple and for those busy folks, I used a packaged seasoning mixture. However, you can certainly make your seasoning from scratch. Pickled Plum shows you how to make General Tso Sauce three different ways: spicy, regular and sweet! Check it out!
Another great pork recipe! Mexican Fajita Street Pork Bowl!
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Put the oil in the casserole dish. Lay the pork ribs in. Whisk the water and seasoning mixture, salt, pepper and V8 Juice. Pour mixture on to pork. Add the pepperoncini and juice. Double foil and cover the baking dish securely. Add a lid on top. Bake in preheated 400 oven for two and one-half hours. Remove and carefully (steam steam!) take off lid and foil. Use tongs to pull some of the pork from the bones. Blend gravy mixture. Return to oven for another 20 minutes covered.
Put the oil in the casserole dish.
Lay the pork ribs in. Whisk the water and seasoning mixture, salt, pepper and V8 Juice.
Pour mixture on to pork. Add the pepperoncini and juice.
Double foil and cover the baking dish securely. Add a lid on top.
Bake in preheated 400 oven for two and one-half hours.
Remove and carefully (steam steam!) take off lid and foil. Use tongs to pull some of the pork from the bones. Blend gravy mixture.
Return to oven for another 20 minutes covered.