7 Recipes for a Graduation Celebration

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One way to cut costs when throwing a graduation party is to make some — or all — of the food yourself. By using some store-bought ingredients, like refrigerated pizza dough or brownie mixes, you can cut back on your stress level, too. To get you started on planning your graduation party menu, here are seven recipes that you guests will love and are easy to make.

1. Barbecue Pulled Pork

Making pulled pork in the crockpot will not only save you time, but you also won’t have to search for a dish to serve this About.com recipe in, either. Instead, you can leave the meat in the slow cooker on a low or keep warm setting, and guests can serve themselves. Have sandwich buns, cornbread, wraps, or slaw nearby on the table, as well.

Ingredients:

  • 4-pound pork roast (boneless pork shoulder or Boston butt)
  • 2 onions, sliced, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 or 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounces bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • salt and pepper

Directions: Place one sliced onion at the bottom of crock pot. Stud pork roast with cloves and season with salt and pepper. Place roast in slow cooker on top of the sliced onion. Cover with the second sliced onion and add enough water to fill Crock Pot two-thirds of the way. Cover and cook on low 8-12 hours.

Remove roast. Remove and discard cloves, bone, and fat, as well as any water, onions, and grease remaining in pot. When pork roast is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your fingers to pull it apart until the entire roast is shredded. Return the pulled pork to the crockpot. Mix in the chopped onion and BBQ sauce and cover. Heat on high for 1-3 hours or until the onions are soft.

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