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National Pulled Pork Day!

Today we celebrate one of my favorite easy pork dish, the pulled pork.  This day is celebrated annually on October 12th.

Pulled pork is a staple of National Pork Month, celebrated in October annually by barbecue fans across the United States. Revered specifically in the South, the pulled pork sandwich is a barbecue classic, perfected by Sonny’s BBQ with their Southern-style pulled pork technique. To honor this tradition, Sonny’s BBQ has declared Oct. 12 as National Pulled Pork Day.

Pulled pork is an American barbecue dish most common dish of the Southern U.S.  It is pork shoulder cooked and shredded with a fork or a shredding tool.  Some cook it by slow-smoking over wood outdoors or cooked indoors using a slow cooker.  After the meat is cooked it is shredded and mixed with your favorite barbeque sauce before serving.

So, today, celebrated this day, by cooking pulled pork for dinner and served it on a bun and your favorite sides like fries or coleslaw.  Share on social media a photo or your special recipe using #PulledPorkDay.

1997 John Denver dies in an aircraft accident

To those who bought records like “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by the millions in the 1970s, John Denver was much more than just a great songwriter and performer. With his oversized glasses, bowl haircut and down vest, he was an unlikely fashion icon, and with his vocal environmentalism, he was the living embodiment of an outdoorsy lifestyle that many 20-something baby boomers would adopt as their own during the “Me” decade. There never was and there probably never will be a star quite like John Denver, who died on October 12, 1997, when his experimental amateur aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay on the California coast.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., in 1943, not in the mountains of Colorado but in RoswellNew Mexico, John Denver rose to fame as a recording artist in 1971, when “Take Me Home, Country Roads” rose all the way to #2 on the Billboard pop chart. In fact, Denver already had a share in a #1 hit as the writer of “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” a chart-topper for Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1969. But it was his 1971 breakout as a performer of his own material that made him a household name. Over the course of the 1970s, John Denver earned five more top-10 singles, including the #1 hits “Sunshine On My Shoulders” (1974), “Annie’s Song” (1974), “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” (1975) and “I’m Sorry” (1975). Even more impressive, he released an astonishing 11 albums that were certified Platinum by the RIAA, making him one of the most successful recording artists of the 70s, and launching him into a successful career in film and television as well.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-denver-dies-in-an-aircraft-accident)