July 2, 2011

HB Cooks: Slow Cookin' in the Summer!

When I bought my first slow cooker in May I really thought it would be more of a winter appliance based on all of the hearty warm comfort food recipes I was finding in popular cookbooks.  I soon realized the true summer potential however when the weather really started to warm up and I no longer wanted to turn my stove on every night. The slow cooker provides a great alternative because you can barely tell it's on (aside from the great food aromas coming from the kitchen of course)!  So far I have made three dishes in my cooker: meatloaf which fell apart and was a little greasy for my taste, lamb stew which was good but slightly under-seasoned from the long cooking time, and my latest pulled pork sandwiches which were delicious!  I used a recipe from The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II, Regional Comfort-Food Classics.

The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Volume II, Regional Comfort-Food Classics
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
2 lbs pork roast
4-6 Rolls

2 cups ketchup
3 T. apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 small yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. chili powder
2 T. Worcestershire sauce

The prep for this recipe was super quick and easy!  I just mixed the sauce ingredients in a bowl and poured the sauce over the roast in the cooker.  That's it!  Then after cooking the pork for 8 1/2 hours on low heat, I removed the pork and placed it on a baking sheet with tin foil.  The roast separated instantly as I pulled it apart with a fork and my hands.  Meanwhile I skimmed some fat off of the sauce before returning the shredded pork to the cooker and serving on the buns.  

The recipe made 4 large sandwiches and 2 smaller ones.  One minor snag that I encountered was that the kaiser buns which I used fell apart during the first round of sandwiches because of the shear amount of sauce.  To avoid this problem during my second meal, I toasted the buns which helped a bit. Another simple alternative is to place the shredded pork from the baking sheet on the bun first and then spoon the sauce on top. I served the pulled pork with a simple pasta salad, but any of your favorite BBQ sides would compliment this tasty dish! 

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