I have finally bought a slow cooker. So far, I've made chili, pot roast, and pulled pork BBQ.
The "Q" was totally easy and awesome. I didn't have a recipe, just a procedure, but it's simple.
I don't know why it took me so long to warm up to slow cooking. I understood the concept--a Crockpot would cook the food FOR me, and I'd be free to do other things, like bake red velvet cupcakes.
I didn't really trust another cook in my kitchen, especially if that cook was a machine, so I was slow to embrace the idea.
Teeny's Pulled Pork "Q"
1 Boston butt
chopped red and green bell peppers
chopped Vidalia onion
oil and unsalted butter
bottled barbecue sauce (or homemade)
Rinse pork roast and place on paper towel. Season roast with paprika, salt, pepper, and your favorite "Q" condiments. Add roast to slow cooker/Crockpot. Pour barbecue sauce (I use Williams, a Georgia brand), about 1/4 cup, over roast. In a skillet, add oil, butter, onions, and pepper. Sautee. Pour over roast.
Cook on high for several hours. Many, many hours. You'll want to start cooking early in the morning or you won't eat until midnight.
Now and then, turn over the roast to make sure it cooks evenly. You might need to "dip out" some of the liquid--but be sure to strain it and return the peppers and onions to the pot.
You'll know when your "Q" is ready because the meat starts to resemble the "Q" in these photos. This is the moment to add more barbecue sauce.
Serve on buns. Top "Q" with cole slaw (if you like that sort of thing--Coop and I do).
Serve with traditional side dishes, such as corn and baked beans. Pickles are a nice compliment.
What's your favorite slow-cooker recipe? Let me know, and I'll cook it!
Photos courtesy of Shutterstock (c) David P. Smith.