Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All-purpose Crock Pot Pork

Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.

When we first got married, neither of us had any clue how to use the crock pot. It sat ignored for an embarrassingly long time, before we finally learned to appreciate it after becoming parents! Now this pork is one of our most used recipes (we probably eat it about 6 nights a month because each time we make it, we make enough for two days!) It’s not a family recipe in the sense of being passed down through our families (check out my Grandma’s rolls for that!), but it’s a family recipe in the sense that it is important to our family now. I really love that my husband and I developed our recipe/technique together and have figured out how to customize is to suit our tastes exactly. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
What you need:
  • boneless pork ribs (we use 3 usually) or boneless pork loin roast (we usually get one about 2lbs)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (can sub lemon or lime juice for tacos or stir fry if desired)
  • a few tablespoons honey
  • a few teaspoons garlic
  • a few teaspoons onion powder or 1/2 fresh onion chopped
  • a few dashes black pepper
  • other seasonings to taste (see below)
  • carrots &/or potatoes
  What you do:
  • Pour juice into bottom of crock pot.
  • Add meat.
  • Drizzle honey on top.
  • Sprinkle seasonings on top.
  • Cook on low 5-8 hours.
  • Add halved potatoes and/or carrots halfway through if desired. (Place directly in the brothy liquid so they can soak up the delicious flavor).
  • Tacos-add oregano, chili powder, & cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Stir fry-add basil & ginger
  • BBQ-add chili powder & cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Bonus points if you shred it, with or without BBQ sauce, and put it inside my Grandma's rolls!

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(This list will be live and updated by afternoon April 9 with all the carnival links.)
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Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

All right, THIS I'm trying! We tried a different pulled pork recipe at Christmas that was a complete bust, but this sounds delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing!

Farmer's Daughter said...

This sounds great! We raise our own pigs so I have a freezer full and I'm always looking for new pork recipes. Thanks for sharing!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

I don't think we've ever had it not work, so hopefully it'll be just as good for you!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

That is so cool that you have your own pigs! I think this would work with any tough cut to make it falling-apart-deliciousness!

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

What a great, easy recipe with awesome variations! I could not live without my crock pot - this will be making an appearance soon :)

theadventuresoflactatinggirl.com said...

I'm excited to try this! I have a pretty similar recipe for chicken. Thanks for sharing!

Deb Chitwood said...

I'm vegetarian, but I do love using my crock pot ... nothing like having the evening meal prepared in the morning and then just waiting for it to simmer throughout the day. :)

Momma Jorje said...

A friend has a crock pot for me, we just need to connect! I had one and gave it away. I think I've had a few in my lifetime and never seemed to make them WORK for us. It sure could make things easier, though. My husband works first shift, so I have to have dinner ready by about 4:30 in the afternoon!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

I know, sometimes I wonder how I managed to feed my family without it! Lol. They are so useful!!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

Ooh I never thought of trying it with chicken but I net it's just as delicious! I'll definitely have to try that!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

I know! I feel so calm on afternoons I have the crockpot going, and I know my husband loves coming home to a meal that is actually ready right away!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

Yeah I love how flexible the finish time is. Although I've discovered my slow cooker (and from the reading I've done online, most new slow cookers) cook much faster than old ones did, so I often have to reduce the cooking time in recipes!

Tree Peters said...

thank you thank you thank you for posting a great crock pot recipe! I'm doing this for certain.
And I love that you chose a recipe that is a current family classic and future feel good memory recipe.
Also, I'm happy to have discovered your blog. I already see posts I want to come back for.

SRB said...

Another recipe that makes me deeply regret giving my crock pot away. Dammit. I'll be sharing this with my pork-loving bro!

Lisa Nelson said...

Awesome recipe! Liking the apple juice instead of root beer!

Definitely trying this! It sounds delicious!