Wow! How's everyone doing? What an absence and I can't believe my last post on this Blog was in December 2011! And now it is almost the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012. Guess I have to play some catch up and a new kitchen with some new tools and gadgets do get me going.
I have always loved using the Slow Cooker. Used to have one in Japan but its electrical connection was not compatible for use here. But now I have a new one and with enough countertop space to place anything, I am using it as part of my weekend and sometimes, weekdays life saver!
For the first dish, I made this Pulled Pork. I believe this BBQ flavored version is American originally. It is very easy to make and kids love them in tortilla wraps or with mini buns. For a wholesome dish, cooking it with pinto beans will be great too! I threw in some chunks of carrot together with 3 rashes of Bacon, red onion, garlic and dried oregano to give the meat a greater flavor. I recommend using at least a 4 lb piece of pork butt meat to ensure enough for second helpings. Once the meat is cooked down, it is infact not that much. There are so many different types of BBQ sauce that you can find in your grocery store but the Original one will definitely yield the best result if you are thinking of adding extra flavor into the cooking. Just like me, I love the smell of bacon!
3lb Pork Butt
3 Rashes of Bacon
3 Carrots, cut into chunks
1 Large Red Onion
5 cloves of Garlic
2 tsp Dried Oregano
Pepper and Salt
1 and 1/3 cup of Original Flavor BBQ Sauce
825ml Beef Broth
1. Heat some oil in a cooking pan, saute the onion (sliced), garlic cloves (minced) and Bacon for 5 mins.
2. Turn the slow cooker up to High.
3. Divide half of the sauteed onion, garlic and bacon into half and take one half and spread out on the bottom of the slow cooker pot.
4.Put the Pork butt meat (whole) on top. Take the other half of the sauteed ingredients and spread on top of the meat.
5. Slowly pour in the Beef Broth from the side into the pot to cover about half of the meat.
6. Pinch in the Pepper, Salt and Dried Oregano, close the Lid and let it simmer and cook on Low for 10 hours.
7. The meat will be tender but do not cut it. Remove it whole from the pot, drain all the liquid out of the pot and also the carrot, bacon and onion. This is the rich broth that can be used in other cooking.
8. Return the cooked meat back into the slow cooker, pour in the BBQ sauce and cover and cook for a further 2 to 3 hours.
9. The cooked meat will further fall apart, remove from the pot and using 2 forks, fork the meat apart.
8. Serve it on bread or wrap. Serve the carrot as side dish.