Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkThis is a recipe I have been trying to master for a long time now and I think I’ve finally cracked it! It’s so cheap to make, so easy to make & unbelievably tasty! Have I sold it to you yet? Good! Let’s get started.

Here is what you will need to make enough for approx 6-8 generously sized sandwiches.

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Paprika *
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 85g Honey
  • 2 tbsp/30ml Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp BBQ Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 1kg Boneless Pork Shoulder Joint (Fat on)

*If you can, use a good quality, smoked paprika – it will make all the difference.

Equipiment

  • Slow Cooker (mine is 3.3 litre)

Let’s start with the marinade.

In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic & thyme.

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkThen add in the honey, red wine vinegar, BBQ sauce & olive oil. Give it all a good mix and set to one side.

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkPeel & slice the onion in half then place at the bottom of the slow cooker, face down.

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkSlice the pork joint in half and place on top of the onions. (Leave the fat on, it adds a great deal of flavour & is easily removable once cooked.) Then pour over the marinade. Try to cover as much meat as possible – it doesn’t matter if some of it falls to the bottom.

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkLastly, pop the lid on and cook on low for about 6 hours or until the meat just falls apart.

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkWhen it’s ready. Turn the slow cooker off and transfer the meat to a large bowl.

Remove the fat, then using 2 forks back to back – shred the meat.

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkDon’t forget about those onions! Take them out, finely dice them (be careful, they’ll be a bit slippy) and add them straight back into the meat.

Then pop the whole lot back into the slow cooker along with those gorgeous juices. Give it a good mix and you are good to go!

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkIf there is a little too much juice for your liking – simply put the slow cooker on high but leave the lid off. Cook until it’s the consistency you want (it shouldn’t take too long) and stir occasionally.

Then serve warmed in crusty cobs or mini ciabattas with a generous helping of coleslaw. (Use gluten free is you are coeliac.)

Slow Cooker Pulled PorkDidn’t I tell you it was easy? It’s the perfect addition to your summer BBQ. Spend 5 minutes preparing it in the morning then leave the slow cooker to do all the hard work for you. Genius! I guarantee your guests will fall in love with both you and the pork!

Considering how heavenly this is, it really is SO cheap! I had all the spices in my cupboards already and the meat cost me less than £3. Now that’s the kind of maths I like to do. Bargain!

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post lovelies, until next time.

Miss KitchenMason

Slow Cooker Tomato Chicken!

Slow Cooker Tomato Chicken!We’re in the frosty grips of winter, there’s tons of Christmas preparations to be done,  parties to attend, cards to be written, shopping to be bought and no time to do it all. So what do we need? Another no fuss, hearty and amazingly delicious slow cooker meal! And it has to be said… this is definitely my favourite so far.

Here is what you will need to feed 2 (easily doubled)

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, skinless & boneless
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Jar of Tomato Based Sauce (I used Ragu’s Tomato & Pecorino Cheese Sauce )
  • 6-7 Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100g-150g Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, optional to decorate

And before you say it… the jarred sauce? We all need to cheat some times!

Right on with the show.

First thing’s first, season your chicken breasts generously with salt & pepper. Tip half the jar of sauce into the slow cooker and spread along the bottom. Place the chicken breasts on top, add in the cherry tomatoes for good measure then cover with the remaining sauce.

Slow Cooker Tomato ChickenSlow Cooker Tomato ChickenPop the lid on and cook on low for about 3-4 hours.

See how easy that was?!

Slow Cooker Tomato ChickenWhen the chicken is cooked through, transfer to a baking dish and pop the grill on a medium/high heat.

Slow Cooker Tomato ChickenNow for the beautiful part. Cover it in grated cheddar cheese…

Slow Cooker Tomato ChickenPlace it under the grill and wait for the magic to happen.

Slow Cooker Tomato ChickenCOMMENCE DROOLING! When the cheese is bubbling and golden, sprinkle over some chopped parsley and serve with some crushed new potatoes doused in olive oil and butter.

Slow Cooker Tomato ChickenJust look how magnificent it is! That sensual, beautifully melted golden cheese cascading over the sweet, seductive tomato sauce on a juicy chicken breast… *Homer moment*

In all seriousness, this really is so simple to make, incredibly tasty and down right ruddy marvelous! If you find yourself short on time over the festive period, I would definitely dust off your slow cooker and give this one a go.

Hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time!

Miss KitchenMason

Slow Cooker Veal Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Veal StroganoffOn cold winter days when we’re all busy planning for the festive season, getting the shopping done, presents wrapped and household chores sorted, what do we really want? No fuss meals that are hearty, filling & easy to make! Well my lovelies, this recipe is the answer to all your prayers. It takes about 15 minutes prep then let the slow cooker do all the hard work for you. Perfect!

Here is what you will need to serve 2 (easily doubled/tripled)

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 350g Veal, chopped *
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 150g White Mushrooms
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 340ml Beef Stock (cube is fine)
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 4 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 85ml Sour Cream
  • Handful of Fresh Parsley, chopped

*You don’t have to use veal – beef or even venison would be lovely too.

Heat a large, heavy based frying pan over a high heat then add in the oil. Season the meat with salt & a little pepper, then fry until browned all over. It should take about 5-8 minutes.

Slow Cooker Veal StroganoffWhilst the meat is browning, slice the onion and mushrooms then finely chop the garlic.

Make the beef stock (if using a cube.) Tip the cornflour into a small glass then add about 50-75ml of cold water. Stir until dissolved then mix it into the beef stock.

Now you’re ready to go! Add all the ingredients into the slow cooker – except for the sour cream and the parsley. Season with salt & pepper, give it all a good mix then cook on low for about 6 hours.

Slow Cooker Veal StroganoffAfter the 6 hours, it should look a little something like this. Also, your kitchen will smell amazing!

Slow Cooker Veal StroganoffStir through the sour cream and most of the chopped parsley (reserve some for decoration later.)

Slow Cooker Veal StroganoffIf the sauce is a little thin for your liking, simply tip the lot into a frying pan over a high heat and cook until reduced to a consistency you prefer.

Serve on warmed plates over a bed of fresh pasta with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the remaining fresh parsley.

Slow Cooker Veal StroganoffSee, I told you it was easy! Even as an adult, I am still trying to ‘train’ myself to eat mushrooms and, to my surprise, this went down a real treat. It’s super creamy & rich and that veal literally melts in your mouth. The whole thing is just absolutely delicious!

I love slow cooker recipes. Anything that means you can quickly throw it in the pot, get on with other things and still eat fantastic tasting food at the end of the day, is a godsend in our hectic modern day lives.

I hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next week!

Miss KitchenMason

Honey Garlic Chicken

This Sunday I fancied a lazy dinner. Well, Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest isn’t it?! I decided to get the slow cooker out the cupboard and dust it off for this magnificently tasty chicken dish. (I adapted the recipe from the brilliant Taste & Tell blog.)

Here is what you will need to feed 2 lazy hungry people. (Easily doubled)

  • 4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Large Garlic clove (or 2 medium)
  • 60ml Soy Sauce
  • 60ml Ketchup
  • 60ml Honey

Firstly, measure out the soy sauce, ketchup and honey into a jug. Then finely chop the garlic and stir it all together.

Next, season the chicken on both sides with salt & pepper and pop it in your slow cooker in a single layer along the bottom.

Pour over the sauce and make sure that all the chicken is covered – then pop the lid on and cook on low for 4-6 hours until the chicken is cooked through.

Check the chicken at 4 hours – you don’t want to overcook it and make it dry. You can baste it occasionally if you want to, just to make sure the chicken is covered in the sauce to keep it moist.

When the chicken is cooked you can do one of two things. (I don’t really have any preference now I have tried it both ways.) Either remove the chicken and keep warm then pour the sauce in a heavy pan and reduce until you get your desired consistency OR Tip the whole lot (including the chicken) into a heavy pan and reduce until you get your desired consistency. It doesn’t really matter which way to be honest.

When the sauce is at the consistency you want, serve it up with some cooked rice. If you want to keep it gluten free, serve with a side salad, or anything else you like really! But I had mine with some rice and it worked beautifully.

What can I say about this dish? It’s simple, it’s marvellously delicious & the slow cooker does all the work for you. Oh, and chicken thighs are a cheap cut of meat so it’s good to your purse strings too!

Why wouldn’t you try this dish?!

And on that note, au revoir my lovelies!

Miss KitchenMason

Succulent Pulled BBQ Pork

This week I decided to finally use the slow cooker that has been collecting dust on top of my kitchen cupboards for the the last 4 years. I know, it’s a crime right? But I didn’t know that until yesterday! I swear I will never forsake you again my dearest slow cooker. Anyway, so I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for quite some time now. Pulled BBQ Pork. Another FoodGawker favourite. You can’t go 3 pages without seeing pictures of delicious looking pulled pork sandwiches!

So the recipe I used was from this lovely post by Maria & Josh at Two Peas & Their Pod. I made half the recipe as I don’t think that a chunk of meat that big would actually fit into my slow cooker. This time I used the american measurements, first time for everything! The only thing I converted was the vinegar which I worked out to be approx 90ml for half the recipe.

So, as stated in the recipe, I sliced the onion & combined this with the other ingredients (minus the pork) and placed into the bottom of the slow cooker. Then I mixed it up well & placed the pork on top swiftly followed by the lid. Next I went to put the plug in the socket only to realise that, at some point in the past, I had apparently stolen the fuse from said plug! Oopsie. After ransacking my house to find another 13A fuse and failing, I gave in and had to pop out to the shops to go and buy some.

So after all that palava, I finally switched it on and set the timer for 8hrs. Then it was time for the waiting game. A really, really, really long waiting game. That smelt amazing, total torture I can assure you.

So when it got to 7hrs, I couldn’t resist. I got a big bowl and pulled out the pork (a half at a time) and began pulling until it was all shredded. Obviously I sneaked a taste and it was delicious! Literally melt in the mouth delicious. At this point I realised that my slow cooker would not be returning to it’s old home above the kitchen cupboards. It had earned it’s place on the kitchen side alongside my food processor & my mixer!

So I popped all the meat back into the slow cooker in the sauce for another 30mins or so and waited for the other half to get home from work so we could devour some pork in some tiger bread cobs.

This dinner was well worth the wait & the torture you’re put through smelling it all day! It is also just as nice cold as it is hot. I had it again for tea the next day & if it’s possible I think it tasted even better. I think the extra time had helped the depth of flavour to improve.

I can’t wait to get cracking on some other slow cooker recipes.

Thanks again for reading.

Miss Kitchen Mason