Tag Archives: Slowcooker

Pull the Pork

Made some awesome pulled pork on Sunday when we had sideways rain all day. Super easy to toss it in the slowcooker (If yours does browning, you don’t even have to use a second pot), while I was making lunch and it was ready for dinner! (No gluten, dairy, or eggs in this ;)

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3-4 lbs boneless pork shoulder, bone-in (if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

Mix all the spices and rub generously over the pork shoulder. Brown the meat from all sides in a little oil ~5min. Remove the meat, and add the rest of the ingredients and loosen all the brown bits. Add the meat and liquid into your slowcooker and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for about 7.

Now remove the meat and reduce the liquid down to about half (10-15min). Pull the pork apart (mine was so soft, I just had to press it lightly with my fingers), remove any fat and the bone. Taste the cooking liquid, add salt, sugar, vinegar, hot sauce to taste and mix as much with the meat as you like it to be juicy :)

Serve on fresh rolls or corn tortillas with coleslaw. (Coleslaw: Finely cut 1/2 lb green cabbage and mix with salt, pepper, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, oil, and 2 tbsp mayo/Vegenaise for egg-free)

Enjoy & Guten Appetit! :)

Spicy Slowcooker Goulash

I was very happy with how my slowcooker Gulasch (German spelling) turned out today. Since my wife didn’t want beef, I cooked it quite spicy and shared it with our neighbor ;)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs beef (London broil), cubed
  • 1 Onion, finely copped
  • 1-x cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of Celery, chopped
  • 2 medium Carrots, chopped
  • 1 can of diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 can of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups of Beef Broth
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Marjoram
  • 1-x dried Chili, without stems (add all things spicy, like hot-sauce and chili powder as much as you can take)
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper

Brown Onions, Garlic, Carrots and Celery in some Oil for 5min. Add Beef and brown. Add a little red wine, if you want or just the broth and cook loose the brown bits. Mix the contents of the pan and everything else together in the slowcooker.
Cook on low for 8 hrs. If the sauce is not thick enough at the end, cook it on high for a while.
Serve with Sour Creme and Semmelknödel or Spätzle :)

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Apricots

Here goes my Moroccan Chicken with Apricots:

Put into the slow cooker in this order
– One medium onion, chopped
– Two large carrots, chopped
– One medium chicken, 3-5 lbs, washed and patted dry
o Salt and Pepper chicken inside and out
o Mix 1.5 tsp ground coriander, 1.5 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp dried garlic and ¼ tsp ground nutmeg and rub chicken inside and out
o Put on carrots breast down
– One cup of dried apricots, add around the chicken
– Mix and pour over chicken and apricots
o one cup of dry red wine
o ½ cup of chicken broth
o Two tsp honey (use less, if you don’t like it too sweet – depending on the sweetness of the apricots)

Cook 3.5 hrs on high or 7 hrs on low (Chicken breast should reach 165F).
Top with fresh Cilantro before serving. Goes well with rice our couscous.

Moroccan Chicken with Apricots