Slow Cooker Pork

Slow cooker pork recipes give you the opportunity to use cuts of pork that are cheap, but inconvenient for cooking in an oven because of the length of time needed to make them tender.

World famous chefs are creating gourmet meals from pig's cheeks and trotters. Nothing is stopping you from doing the same in a slow cooker or crockpot.

Cheap Cuts of Pork

After cooking in a slow cooker, the less popular cuts of pork, which are often avoided for conventional oven cooking or frying, become tender and juicy.

These better value pork cuts don't always appear in the supermarket, but can be found from a good butcher or online.

Value cuts of pork to ask for are:

Head, or cheeks

If you don't fancy a whole pig's head - and it's unlikely to fit in your slow cooker anyway, pig's cheeks are excellent, very cheap, and easy to handle.

Collar or Neck End

Comes from the back of the neck and can be used for steaks, chops or a joint. Needs slow cooking and good in a crock pot.

Feet or trotters

Unfashionable, but come out of a slow cooker tender and juicy.

Chump

From the hip of the animal. Sold as chops, steaks and small joints.

Hock

The upper part of foreleg. Usually sold smoked. A cheap cut full of flavour. Needs a long cooking time so perfect for slow cooker pork recipes.

Ribs

Slow cooker pork ribs are a very popular dish.

Shoulder

Cheap, richly flavoured and great in pork roast recipes for crockpot.

Pulled Pork Crock Pot Recipes

Pulled pork starts with a slow cooker pork roast. When cooked, the meat is shredded, returned to the crock pot and mixed with your favourite sauce and onions, pepper or whatever you like. Served on bread buns with garnish.

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs Barbecue ribs in a slow cooker? mmmm lovely. The reason they taste so good is the ribs marinade in a home made sauce while they cook.

Crockpot Pork Chops Recipe

Crockpot Pork Chops Recipe Simplicity itself, but with lots of variations. I like this recipe with cranberries, potatoes and yams. Apple, pineapple, apricots and other fruits are good additions to slow cooker pork recipes, as are rosemary, sage and thyme

Crock Pot Potatoes

Crock Pot Potatoes This recipe for crock pot potatoes is easily adaptable. I've used chopped pork, but if you substitute minced ( ground ) beef, lamb or pork, it becomes cottage pie or shepherds pie.

Crockpot Pork Loin Recipe

Crockpot Pork Loin This crockpot pork loin recipe could not be simpler. And it tastes great. Pork Tenderloin is a boneless joint suitable for pork roasts in crockpots.

Pork Roast Recipes for Crockpot

A joint of pork, try shoulder for the best value, can be very successfully roasted in a slow cooker. Cut the fat off and tie the joint up again, or leave the string and the fat on for a rich gravy.

The technique is to make a vegetable trivet from carrots or potatoes, cover the vegetables with water or stock, and place the joint on top of the vegetables. After eight to ten hours on low, the slow cooker pork roast will be perfectly cooked.

This trivet is made from carrot, parsnip and potato with a chopped onion in there for flavour, and works for all slow cooker roast recipes.

Vegetable Trivet

Pork Roast Recipes for Crockpot

Pork Roast Recipes for Crockpot Alternatively, a short metal or ceramic trivet about one inch, (25mm.) high can be used in pork roast recipes for a crockpot.

Unlike in an oven, there is no need to baste joints in a slow cooker, The moist cooking environment will prevent the pork from drying out.

Slow Cooker Pork Tips

In a fridge, small pieces of pork or pork mince will keep for one or two days. Large joints will keep for as long as five days (Check the use by date).

Pork intended for freezing should be frozen as soon as possible and used within six months.

Remove packing, place pork on a covered plate and defrost in the fridge, allowing five hours for every pound (500 gms.) of meat.

Keep cooked pork in the fridge and use within two days.

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Slow Cooker Tips

Fill cooker to at least half full, but not more than two thirds

Almost cover the ingredients with liquid for good transfer of heat

Lifting the lid during cooking will lose heat, increasing cooking time, and causing moisture loss

If using sugary ingredients, either use a liner or non-stick spray to make cleaning easier

Defrost ingredients before cooking

Place ingredients that are slower to cook, such as root vegetables, at the bottom of the cooker

Cooking on 'high' takes half as long as cooking on 'low'

If you had a power cut, there is no way of knowing if food is cooked properly. Throw it out

Don't re-heat food in a slow cooker

Cheaper, tougher cuts of meat will be tenderised in a slow cooker

Soak dried beans for twelve hours and boil for ten minutes before adding to the cooker to remove toxins

Adding a little liquid and pre-heating the cooker gives food a fast start

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