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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Author’s Note: Juicy, moist Pork Carnitas with gorgeous golden brown crunchy bits! Incredibly easy, made in the slow cooker or oven.

Servings: 10 – 12

Ingredients

5 lb pork shoulder (pork butt), skinless, bone-in (4lb without bone) (Note 3)
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, deseeded, chopped
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 oranges, juice only (or sub with 3/4 cup fresh orange juice)

Rub

1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Rinse and dry the pork shoulder, rub in salt and pepper.

Combine the rub ingredients then rub all over the pork.

Place the pork in a slow cooker (fat cap up), top with the onion, jalapeño, minced garlic (don’t worry about spreading it) and squeeze over the juice of the orange.

Slow Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 6 hours (or 1h 30 m in an electric pressure cooker on high. If using stovetop pressure cooker, please see notes).

The meat should be tender and falling off the bone. Remove from the slow cooker and let cool slightly. Then shred the pork using two forks.

Skim off the fat from the juices remaining in the slow cooker and discard the fat. Then if you are left with a lot more than 1 1/2 to 2 cups of juice, then reduce it (either in the slow cooker on the sauté setting with the lid off, or in a saucepan). The liquid will be SALTY, it is the seasoning for the pork. Set aside.

To Serve

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non stick pan over high heat. Place shredded pork into the pan, drizzle over some juices. Wait until the juices evaporate and the bottom side is golden brown and crusty. Turn and just briefly sear the other side – you don’t want to make it brown all over because then it’s too crispy, need tender juicy bits.

Repeat in batches (takes me 4 batches) – don’t crowd the pan.

Remove pork from skillet. Drizzle over more juices and serve immediately (if you are using defrosted carnitas, this is not applicable as the juices are already on the meat – see Note 4c).

If you are reheating the carnitas (Note 4), then flip and cook the other side briefly just to warm through. I really recommend only making one side crusty and leaving the other side juicy and moist.

Recipe Notes

1. If you are using a piece of pork that is not the size I use, you MUST reduce the salt accordingly. If your pork is more than 1 lb / 0.5 kg larger or smaller than the prescribed size, ensure you adjust the other ingredients accordingly as well, not just the salt.

2. To make this in the oven, add 1 cup of water to the braising liquid. Place in 325F/160C oven for 2 hours, covered, then roast for a further 1 to 1.5 hours uncovered. Add more water if the liquid dries out too much. You should end up with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of liquid when it finishes cooking.

If you make this recipe in the oven, you could skip the pan frying step because you will get a nice brown crust on your pork.

3. Use pork with the skin removed but leaving some of the fat cap on. The fat adds juiciness to the carnitas!

4. Taco Fixing suggestions: Diced avocado or make a real proper Guacamole, Pico de Gallo or Restaurant Style Salsa or even just sliced tomato, grated cheese, sour cream. Sliced lettuce or pickled cabbage / red onions would also be great, but unlike other tacos, you don’t need it for the texture because the carnitas have the crispy bits!

Make Ahead:

a) For overnight or up to 3 days, the best option is to shred the meat without pan frying, keep the juices separate, refrigerate, then pan fry to make it golden and reheat the meat, pouring juices over while it is browning per recipe.

b) To brown the meat ahead, the meat actually holds up pretty well in terms of staying crispy. It’s even pretty good refrigerated overnight – but a) is definitely better. Keep the juices separate and pour it over just before reheating the pork. You can reheat in the microwave, quickly reheat in the pan or if you have loads, in a foil covered roasting pan in the oven at 180C/350F for around 8 – 10 minutes.

c) To Freeze: This holds up great in the freezer. Pour the juices over the pulled pork (pre browning) and store in ziplock bags or airtight containers. Freeze in small batches for convenience. To use, defrost completely before following the recipe to brown the pork.

6. Stovetop Pressure Cooker – use a rack to elevate it from the base OR add 3/4 cup of water. Then once the pork is cooked, remove it then simmer to reduce to around 2 cups of liquid.
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Oven Roast Pork Chops Recipe with Garlic Sauce


Servings: 4

Ingredients

4 pork chops (we used 3/4″ center cut loin chops, 8-ounces each)
4 Tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil, divided
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 Tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dijon mustard or yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
3-4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste
black pepper, to taste (preferably fresh cracked pepper)
1 pound small potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
2 large carrots, cut into bite sized pieces or 1 cup small baby carrots, halved
Minced parsley for garnish, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.

Make the marinade: in large ziplock bag, combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire, ketchup, onion powder, mustard, brown sugar and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Rub the bag between your hands to combine all the ingredients. Place pork chops in the bag and massage the marinade into the pork chops. Seal the bag and marinade the pork chops for at least 30 minutes.

Toss the potatoes and carrots with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Take pork chops out of the marinade bag and place on baking sheet. Add the potatoes and carrots on same baking sheet around the pork chops. Brush leftover marinade over the potatoes, carrots, and the pork chops.

Bake the pork chops for 35-50 minutes, or until the pork chops are cooked through or internal temperature reaches 145F.

Change the oven setting to “Broil” with the oven rack about 6-8 inches from the heating element. Broil the pork chops for about 3-7 minutes or until a nicely browned crust forms.

Garnish with minced parsley, optional. Serve warm.

Author’s notes: Pork chops vary in size and thickness, so adjust cooking times as necessary. Our recipe was made with 3/4″ thick center cut pork loin chops at about 8 ounces each. If you’re cooking with thinner and smaller chops, reduce cooking time and check the chops earlier for doneness. You can cook these on a skillet and sear them first before you put them in the oven, which skips the broiler method in the end.
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Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin


Serves: 4-8

Ingredients

2 lb pork tenderloin
1 medium yellow onion
8 Tbsp honey mustard salad dressing
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
3-4 clove garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp chili paste
2/3 c water
salt and pepper
slow cooker

Directions

Pat dry pork tenderloin and trim any excess fat. Salt and pepper to taste.

Slice onion in rings and lay on bottom of slow cooker. Place pork tenderloin on top of onions. Pour water on bottom of slow cooker around tenderloin.

Mix together remaining ingredients. Whisking until combined. At this point taste mixture for sweetness and heat, adjust to your liking.

Pour mixture over pork tenderloin.

Set slow cooker on high, cook for about 4 hours or on low for about 7 hours.

Author’s notes: Serve with your favorite side. Mine is basmati rice. Then I garnish with fresh chopped green
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Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast


Serves 8

Ingredients

2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast (sirloin roast)
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Season the pork with salt, garlic powder and red pepper flakes and place it into the slow cooker. Mix together the broth and vinegar and pour it over the pork, then pour the honey over and set the timer for 4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.

Once the pork is cooked and tender (it should shred easily with a fork), remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and put back into the slow cooker and ladle 1/2 cup sauce over the pork and keep warm until ready to eat.
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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Loin

Ingredients

1-1.7 pound pork loin filet
1 pound ground sausage
1 pound bacon
3 slices multigrain bread, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon thyme
1 dash cayenne pepper

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

First, lay out the pork loin and as evenly as possible, carefully slice it to open it up, approximately 1/8″ in thickness, then set aside.

In a medium pan, cook up the sausage and the onion until fully cooked. Remove sausage and onion from the pan, then add chicken broth to deglaze the pan, stirring for a couple of minutes.

In a bowl, mix the sausage with bread and chicken broth, stirring to combine.

Now, lay out the bacon so each piece is slightly layering each other.

Place the pork filet onto the row of bacon, and add the sausage/stuffing filling onto the long side of the pork filet, starting with a generous scoop evenly at the top of the filet.

Roll it up, making sure that the bacon is covering the entire filet.

Place it onto a sheet pan and set aside as the oven heats up.

Make the sauce by mixing the maple syrup with the thyme and cayenne.

Generously brush the sauce onto the bacon wrapped pork, and baste throughout the cooking process.

Be sure to tent the meat with foil if the sauce starts to burn before the meat is fully cooked. However, keep in mind that some slightly burnt sugar spots will also be delicious.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 – 160 degrees.

Let the meat rest for a few minutes before you cut into it to allow the juices to settle. Slice at your desired thickness, and serve.

For Valentine’s Day

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Apple Stuffed Pork Loin Roast

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
8 fresh sage leaves
2 cups thick-cut white bread cubes, crusts removed
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth, plus more if needed
1 (3 pound) pork loin roast, butterflied

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, apples and sage. Saute until softened.

Remove from the heat and gently stir in the bread, egg, butter and salt and pepper.

Add the chicken broth gradually until everything is moistened.

Let the stuffing mixture cool completely before putting it in the pork loin.

Spoon the stuffing down the pork, horizontally, in a line.

Roll the pork over the stuffing, jelly roll style, ending with the seam down and fat side up. Lightly score the fat, in a diamond pattern, with a sharp knife.

Tightly tie the pork roast up with butcher’s twine, season it with more salt and pepper, and transfer to a roasting pan.

Roast the pork in a preheated oven for about 90 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Garnish with apples and fresh herbs.
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Stuffed Pork Chops with Pumpkin Gravy


serves 8

Ingredients

Pork:

8 ( 6 oz) boneless pork chops
1 pouch chicken flavored Stove Top Stuffing
2 c. boiling water
salt, pepper, garlic powder and ground sage to taste

Gravy:

2/3 c. canned pumpkin
1 c. fat-free chicken broth
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp. salt
2 T. brown sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a large baking dish with nonstick spray.

Place stuffing mix in a large bowl. Mix with boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes.

Cut pork to, but not through the other side. Sprinkle pork on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and sage. Fill each chop with stuffing. Place pork in baking dish and bake 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, whisk together gravy ingredients in a saucepan. Cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until thickened. Serve over pork chops
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