Thursday, October 30, 2014
Slow Cooked Cuban Pork Shoulder
Who doesn't love the idea of a slow cooker? When I think about a perfect crock pot recipe, I picture tossing a bunch of vegetables and a cut of meat into a pot and returning home hours later to a perfectly cooked meal. However, most crock pot recipes suck. They either involve cream of mushroom soup, French onion dip in a packet or an entire bottle of Ketchup. I recently read one for meatballs that suggested combining a jar of BBQ sauce, cherry preserves and frozen meatballs. I'm not kidding.
On the other extreme, there are some crock pot recipes that require you to sear the meat, roast the vegetables in the oven, toast your spices, make a separate sauce...and only then combine everything into the slow cooker. No, gracias.
This recipe for Cuban pork has only a handful of ingredients and it truly is a 'toss it all in the crock pot' recipe.
I did skip the last part where you roast the pork skin. While I'm sure it's delicious, I don't think I need to incorporate chicharrón into my weekday menus. The only trick to this recipe is to use good limes, and don't skimp. I served it with rice and beans and sautéed greens. If you have some good recipes for the slow cooker, PLEASE send my way!