Be a Slow Cooking Sensation

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pulled pork sandwich w/ cole slaw

I love my crock pot. It saves the day (and dinner) more often than I ever thought it would when I first got it.  These are a couple of my favorite things to make in it (other than the amazing Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap).

Pulled Pork Sandwiches *insert drool emoji*

Ingredients:

  • pork butt/shoulder/roast whatever looks the best in the store and is the right size for your family, for just Alan and I, I usually find one that is about the size of a breadbowl, and there will be left overs.
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce (large size bottle)
    *or whatever BBQ sauce brand speaks to your soul.
  • Cole Slaw bag mix
  • Marie’s Cole Slaw dressing
  • pineapple chunks
    *I like to buy the snack pack size because you only use a little bit and that way you have them ready to go whenever and don’t have to come up with a use for the rest of the can before they go bad.
  • King’s Hawaiian hamburger buns (you can get the rolls if you want to make sliders) *if the Hawaiian break is too sweet for your taste buds, use your fave burger bun/dinner roll.
  • cooking oil spray

Instructions:

  • spray a thin coat of cooking spray on the inside of your slow cooker (I like to use coconut oil spray for this meal)
  • drop in your pork
  • coat the pork completely with BBQ sauce
  • Set to low and go about your day
  • I like to check the pork about 4-5 hours later, but it isn’t necessary if you won’t be home midday, if it is looking a little dry I add more BBQ sauce or sometimes a small can of tomato
  • roughly 8-9 hours later it should be fully cooked (and if you’re lucky a little crispy on the edges)
  • in a medium sized mixing bowl dump the cole slaw mix, add some pineapple chunks (and if you’re feeling like it a tiny bit of the pineapple juice), stir it up while adding the dressing to your preference.
  • shred the pork with two forks and then scoop some out onto your hamburger bun, top with cole slaw, and serve with your favorite side dish.

Shredded Beef Tacos:

Ingredients:

  • Tri tip (again about the size of a bread bowl for 2 people will be plenty and there will be some left overs) or any beef roast meat would probably be okay if tri tip
  • Favorite jar/can (need about 16 ounces) of salsa
  • Taco toppings (we like the following, but go with what you like)
    • Queso Fresco
    • White onions
    • cilantro
    • jalapenos
    • lime
    • fresh salsa
  • Corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  • spray a thin coat of cooking spray on the inside of the crock pot (I don’t have a preference for this recipe)
  • place the tri tip inside the pot
  • cover with salsa (use the whole jar)
  • set to low and go about your day
  • if about half way though it starts to look a little dry you can add tomato sauce, a SMALL amount of water, beef broth or if you have it more salsa… it usually doesn’t need much more liquid because the fat from the meat makes its own juice.
  • once the meat is fully cooked heat up some tortillas and fill with your favorite toppings.

**the leftover shredded beef is a great nacho toppings

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