Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Our generation was never quite as obsessed with kitchen gadgetry as our parents were. Most people never seem to venture beyond a blender and a George Foreman Grill. After all, Margaritas and paninis can get you through your 20s just fine.
But maybe you are starting to get a little more excited by all of that shiny, shiny, chrome in the back aisle of Crate and Barrel.
One standard in your parent's pantry is the good old crockpot. Don't allow a few bland dinners of bygone days to tarnish its memory. This is a magic machine. It cooks while keeping the house cool on the warmest of days -- we're all a little tired of salads by now, aren't we? And as the temperature drops, it is the perfect way to make the homey soups and stews of Autumn. You can even ignore it and it won't burn the house down. I can't even say that about a human child.
It's still not quite soup weather, and a human child should never, ever be put in a crockpot, not even during Hide and Seek. So what's cooking? How about a badass pulled pork sandwich from our neighbors in Tennessee?
3 to 4 pounds pork shoulder roast, boneless
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 chopped onion
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco or similar hot pepper sauce
1 Tablespoon molasses
¼ cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
¼ tsp dry mustard
1 cup ketchup
1/2 lemon, juiced
Throw all of this stuff in the crockpot, turn it on low, and give it a stir. You might want to add a little apple juice or water to cover the meat.
Now go master Guitar Hero, Twitter, get a hip hairstyle, hey, maybe go out and work all day. Whatever. The crockpot doesn't give a damn what you do. Just go away for about 6 to 8 hours. The crockpot needs its alone time.
Shred the pork using 2 forks in a barbarian tearing motion. Toss the fat and bone if you find any. Serve with:
A little BBQ sauce (We like Sweet Baby Rays, ourselves)
Coleslaw. (Yes, On the sandwich. That's right. Just do it. It will all make sense in a minute.)