Two words for you: slow cooker. Low heat is low key the best thing to ever happen to my kitchen. The beauty of the slow cooker is that you just throw shit in there, turn it on, leave for work, and you get a ton of meals while expelling an amount of energy comparable to a hungover Sunday morning. Dinnertime laziness at it’s finest (is it just me or does “Dinnertime Laziness” sound like the Weird Al title to a parody of “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Ray?) But yeah, I’m pretty sure this was the best $10 investment I made in 2015.
One of my first meals in this magical machine was pulled pork, a favorite of mine. It’s borderline criminal how easy it was – $20, 10 minutes of prep time, and it produced enough pulled pork to last me an entire week-worth of lunch. Looks good, right? It tasted so good I even made it twice!
Here’s the down and dirty:
Pork butt + whiskey + BBQ sauce + apple cider vinegar + apple slices + salt + pepper + dash of cinnamon.
And for those of you who are going to ask specifics about my recipe, don’t. Measuring isn’t my thing when it comes to cooking; so, when I decided to make this pork butt, I kinda just flew by the seat of my pants (there’s the corny joke you’ve all been waiting for!) I suggest you do the same and add things you like. Think: BBQ sauce, honey, whiskey, orange juice, apple cider, peppers, etc.
I’m pretty sure my neighbors think I’m an alcoholic because I cook with alcohol so frequently (beer, whiskey, wine, etc.) My hallway often reeks of ethanol, and I have no shame. In fact, it just struck me that all my neighbors are single men. So maybe next time I cook meat soaked in alcohol, I’ll invite them over for dinner? I’m pretty sure that’s the definition of Dude Food.
Anyway, if you’ve got a slow cooker, consider making pulled pork one night! It melts in your mouth and can be prepared in so many ways – I think I’m gonna try the recipe again with a raspberry pepper chutney to top off the whiskey-laden pork.
Remember: Throw shit in, turn it on, and wait. Time to start cooking!
Until next time, keep it stylish.