Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fall apart Pork crock pot roast

Today was a rainy stormy cravin' some home cooked lovin' kind of a day.
I purchased a 5.64lb pork roast from Costco and decided to cut that beast in half and freeze part of it. This half will be plenty for my small family for one dinner plus left overs.
Note: If you are serving 4-6 adults I would definitely use the whole roast.
I started by adding the roast to my crockpot (leaving the cooking twine attached as it helps hold the roast together)
and added 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and
1 teaspoon salt (pork is very bland and needs to be well seasoned to add flavor)
and as much fresh cracked pepper as your family enjoys.

Next I filled a pitcher full of hot water and mixed in 1/2 cup of beef gravy mix. You can also use one box of beef broth, either works great. Make sure that the liquid is at least 3/4 full in the crock pot around the roast.

Next I added one medium sweet onion cut into quarters.

Put the lid on and turn your crock pot on high. I make sure and let mine cook for AT LEAST 7 hours to really get the fall apart tender pork roast you want. The best part about this meal is, when people see it and eat it they think you slaved for hours when in reality, the crockpot does all the work :) [insert victory dance here]

About and hour-and hour and a half before you a ready to eat, you can add carrots and potatoes. We like our carrots whole and rustic and the potatoes sliced thin. The thicker you cut them obviously the longer they need to cook.
Now for the gravy
Scoop some of the delicious broth out of the crockpot into a small saucepan.

Then take a measuring cup and scoop some of the broth into that. Add a tablespoon of corn starch and stir. set aside. Turn your burner to high and let your saucepan full of broth come to a light boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt while whisking consistently. The broth should thicken instantly.


The gravy should be just thick enough to coat your spoon. If it is too thick for your taste, just add a little more broth from the crockpot. Keep this on low temperature until ready to serve. you will want to cover it with a lid or it will built a "skin" on top.
Next, dish up a plate of deliciousness for your guest. I added a little sprig of the carrot leaves for color and garnish.
My husband of course responded by asking "why is this weed on my plate?" :)
The pork has been cooked to submission! It is tender, well flavored and FALL-A-PART

Note: This meal is naturally gluten free as long as your beef gravy mix does not contain gluten.

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