My slow cooker is a “throw in and walk away” go-to companion. It is by and far one of the easiest ways to prepare a meal. I particularly like to use mine when I’m just not feeling up for prepping, cleaning, or doing any real labor in the kitchen. Lazy? Sure. I’ll admit it. Sometimes I can be lazy when it comes to making dinner. When you’re cooking 5-6 days a week like I do, you deserve to have a few backup meals that require very little effort, and a big hunk of pork with gravy is a wonderful option.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Whole pork butt
- Mushrooms (sliced)
- Onions (chopped)
- Chicken stock
- Dijon mustard
- Olive oil
- Crushed red pepper
Turn the slow cooker to low.
Drizzle in a little olive oil.
Add the onions and mushrooms.
Stir some Dijon mustard into 2 cups of chicken stock and add to the slow cooker.
Season with oregano, garlic, and crushed red pepper.
Stir everything around so the seasoning is distributed evenly.
Carefully place the pork butt into the mixture and cover.
Let it cook for 6-8 hours.
Once it’s done, remove pork from the slow cooker and place onto a covered baking sheet.
Take out the bone and put it in the oven on a low temp to keep warm.
To make the gravy, add some flour to the stock in the slow cooker.
Stir continuously until the gravy thickens.
Either shred the pork or serve it in chunks with some gravy on top.
Although the meal itself sits for about 8 hours to cook, the prep time is literally less than 10 minutes. After all is said and done, the pork will come out so tender it will break apart with a fork.
Of course, a whole pork butt is quite a bit of meat. I like to portion off the leftovers to stash away in the freezer. With a quick overnight defrost, I have the means to make pulled pork sandwiches, pork tacos, chili, or even a homemade BBQ pork pizza. Since there are only two of us, one pork butt will make up to 6-7 dinners and there are so many different ways to use it. Not bad for thirteen bucks!
Hope everyone had a nice holiday this year. I honestly can’t believe how fast 2015 came a went. But alas, there’s no turning back now. It’s time for a fresh start…
Happy New Year!
Until next time, take care.