Cooking Slow

Chesapeake Bay Pulled Pork

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Over the past few weeks we’ve ranged from -40 to 0 degrees (we’re celsius so roughly translated that’s colder than the North Pole to shorts weather – for us, anyway). We’ve had snow, sleet and even a thundershower the other night?!? And yesterday we had wind gusts up to 100km/hr.

I say all this because it just makes one want to hole up inside, eat comfort food and wait for spring to come!

Recently I came across this book, Cooking Slow by Andrew Schloss, and the recipes in here are answering that call for comfort as of late.

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So far I’ve tried three recipes, with plans for more, and they have all been a hit. In a day and age when 15-minute meals are all the rage, Cooking Slow goes against the grain but in doing so actually speaks to getting a wholesome meal on the table, but in a way that doesn’t always require maximum effort.

Cooking Slow covers off several different methods of slow cooking – slow roasting, slow baking, slow steaming, slow grilling, slow frying, slow cookers, and sous vide (where the ingredients are vacuum packed for cooking because they are too delicate for regular methods).

Slow cookers have always appealed to me. Nothing like spending a little bit of time in the morning so you can walk in the door at the end of the day and be greeted by the tempting aroma of a dinner meal that just needs to be dished out.

All three recipes from the book that I made were done in my slow cooker. Meatloaf (which is in the slow roasting section but has a slow cooker option). Turkey chili. And this recipe for Chesapeake Bay Pulled Pork.

Slow Cooker Recipes

The pulled pork was so good! Basically you marinate a pork shoulder overnight in a dry rub of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, brown sugar and… Old Bay! (Are you like me and have a container of Old Bay in your spice cupboard but never really use it??) Then you cook on low for 8 hours along with garlic cloves and chicken broth in your slow cooker and when you come home all you have to do is shred the pork in it’s own juices and serve on a soft dinner bun. So easy to pull together but so rewarding!

Do you have a favourite comfort food?

Back out to shovel snow now so we can get off to work this morning!

9 thoughts on “Cooking Slow

  1. Suzan

    Oh my! That Chesapeake Bay pulled pork sounds fabulous! It just so happens that I have a pork shoulder in the freezer and I was going to do a CocaCola pulled pork but this is probably a whole lot less calorie laden. Since I can read the recipe page in the photo, I am all set. Thanks!

    1. admin Post author

      Let me know how it turns out, Suzan! I like this version as it wasn’t overly sweet. And the house smells so good after it’s been in the slow cooker for 7-8 hours! Bon appetite!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Elie, thanks for the comment! I love pulled pork too. What I really love about this recipe is it’s not overly sweet. Was really good for leftovers as well!

  2. Teri @ The Freshman Cook

    You had me at pulled pork.! I just love it.This sounds just incredible, and the Old Bay adds an interesting element. I am looking forward to making this! I’d love if you would drop by my Super Bowl Eats and Treats Linky Party, and share your recipe! You can link up any crafts, appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, anything that says “Super Bowl” to you! We would love to have you!
    http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/01/super-bowl-linky-party.html

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Teri! I love the favour that the Old Bay brings to this classic dish. And I dropped by your page as well!! Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Deb

    I really enjoyed your post. Pulled Pork is so delicious and I’m glad that you shared at my Shine a Spotlight Linky Party this week. Pinned it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing and be sure to stop by again on Saturday. Your recipe might be one of my featured posts!—Deb at DialMforMoms.com

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