Saturday, October 30, 2010

Slow-Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork

Every fifth weekend i have to work. This weekend is the fifth, so i am sitting at my desk from 7 AM until 7 PM. I have an hour long lunch at one o'clock, and since i only live a ten minute walk from work, i thought i would walk home (get some extra exercise) and make dinner in my crock-pot! This way, I am not eating dinner at 8:30 when i have to crash at 10 to get up at 6 tomorrow morning.

I found this recipe on the Kraft site (of course) and since i had all but 2 ingredients, which i was able to pick up in the Market on my morning break, i decided to go for it. 

1 + 1/2 Lb boneless pork loin, cut into 1 inch pieces.
1 onion, chopped
3/4 cup BBQ sauce (recipe recommends Kraft original).
1 can chicken broth. (10 oz).
1 can pineapple chunks in juice; drained (14 oz).
1 green pepper, chopped.
2 cups instant rice, uncooked. 

Place meat in slow cooker, top with onions.
Add BBQ sauce and chicken broth. Stir.
Cover and cook on LOW 8 - 10 hours, or HIGH 5 hours.
20 minutes before serving, stir in pineapple, green peppers and rice.

The recipe states it serves 6, to me it looked like it would be lucky to serve 4, but i got 5 out of it. Enough for a few lunches, yum. 

The ingredients i had to pick up were the rice and green pepper. I was planning on using boneless pork chops, since i did not want to buy extra meat, but when i went digging i found these pork stewing pieces in my freezer. I chopped each into 3 or 4 pieces and used them (the package was only $2.50, to, must have hit a sale that day!).

I also cooked the green peppers all day. I was supposed to have company for dinner (he ended up working; being on call sucks), and he does not like raw green peppers, so i figured i'd hide them some by cooking them :-) 

This is what i found when i got home from work, before adding the rice and pineapple. It is nice and dark because i used a chipotle & beer BBQ sauce that was left in the refrigerator. I don't usually use BBQ sauce, so i was not going out and buying a special bottle that would end up sitting. 

I don't know if there is a difference between minute rice and instant rice, but all could find was the minute kind, so that is what i used. The Market has most things that are needed, but not much variety in the boxed foods section.

Also, because it did not look like it would serve very much, and i wanted leftovers, i made salad to go with it. I cheated, i ran down to the store and bought a bagged salad, and then added a bit of green pepper and cheese. 

I really liked the rice and pork, the pineapple turned the BBQ sauce into a nice sweet and sour sauce. There was a little kick to it, but it could have been from the BBQ sauce. 

This was easy to make, i had it whipped up in 10 minutes on my lunch and was ready to serve 15 minutes after getting home. I could have easily had made it last night and if i had only my usual half hour lunch, just ran home and turned it on. My crock pot usually runs hot, things that are kept in it all day usually do not turn out, so i will not turn it on in the morning. Absolutely delicious, adding to my favorites file and recommending to anyone! 

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! It's so nice to have a warm and hearty meal waiting for you after a long day at work!