A friend who shall remain nameless to protect her reputation, told me a funny story about her crockpot mishap. I repeat it only as a public service.
At first I didn’t believe her, then I recalled some of my bumbles in the kitchen. My excuse is an acute case of attention deficit disorder, but that’s exactly why I LOVE crock pot cooking so much. You can fix it and forget it as long as you can remember where you live.
Anyway, Camille..er, “my friend” received a brand new crockpot for her birthday. She was still using one of those orange models from the late 70s. She couldn’t wait to break it in so to speak and how prophetic that turned out to be!
Late one evening she sleepily dumped all the ingredients for her famous “Crockpot Chicken recipe” into the new pot. She plugged it up and went to bed dreaming of the savory meal that would be waiting for lunch the next day.
In the night she heard her puppy dog making strange noises in the kitchen. It sounded like he was lapping up something but she was too “dog” tired to get up and check.
The next morning she waltzed into the kitchen to find her chicken sauce all over the cabinets and floor. There was nothing left in the pot but something that looked like cigar butts and probably tasted about as delicious. She had overlooked one minor detail the night before. (Small details bore me too.) She had forgotten to place the stoneware crockery into the unit and had dumped all the ingredients directly into the heating thingy. Everything that possibly could, had leaked out.
This gives me a chance to pass along a wonderful recipe I adapted from someone. I call it Lazy Woman’s Barbecue.
Lazy Woman’s Pulled Pork
I 4-5 pound Boston Butt Roast
Salt and ground pepper to taste
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
1 onion halves
1 onion halved
Salt and pepper the roast and place it in your crock pot. Add vinegar and cook on high for one hour. Reduce heat to low and go to bed. Let it cook for about 12 hours. Drain and shred roast unto pieces. Place meat back in slow cooker. You may like it just like this – if you want it sweeter, mix brown sugar and barbeque sauce (unless your sauce is already sweet) and pour over slivered meat in the pot. Place onion on top and cook on low another 2 – 3 hours. Makes 10 servings.