I’ve made only a handful of dishes in my slow cooker, and mostly that’s because I don’t want to leave it turned on at home whilst I’m at work. Inspired by the Heston recipe my flatmates brought home, I thought I’d make a pulled pork dish with some chipotle paste I had in the cupboard.
- 1 chopped red onion
- 2 pork loins (you can use pretty much anything but I wanted it to be a little bit leaner)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp smoked salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small bottle of chipotle paste
- 1 bottle of tomato passata
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 10 ml Worcestershire sauce
- 25g golden syrup
- Cut the loin into small rounds, and coat with the dry ingredients and the chipotle paste. Add the chopped garlic. Brown the pork off to caramelise some of the flavours
- Brown the onion and add the onion to the slow cooker.
- Add the pork and the rest of the wet ingredients.
- Cook the pork in the slow cooker (I did it for about 4 hours)
- Shred the pork and add it back in
One thing I realised that slow cookers aren’t good for is caramelising and thickening the sauce. The temperature never gets hot enough, so I think next time I would finish the dish off in a saucepan on the pan to really bring the sweetness and thickness to the BBQ sauce at the end.
Still turned out pretty good. I served this in a toasted ciabatta with freshly chopped coriander, salsa and a squeeze of lime juice. This is one dish I’ll definitely be making again.