Slow Cooker Red-Cooked Pork

I have to say, in a kitchen almost too full of gadgets, the slow cooker is just freakin’ awesome. You put a bunch of stuff in, you walk away for several hours, and upon your return you’re greeted by a meal that looks deceptively like you’ve put consideration and effort in to. No one need ever know how unspeakably lazy you really are.

This porky treat is a beautiful slow braise that gets a gorgeous colour from the vast amounts of soy sauce in it, but it’s actually not overly salty when it’s done.

The original recipe is from a book called ‘Easy Slow Cooker’ but I’ve doubled the recipe to feed about 8-10 and made a few worthwhile tweaks.

Ingredients:
2kg pork loin, tied
300 ml Mirin or Chinese rice wine or normal cooking sherry
500 ml chicken stock
300 ml dark soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cm piece of ginger, sliced
Zest of 2 small oranges
2 whole star anise
6 spring onions, cut into 3 or 4 pieces

Method:
Put everything but the pork in the slow cooker
Add the pork
Cook on high for 6+ hours

Serve cut into thick slices over rice or noodles. Would be amazing with steamed bok choi or sesame green beans.

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Optional kitchen porn:
Crock Pot slow cooker – honestly, just get one

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Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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