My first choice for the slow-roasted flavor of a pork shoulder or boneless butt is roasting it in the oven, and I told you about that in July, but this is my second favorite way to cook it, not least because it frees up the whole day to do other things and then just eat. I looked at a lot of web recipes for slow-cooker pork before I found this gem at CHOW: Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.
Follow their directions, especially including the terrific rub with brown sugar, cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder. And they even have a short three minute instructional video. The only change I make is in step 3, where instead of using either the meat juices or barbecue sauce, I use both. My Cuisinart® slow cooker has a timer that switches over to a warming stage, so I set it for 6 or 8 hours, depending on the size of the roast. Eight hours for a whole shoulder, bone-in; 6 for a boneless butt, 3-5 pounds.
Slow in the oven or slow in the slow cooker—it’s all good.
I finally had to get a new bowl for the Cuisinart® food processor, because the handle was so badly cracked I was holding it together with freezer tape. The old bowl has many hairline cracks, as well, that were just luckily holding together, and I’m keeping that bowl for a just-in-case moment, but it was really time to get a new one. I use the food processor frequently and the vibrations simply took their toll. Things like hard cheeses and meat can put a lot of stress on this glorious device.
I guess one good reason to use a top brand is that replacement parts are easy to find.
After I retired, I moved the Kitchen Aid® mixer out of the back cupboard to the counter where I will be more likely to use it. I don’t use it as often as I use the Cuisinart® but more often than I used to now that it’s handy. Speaking of replacement parts, I would like to get a few extra bowls for the mixer. We already have the meat grinder attachment that we use in the fall when we butcher deer that we have hunted, and it works great. These are two appliances that I have come to depend on and would want to replace if necessary.