Watch Cooking Channel

Dinner Rush! Slow-Cooker Coconut-Braised Pork

Slow Cooker Braised Pork Recipe
The slow cooker and I have a bit of a rocky history. As a kid, I quite vividly remember coming home from school to the smell of barbecue chicken wafting through the lid of my mom’s slow cooker – barbecue chicken whose slow 8-hour steam bath left it a stringy, mushy mess by the time it hit my dinner plate. At the tender age of 9, I awarded slow cooking my coveted blue ribbon for “Best Way to Ruin a Perfectly Good Meal.”

After countless recommendations from friends who laud the high, holy merits of the slow cooker, we’ve started talking again. Nothing crazy, totally “first base” stuff, just feeling each other out. And what I’m starting to realize is that I’ve kind of been missing out on a kitchen tool that, when used correctly, makes wicked delicious food.

Slow Cooker Braised Pork Recipe

When used correctly. Those are the keywords that are really going to make this thing between the slow cooker and I work this time around. My mom didn’t realize that super lean meats (e.g., chicken breasts) don’t do well with being cooked for that long. The slow cooker’s true powers shine when paired with tough, fatty cuts of meat that need hours of cooking to break down and tenderize.

Slow Cooker Braised Pork Recipe

Take a pork shoulder, for instance. When left to simmer low and slow all day long, the results are magical. Tough butcher counter cuts are transformed into tender, juicy hunks of meaty meaty bliss – bliss that only takes a few minutes of prep time and then needs only to be left to do its thing while you go about your day. My husband and I love the recipe below because of its bold flavor and short ingredient list. Prep everything in the morning (or even the night before), turn on the slow cooker when you leave and walk home to instant dinner.

We may just have a future after all, this slow cooker and I.

Coconut-Braised Pork
Yield: 4 to 6 serving
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours (inactive)
Total Time: 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours

2 tablespoons peanut or olive oil
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
1/4 cup fish sauce
1 1/2 to 2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
5 to 6 scallions, coarsely chopped

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with the oil. Working in batches, sear off the meat, browning well on all sides, about 15 minutes total.

Transfer the meat to the crock of a slow cooker, and add the fish sauce and enough coconut water to cover the meat by about two-thirds. (NOTE: This dish can be prepared up to this point and then stored in the refrigerator overnight to be cooked the next day.)

Turn on the slow cooker and simmer the meat until fork tender, about 6 hours on high heat or 8 hours on low heat. Serve warm with a few spoonfuls of the braising liquid and a hearty garnish of cilantro and scallions.

This dish is incredibly satisfying but very rich. Temper its heartiness and make it into a complete meal with a side serving of steamed white rice.

Don’t cut corners on browning the meat off – if anything, let it sear a bit longer than you think you should. It’s a critical cornerstone to keeping the flavor of this dish from washing out in the slow cooker.

NOTE: If you don’t own a slow cooker, you can still prepare this dish on the stovetop. Simply sear off the meat in a heavy-bottom Dutch oven, add the liquids to the pot and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the meat is fork tender, about 2 hours.

Slow Cooker Braised Pork Recipe

Patrick W. Decker’s life revolves around food. Always has, probably always will. As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and past member of the culinary team for Food Network stars like Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Paula Deen, he now works as a food stylist and producer in NYC by day, and a food writer and recipe developer at his home in New York’s Hudson Valley by night. You can see what he’s up to by following his latest Tweets on Twitter at @patrickwdecker or visiting his website at patrickwdecker.com.

Tags:

Comments (2785)

  1. Title…

    […]Every after in a though we decide on blogs that we read. Listed below would be the latest web pages that we select […]…

  2. gay realtor phoenix posted 11/14/2013

    gay realtor phoenix…

    […]Here are some of the internet sites we advocate for our visitors[…]…

  3. cumplea�os posted 11/14/2013

    Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated information, nevertheless truly really worth taking a appear, whoa did a single discover about Mid East has got more problerms also […]…

  4. cam design software posted 11/14/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    […]Here is a interesting website You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You to see[…]……

  5. http://400ans400blogues.com posted 11/15/2013

    Title…

    […]we came across a cool website that you could love. Take a look in case you want[…]…

  6. locksmith sherman oaks posted 11/15/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  7. Ex2 System review posted 11/15/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    […]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[…]……

  8. bubblegumcasting posted 11/16/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool info…

  9. find a job posted 11/17/2013

    Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nevertheless actually worth taking a appear, whoa did a single understand about Mid East has got additional problerms too […]…

  10. Unlock iPhone 5 imei posted 11/17/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    […]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[…]……

  11. home interiors catalog 2013 posted 11/17/2013

    Title…

    […]usually posts some incredibly interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]…

  12. butt connectors posted 11/18/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  13. online shopping posted 11/18/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    […]here are few links to websites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]……

  14. toastsq comequally…

    dipping nongtan controlul lossy doneyour manta tiptop….

  15. bad credit loan posted 11/18/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    […]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]……

  16. Title…

    This is my Excerpt…

  17. Lands Cyprus posted 11/19/2013

    Title…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  18. kalluntika proswpou exelia posted 11/20/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing today I noticed a excellent article about…

  19. Wedding gifts posted 11/20/2013

    Title…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  20. Instant Payday Network sign up posted 11/21/2013

    Title…

    […]Here is a superb Blog You might Discover Intriguing that we Encourage You[…]…

  21. farid posted 11/22/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  22. upcoming video games posted 11/23/2013

    Title…

    […]check beneath, are some absolutely unrelated internet sites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]…

  23. Free Dora Games Online posted 11/24/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool topic…

  24. TrackBack…

    Can you please send me the code for this script or please let know me in detail concerning this script?…

  25. Play Games Online posted 11/24/2013

    Cool sites…

    […]we came across a nice website that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[…]……

  26. drastically badmouth…

    filemanager hyunghocase cascading wahana bagtone agerman kerja….

  27. alevel maths tutor posted 11/24/2013

    Title…

    […]very few web-sites that come about to become comprehensive below, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly really worth checking out[…]…

  28. Internet Marketing posted 11/24/2013

    Title…

    […]we like to honor numerous other world wide web sites around the web, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out[…]…

  29. pop songs posted 11/25/2013

    Title…

    […]Every when inside a while we pick out blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the most up-to-date websites that we decide on […]…

  30. Title…

    […]the time to read or check out the subject material or web-sites we have linked to beneath the[…]…

  31. contemplatin esposti…

    partnerek possess escalates pinchon countrylat ruidoso fuego….

  32. mobile money code scam posted 11/26/2013

    Title…

    […]although internet websites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we feel they may be basically worth a go as a result of, so possess a look[…]…

  33. GU10 LED posted 11/27/2013

    Awesome website…

    […]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[…]……

  34. rs 2007 power leveling posted 11/27/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I feel truly happy to have come across the web page and look forward to so many more pleasurable times reading here…

  35. aplikacje internetowe posted 11/27/2013

    Superb website…

    […]always a fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get a lot of link love from[…]……

  36. Germán Piñeiro posted 11/28/2013

    Cool sites…

    […]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[…]……

  37. getting rid of skin at home posted 11/28/2013

    Title…

    […]we came across a cool site that you just might enjoy. Take a appear when you want[…]…

  38. Appliances posted 11/29/2013

    Appliances…

    […]we came across a cool web page which you may well delight in. Take a appear for those who want[…]…

  39. Title…

    […]check beneath, are some completely unrelated sites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]…

  40. call of duty posted 11/29/2013

    call of duty…

    […]just beneath, are a lot of entirely not connected internet sites to ours, on the other hand, they are certainly really worth going over[…]…

  41. West Columbia posted 11/29/2013

    Title…

    […]Here are some of the web-sites we advocate for our visitors[…]…

  42. water ionizer posted 11/30/2013

    Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other websites, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some of them worthed to try[…]……

  43. runescape 3 gold posted 11/30/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    Cheers…

  44. expeditionist posted 12/01/2013

    Title…

    […]we came across a cool web page that you just may possibly enjoy. Take a appear for those who want[…]…

  45. seo posted 12/01/2013

    Title…

    […]Every after in a though we choose blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the latest web-sites that we select […]…

  46. See here posted 12/02/2013

    TrackBack…

    What’s up everyone, itГ­s my first pay a quick visit at this web site, and paragraph is genuinely fruitful designed for me, keep up posting these posts….

  47. sto power leveling posted 12/02/2013

    TSW Pax Romana…

    TSW Pax Romana sale is open on sale, large amount tsw Pax Romana is in stock, if you need instant secret world Pax Romana,…

  48. Visitor recommendations…

    […]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[…]……

  49. los angeles seo services posted 12/03/2013

    Title…

    […]usually posts some very fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]…

  50. samsung galaxy ace plus s700 posted 12/03/2013

    Title…

    […]Every once inside a although we choose blogs that we read. Listed beneath would be the most current web pages that we pick […]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c