I’ve made a major discovery. Whilst my picky eater teen daughter won’t readily eat pulled pork, she will eat beef pot roast. I’m guessing it must be something to do with the texture and density of the two meats: Pork is slightly stringier with longer fibers while a beef pot roast produces a crumblier meat. Whatever. I’m just happy to have found an easy cook recipe for the Summer.
During the Summer, I love to cook meat in the crock pot (the kitchen stays cool) and I must confess I prefer meats that are cooked this way – rather than slow roasted in the oven. I just think the texture is better overall.
I’m a devotee of meats slow cooked with beer, but since said picky eater is a Celiac, beer is off the menu. (How much longer before she leaves home???) Ginger ale is a perfect substitute for beer. And I go crazy. I use two individual sized bottles in this dish, because I like the warmth and flavor of ginger.
The recipe is equally good for pork or beef: Here’s the marinade for the slow cooker:
2 bottles of ginger ale
3 tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce
Lots and lots of freshly ground salt and pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
Beck’s Devil Dust (I use 1 heaped tbsp)
1 tbsp of honey
Oil to brown meat in frypan
1. Pat your choice and cut of meat dry
2. Assemble all your spices and roll the meat in the spices coating all sides of the meat
3. Heat oil in frypan and brown all sides of the meat to maintain flavor and moistness
4. Put all other ingredients in slow cooker and place meat in slow cooker
5. Set on high for 2 hours
6. Cook on medium for 6-8 hours – depending on the power of your cooker
7. Test the meat with a fork. When it flakes off then you know it’s ready for consumption
We live off tacos throughout the Summer; we consume fish tacos, scallop tacos, beef and pork tacos. This pot roast recipe will last us for 2-3 different meals. You actually don’t need much meat per person if you get creative and load up your tacos with:
- roasted corn
- coleslaw in garlic aioli
- salad greens – we like funky pea shoots!
- beans of all description (my daughter’s favorite is chick peas
The options are endless.