This dish is kind of like Disneyland for both the OCD list makers who obsessively plan meals weeks ahead of time, and for those of us (eh-hem, I’m using the collective “us” so I don’t feel so alone) who somehow make their way to the grocery store before 1 p.m. to find a fresh, juicy Boston Butt ready to roast. By the way, who came up with the name Boston Butt? I feel a little like Beavis whenever I say, “Boston Butt, hee-hee, hee-hee.” Smudge loves saying it. That’s weird. She’s eight years old. Maybe the pork-parts-namers were marketing to adults who act like 8 year old juveniles?
But I digress. This recipe is all about the low and slow and there’s not many better ways to cook it low and slow than a slllllllow cooker. Ahh, another Beavis moment, but I’ll let that one go.
You know how there are some of those crock-pot recipes where you have to brown the meat prior to cooking it, and then adding it into the pot and having to go through all of the extra steps? Sometimes I think that’s just counter-crock-pot-cooking. You won’t find that in this here recipe.
Just pop the butt into the pot, toss in some onions and flavorings, cover with a lid and ba-boom, dinner is ready to roll in 5-8 hours. Once it’s all cooked up and oh so tender falling apart because it’s from the marbled ButtI like to add in some hominy, carrots, fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime. Everything tastes better with a fresh squeeze of lime and serve it up with tortillas. You know, the Mexican way.
I started out this post with every intention of creating a recipe round-up to share some of my favorite pork in the crock-pot recipes. But I soon realized I was reinventing the wheel. And who really wants to do that when there’s already a fab resource that I visit for all things crock-pot where you better double up and scoot on over to do so.
If you don’t know Kalyn for her uber popular South Beach Diet-inspired blog Kalyn’s Kitchen, you should get to know her for her new blog, Slow Cooker from Scratch, where she showcases bloggers and their crock-pot recipes, sweet to savory and every Boston Butt in between.