The slow cooker has endured years of household neglect. Cooks tend to reject its untapped glory because of the crockpot's unsophisticated reputation, which is a real shame. Crockpots deserve some respect!
It's time to brush off the dust and spiderwebs from your slow cooker. There are few things simpler than throwing everything into the pot, letting it bubble by itself for hours, and calling it dinner. Here's a recipe for Cuban-style pork shoulder that will make you grateful you never gave your Crockpot the boot.
CUBAN-STYLE PORK SHOULDER
Total time: 20 minutes, plus cooking time (4 hours on high; 8 hours on low) | Serves 8
Note: Serve the pork with black beans and rice. This recipe requires a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
9 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons salt
4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons ground chile pepper
2 dried bay leaves, finely crumbled
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
5 pounds pork shoulder, bone and skin removed and cut into 2-inch cubes
1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth