One of the best kitchen gadgets ever invented is the slow cooker.  It has helped me to prepare countless meals with minimal effort it’s almost ridiculous.  It is the perfect tool for primal cooking because it really showcases the quality and flavor of the ingredients.  In this case, the star ingredient is the pork.  When you use a good piece of meat, very little else is required for the flavors to shine through.  If you choose to season it, almost any type will do – dry rubs, herbs, or the stand by salt and pepper.  I used a pork shoulder roast that had a good layer of fat intact and, boy, was that yummy. 

With slow cooking, time is your friend.  And for a busy mom, passive cooking time is the best kind.  Just turn it on and walk away.  Walk towards that pile of laundry, or dirty diaper pail, or the screaming kid on the floor, or the the hungry cat and dog that have been staring you down since the night before.   

Easy Pulled Pork

1 organic, pastured pork shoulder roast, 3 to 4 pounds

3 – 4 tablespoons dry rub mix (I used paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, coconut sugar, salt & pepper)

  1. Start with the roast that has been pat dry.  Rub seasoning mix to coat.
  2. Place roast in slow cooker with the fat on top.
  3. Cook roast on low for at least 8 to 10 hours. 

The resulting dish is tender, juicy, and unctuous with all that sticky, flavorful fat.  The pork creates all the liquid it will cook in and there is enough meat for plenty of meals.  We have had it with grilled veggies for dinner and the leftovers were eaten with some barbeque sauce in pulled pork sandwhiches.  I also add it to eggs and top with salsa for a tasty, filling breakfast.