Beer Braised Pork Ragu
We are on the homestretch of our #TomatoLove Recipe exchange with IJM and Recipe for Change! This week we are talking favorites and slow cookers. And you’ll have your chance to share your absolute favorite tomato recipe with us, or one that uses a slow cooker, for a chance to win a new 6-quart slow cooker from Hamilton Beach!
I am a fan, though, of beer. Local beer, that is. Boulevard Pale Ale to be exact. This is a pretty common staple in our fridge and even more than I love to drink it, I love to put it in my food.
I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods but in Kansas City we have had an amazing break from the heat. This break makes for brisk mornings and breezy evenings. These making me crave fall. Fall means hoodies, house slippers, football, hot tea, and slow cookers. And I couldn’t think of anything better to put in my new Hamilton Beach slow cooker than beer and a pork butt. I have always been a fan of pulled pork, as in BBQ pulled pork.
I’ve never been fantastic at cooking pork. Usually Paul will take it on by smoking a tenderloin or grilling chops. I decided, though, with some Pale Ale in hand, that I could tackle it. And surprisingly, it turned out smoky, spicy and full of flavor. At the last minute, I decided to add some chipotle peppers and they were the perfect addition and contrast to the sweet tomatoes and onions.
With some potatoes added, this could almost be served as a soup, or over pasta, but I loved the way the rice leveled out the spice of the braised pork ragu sauce.
There is still time for you to take action with IJM’s Recipe for Change! You can ask your favorite supermarkets to stock slave-free tomatoes by signing the Fair Food Pledge. I have been blown away with the support that Ali and I have received from this community for this cause. It’s so important to educate others on how we can make a difference – not just this summer – but all the time. So get your beer braised pork ragu going in your slow cooker, and then visit IJM’s Resource page to learn more, and get involved!
Hamilton Beach is giving away a Set and Forget 6-quart Cooker! Before I received this slow cooker, I had one that I had received in college, it had two settings and a lid that didn’t fit very well. This one is majorly different – with a digital display that can be programmed by time/heat level, or by using the temperature probe. The probe displays the temperature as the meat cooks. The lid has clips on both sides to ensure there is no spilling involved. The slow cooker heated up very quickly and cooked my pork butt extremely evenly. The crock is removable which makes clean up super simple!
Beer Braised Pork Ragu
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4-6 hours
Total Time: 4-6 hours
Slow cooker recipe for beer-braised pork ragu. Pork butt is braised in a broth of beer and stock surrounded by chipotle peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes.
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 pound pearl tomatoes, quartered
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (3-4 peppers)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. olive oil
2-3 pound pork butt, excess fat trimmed, at room temperature for 30 minutes
Salt & pepper
12 ounces beer
1 cup ounces chicken stock
1 Tbs. tomato paste
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 cups Jasmine rice
In the crock of a 6-quart slow cooker, evenly place the onions, tomatoes, garlic, chipotle peppers, peppercorns, thyme, oregano, paprika and salt.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Season the pork with salt and pepper and sear on each side, about 3-4 minutes.
Place the pork inside the slow cooker. Pour in the beer, chicken stock, soy sauce and tomato paste. Nestle the pork down into the liquid. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place the shredded pork back in to the slow cooker. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in the cilantro. Reduce the temperature to low and keep warm.
Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions. Serve the cooked pork over the rice.
Feel free to add any extra veggies that you have on hand.
Also, you don't have to trim the fat from the pork, I just prefer to do it that way.
If the broth is too spicy for you, add a couple of teaspoons of sugar to level out the heat.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Cindy who shared Shrimp Creole!
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