As the weather gets warmer, I like to use my crockpot to help keep the kitchen cool. This recipe came about when I had a full day scheduled at work but wanted to have something delicious and easy for dinner… enter my handy-dandy crockpot!
I created a sauce to pour over a large pork loin, using a varying amount of the following ingredients: James River Cellars Montpelier wine (NOTE: This a Cabernet Franc blanc/rose’ wine that smells like strawberries and tastes of cranberries – I love this wine with pork recipes. You could also use Boordy Landmark Dry Rose’ which has the same sort of properties but is a dry wine), hoisin sauce, soy sauce, blackberry jam, garlic, honey, salt and pepper.
I started dinner by slicing a large sweet onion and layered the onion on the bottom of the crock pot. I then laid the pork on top and poured the sauce over everything and set the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours.
Once the pork was completely cooked, I removed it and put it into a bowl to shred, using two forks. The pork is now ready for the addition of a delicious sauce to make it into a yummy dinner for my family.
I ladled the cooking liquid out of the crockpot and warmed it in a small saucepan. As yet, I hadn’t added anything more to the liquid than what I’d poured over the pork earlier in the day. The sauce was too thin for my taste, so I mixed up a slurry of cornstarch and Montpelier wine to thicken the sauce as it cooked a bit. Once the slurry was added to the sauce, it took about 5 minutes to tighten up and become wonderful. NOTE: If you prefer to add some more spices for the pulled pork, this would be a great time – you could add a pinch of Five-spice powder or use more of the original flavors. Have fun and be creative!
After the sauce was thickened, I tossed it with the pulled pork and served it on homemade rolls (only cuz I had them on hand…. I could have easily picked up some rolls at the local grocery store on the way home if needed). This recipe ended up being a huge hit with my family and I hope it will become a favorite of yours as well!