Food Glorious Food – Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder Joint

I love tender slow cooker pork and this is the first meal husband decreed as nice (and he is a fussy so and so). Slow cooking pork is so simple to do and it always ends up a delicious melt in the mouth meal. This is a recipe I use for either a midweek special or for a late Sunday dinner.

This recipe started from looking up pork recipes and not having the ingrediants listed so I took the rough idea of a mixture of recipes and added my own ingredients and flavours to it. There are some delicious pork recipes on the BBC Good Food and also on All Recipes.

Ingredients:

♢ 1.5kg Pork Shoulder Joint

♢ 500ML Apple Juice (unsweetened)

♢ 2 Large Apples

♢ 1 Large Rosemary Sprig

Cooking Time – 6 hours plus browning time.

Serves – 6 medium portions (can make 4 larger portions but higher points value)

Weightwatcher Smartpoints per serving – 7sp

1. Heat a griddle pan and sear the edges of the pork joint, depending on size this takes around 10 minutes.

2. Poor the apple juice into the slow cooker.

3. Peel and slice the apples and add to the slow cooker.

4. Add the rosemary broken into small sprigs.

5. Place the pork into the slow cooker and cook for 5-6 hours on high heat (8-10 hours on low). The meat should be tender and pull apart easily when cooked.

I normally serve this with mash potatoes (for extra points) and vegetables, either cabbage or cauliflower with carrot. This dish would equally go with roasted potatoes and vegetables for a Sunday lunch, i would just cook on low heat over night to be ready on time.

The juices in the slow cooker could be made into a gravy by adding a little cornflour to thicken up. I would keep some of the apples by for this to add to the flavour.

As this dish is so tender and has no nasties in it, it is suitable for babies and toddlers. Either blend down or serve pulled apart for little ones to chew. Little Bebe loved this blended with potatoes and carrot and I would add a slice of the apples into the mix, now she is bigger she will happily sit there and pull apart the meat before having a chew.

A great dish for all the family, so get the slow cooker on but be warned your mouths will be watering from the amazing smell emanating from the kitchen!

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