Well, not exactly dope...

 SO. Damn. Good.

SO. Damn. Good.

But while you're here, can we talk about something, y'all? I’m not sure if Crock-Pots were ever deemed “cool”, but right about now I'm yearning for a simpler time when slow cookers were safe from Twitter slander.  I mean seriously, where did all of this come from? Why are we pretending we can’t make delicious and flavorful meals with the help of slow cookers? Are we disregarding the indisputable truth that the slow cooker is a god-damned American icon? Are we just ignoring the fact that our favorite dish at the cookout probably came from the lined inside of a Crock-Pot? Almost everyone I know has one, and if they don’t, their mama has one, even two (one for home one for special occasions).

Think of a Crock-Pot the way you think of a Dutch Oven: a giant pot with which to cook tough cuts of meat into tender ones. A Crock-Pot has been part of my kitchen for a while now, although I don't get to use it often. I’m not, nor will I ever be, a fan of “dump” recipes. I enjoy the cooking process: measuring, pouring, stirring, chopping, slicing, dicing, sauteing, boiling, monitoring, and tempering until I’ve got a finished product. Just because you made it in a slow cooker it doesn’t mean it can’t be impressive or delicious.

In an effort to intentionally provide you all with more cheap, easy, and healthy recipes, I’ve been thinking of more ways to use my Crock-Pot. In an attempt to make Crock-Pots cool again, I decided to make my friend Shana’s amazing blueberry barbecue sauce and pulled pork for my meal prep this week. I was not disappointed. I don’t think the words “barbecue sauce” can even describe the perfectly sweet smokiness of this sauce, but we’ll call it that anyways. It almost reminded me of a smoky carnitas-style pork and it instantly blew me away. I modified her recipe by adding broth and hella sliced onions to the pot, and made more than enough for meal prep this week!

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Right before they popped.

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Everyone could use a good butt rub, am I right?

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Yeah, dat way.

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This sauce is finga-lickin. No lie.

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I was admittedly a little shocked at the purple, but I can't say I wasn't warned.

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I know you see all that tender meat.

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My deeeeelicious meal prep for the week - pulled pork and garlicky green beans. Win-win.

 

It's amazing what you can make in a Crock-Pot if you get a little creative and disregard what Twitter chefs have to say about your preferred method of cooking. Enjoy!

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