Monday, March 3, 2014

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pork Roast

Slow cooked pork roast in an incredibly tasty gravy, using Coca-Cola Classic and an envelope of onion soup mix. Great for chicken and beef roasts as well!

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pork Roast

This pork roast uses that same combination of good ole Co'Cola and dry onion soup mix we love on a beef roast, and the same as that beef roast that is so delicious, so is a pork loin done the same way. Yes, we Southerners like to cook with Coke - which of course includes things like 7-up and Dr Pepper and root beer, of course - because we all know that Coke covers all beverage bases in the South.

We also love using onion soup mix and Ranch dressing mix, just like we love using cream soups occasionally to stand in for a cream sauce and Velveeta along with cheddar and other cheeses, because of that ultra creaminess it adds to mac and cheese. Hey, don't you worry, we do plenty of scratch cooking in the South too and we don't eat all that stuff on a daily basis, so we'd really appreciate if the food police would just move along and leave our pantries alone.

So, anyway... there have been some crazy exciting things happening on the home-front here since 2014 showed up. Many of you know I had a big surgery, and yes, the report was good and I'm doing well, except for the fact that you really are supposed to limit yourself and avoid a lot of exertion and heavy lifting and such for a full 3 months, and many of you who happen to be wives and mothers are saying "yeah, right," right along with me, aren't you? I've been obedient to my doctor... well, for the most part, except for the fact that - The Cajun and I are in the process of moving!

We're having some pre-move-in minor construction at the new house, while moving in what we can, so we're sort of living between two households right now. There are so many features of this new-to-me house that I adore, it's away from the Gulf and around the corner from the grandkids, it has a real front porch, a beautiful high covered patio, a huge double lot backyard, a separate laundry and mudroom, and a gigantic walk-in pantry... but the one thing that I am the most excited about is my new kitchen which is about three times the size of my current galley one. Of course, all this means a new mortgage again, and at my age, I am both super excited and terrified, all at the same time!

What does one thing have to do with the other? Well... I'm squeezing in this variation of this recipe for those reasons and also because when I point folks to the beef roast when talking about the pork roast, well, it's just a little confusing. Now I can just point to this one dedicated to pork.

Here's how to make it.




Recipe: Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pork Roast

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 3 hours | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings


Ingredients
  • 1 (2 to 5 pound) pork loin roast
  • 1 envelope of onion soup mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme, crushed
  • 2 cans of Coca Cola Classic
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour and water to make a slurry for thickening
Instructions

Add roast to slow cooker, sprinkle with onion soup mix and thyme; pour coke all around. Cover and cook on LOW for about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size. Remove, and let stand before slicing.

While roast is resting, carefully transfer the hot pan drippings to a skillet. Make a slurry by combing 1/4 cup of flour with just enough water to dissolve it. Mix the slurry completely so that there are no lumps. Whisk into the pan drippings and bring to a boil, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking regularly.

Slice the meat and place on a platter; drizzle gravy on top of the meat and put the remaining gravy in a gravy boat for the table.

Cook's Notes: Do not overcook. A 2 to 5 pound pork loin only needs from 2 to 4 hours on low, depending on the size. Use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature at the earliest time, which should read between 140 to 145 degrees when done. For a homemade substitute for onion soup mix, use 1-1/2 tablespoons of dried onion flakes, 1/2 tablespoon of beef base (like Better than Bouillon) or 1 tablespoon of granular beef bouillon, 1 teaspoon of onion powder and 1/8 teaspoon of some type of seasoned salt (like Lawry's).

Electronic Pressure Cooker: For a 2 to 3 pound roast, prepare as above, securing lid and setting to HIGH pressure. Cook for 40 minutes, let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release. Check roast for tenderness and re-secure the lid, cooking on HIGH for an additional 10 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release. Remove roast and prepare gravy as above, using pressure cooker with the lid off, and if there is a browning setting.

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35 comments:

  1. You stated cornstarch in the ingredients, but said use flour in the directions.

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    1. Thanks LaDonna - it was late when I posted & my eyes were going buggy. Either will work.

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  2. Congratulations on your new house and enjoy your NEW KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And backyard and mudroom and short trip to the grandkids and everything else :)

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    1. I am so very excited about being able to turn around in my kitchen for the first time with another person in there!! The other night we had 3 adults and 3 children in there with room to spare!

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  3. Your roast looks really good Mary.

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  4. So happy for you and the new home!!!! I'd give anything to have a bigger kitchen!!! Mine isn't a galley style, but I think the builder decided at the last moment that the house needed a kitchen and bathrooms. We are looking to buy hopefully in the next 2 years at our ages will be a rough go but it is a dream!!

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    1. This is actually an older home but it's in an established neighborhood that we love, though in our shopping around I have certainly seen some of the newer, prettier homes that barely have a kitchen too. Don't give up Marianne - it took us about a year of "shopping" to find this one, but it had all of the things I wanted!

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  5. I'm sorry you have not been well. I don't know how I missed it and congrats on the new house.

    But how cool is this? I surfed in looking for a "quick" recipe for some pot roast. I see this instead. I usually do everything from scratch, but I just don't have time today. This fits the bill, now I'm off to the butcher to see if she has a nice pig roast. I also loved your intro about the food police. Classic.

    I'll bet this will go great with some rice and your awesome squash casserole recipe: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2009/06/summer-squash-casserole.html

    (still can't log into word press. They say they don't recognise my email addy and when I try to register again with it, they say it's already ion use lol, your fan from Atlanta)

    I'll

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    1. Oh mercy. Gotta love technology right? Can you believe that I was looking at that summer squash casserole just yesterday??! The smaller early squash are in the markets now & I just had a taste for it!

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  6. Glad to hear you're on the mend. I covet big, walk-in pantries...if I ever get one I may just move a cot in and sleep there!

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    1. LOL, I do know what you mean. Our situation was very cramped before, and certainly cramped for somebody who blogs about food. Much of it will be taken up by food prop dishes, but there is actually a built in pantry in the kitchen on both sides of the breakfast nook too, as well as the big walk in that's off the mud room. Needless to say I am so excited!!

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  7. I love that you gave us a pressure cooker version. I love my electric pressure cooker. I'd love it if you shared this at What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Have a great week,
    Linda @ tumbleweedcontessa.com

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    1. Hey Linda! I've made this successfully both ways so I thought I would include it. I'm fairly new to the EPCs but I really do love it too! In fact, I like it better than a crockpot because it's faster!

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  8. Dear Mary, I nominated your blog for the best regional blog on the Saveur Website.

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    1. Oh my goodness Toni, thank you so much! You're a sweetheart for thinking of me. Thanks!!

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  9. I've never made a Coke roast before. Does it taste a lot like Coke? I'm a Dr. Pepper fan myself, but Coach is a Coke drinker. Does the flavor stay strong or cook out? I may have to try it with some wild pork loin/backstrap.

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    1. Hi Noel! Well... I am a Coke drinker so my opinion may be a bit biased, but I don't think that it tastes at all like Coke! Since you aren't a fan, that may not be true to your taste buds however so hard to say. The sugars in the Coke reduce & caramelize as the pork cooks, so it gives that sweet and savory flavor element that we Southerners really love. YMMV

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  10. I love your blog, hope you are feeling much better...A kitchen where 2 to 4 can comfortably cook, bake and enjoy to me is a necessity, our home 36 in September 2014 and on one floor only about 1,300 square feet total, but the kitchen is the largest room..I made sure one floor plan with a tiny baby we moved in, paid it right off, stayed with our only and never regretted it, our only thought it toooo tiny but she lives in NYC and has a kitchen bathroom with tub and another with a shower, windows, she is fortunate, travels all the time but loves the tiny place she has, we laugh a lot about that, cause when she does come home she sleeps a whole week then stays just 2-3 days and off she goes, loves the constant 24/7 365 of NYC and travel..I so love your easy recipes for good tasting food, we don't do pork can I use the coke recipe on a nice tasty piece of beef?????? hope so cause that is what I am gonna do and make some biscuits and nice gravy, and new beans as I call them and some mashed spuds and coleslaw and have a nice dinner for family and friends..Congratulations upon your new home and kitchen and your good and continued good health God's Blessings to you from another person named Mary!

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    1. Oh gosh I can't tell you how excited I am to have a REAL kitchen!!! Tomorrow they knock out a wall to open up two rooms - I pray that they only open the wall!

      You sure can do a beef roast & it is delicious!

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  11. I cannot figure out what I did wrong, followed the recipe exactly. The pork turned out poorly (sort of hard and almost kind of translucent in the middle, very strange, have never seen this before) and the "gravy" was really, really awful - as in, completely inedible and had to be thrown out along with the strange looking center portion of the pork piece. I use my slow cooker quite frequently and am an experienced cook of many decades of family cooking. The only thing I can think of was the onion soup mix was bad or maybe somehow the Coca Cola I purchased wasn't quite right (and I'm not a soda drinker, not ever, but I did buy the Coca Cola labeled "classic). I'm stumped. Have cooked many of your wonderful recipes with stellar results - this time, not so much. Any ideas, anyone?

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    1. I'm stumped too - was the pork roast old or bad? Sure sounds it. Or, was it cooked from thawed or frozen? I use a thawed roast in the slow cooker. Gosh I hate that it didn't work out - sure sounds very odd! That's the only thing I can think of. Made this many times and we love the gravy! I have had a reader who didn't care for it due to the sweetness from the caramelization of the Coke, but nothing like this.

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    2. I should also add that this isn't something I wrote - the Coke with onion soup mix roast has actually been around a long time - so I'm leaning toward you had to have had a bad roast.

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    3. Actually had purchased the pork roast the day previously and it was well under shelf date (no bad odor either). Fresh not frozen or previously frozen (and fresh as in not thawed from previous freezing). I went ahead and tossed out the remaining envelope of the pair in the onion soup box. Still stumped to this day. It may have been the Coca Cola that I bought because the "gravy" definitely was not sweet at all. There was an awful chemical-like taste to the liquid. No sweetness which I would have expected from the soda. I don't fault the recipe I'm just thinking either the onion soup mix was bad or the soda was bad somehow!

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    4. Gosh, that is a mystery then! I was sure it had to be a bad pork roast. I have used both Lipton and Great Value onion soup mix so I can't attest to other brands but I still hate the recipe went south on you! I've certainly had that happen before & it's aggravating to lose the time and money when a recipe fails.

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    5. Hey there Mary, got a 4 or so pound shoulder thawin this evening for sunday dinner, would you think I'd be safe following this recipe for a pork shoulder???

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    6. Hi Jeff! Sorry I didn't get to your message in time. I'm in the process of moving so I'm behind on comments and such. If you like the flavor of this roast, you can use just about any cut really. The only problem with butts and shoulders is that those are the roasts that are typically used for pulled pork, and loin is much more kind to slicing. If you want a sliceable roast from that cut, you'll need to be cautious with your timing to keep it from reaching the shredding stage. I do a 6 pound butt for about 7 to 8 hours on high, 9 to 10 on low in my slow cooker. It still doesn't slice like a pork loin but it's not quite shredded either.

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  12. I am diabetic. Would diet coke work?

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    1. I can't personally attest to it because I have always used classic Coke when making the savory recipes that use it, but I know that some people do use diet drinks when making these recipes using colas, so it must work okay!

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  13. Lynn Robinson ThompsonApril 29, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I just joined Pintrest and found your site. I am impressed with everything I see and want to try everything. I am definitely recommending it to my Pintrest friends and other friends. Thinks!

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    1. Hi Lynn & welcome to the Deep South Dish family! I really appreciate your recommendation to your friends and family - thanks so much!

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  14. Just finished making this. We don't drink Coke, but Dr. Pepper, so I used that, following the pressure cooker instructions. Mine isn't electronic, but I brought it to 15 pounds of pressure (that's what my weight is for) and checked it at 20 minutes. It wasn't quite done, so I brought is back up to pressure for another 5, then let it pressure down on it's own. It was perfect then. After thickening the pan juices, I tried a bit. Yummy! It doesn't taste like Dr. Pepper at all, just a slightly sweet taste to it. I'm serving it with mashed potatoes and steamed vegies, with homemade bread. Thanks for sharing a great recipe I can either put in the crockpot or if short on time, pressure cook. I can see this on our table a lot!

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    1. Yum, what a meal! And homemade bread ... my weakness!! Thanks so much for sharing your pressure cooker instructions. I only have experience with the electronic ones, though I do have to say I've really enjoyed learning to use one. I've already made chicken noodle soup three times in my PC this fall even though the weather hasn't been agreement!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the roast and thank you so much for stopping back by to let me know & share your stovetop PC changes. I really appreciate that!

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  15. I'd love to see pics of your new house or at least your new kitchen ! We are moving too in about 3 weeks and like you I am excited and terrified too !

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    1. Aw, thanks! After digging around in the garage again today, I do wonder if I'll ever get fully moved in. We were at the old house more than 20 years, can you imagine?! Congratulations on your new home & your move. The terror will settle lol!

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