Monday, March 3, 2014

Slow Cooker Cola Pork Roast

Slow cooked pork roast in an incredibly tasty gravy, using a classic cola soft drink and an envelope of onion soup mix. Great for chicken and beef roasts as well!
Slow cooked pork roast in an incredibly tasty gravy, using a classic cola soft drink and an envelope of onion soup mix. Great for chicken and beef roasts as well!

Slow Cooker Cola Pork Roast

This pork roast uses that same combination of good ole cola soft drink 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 cola - which of course includes things like 7-up and Dr Pepper and root beer, of course - because we all know that the word cola 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 Cola Pork Roast

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

  • 1 (2 to 5 pound) pork loin roast
  • 1 envelope of onion soup mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme, crushed
  • 2 cans cola style soft drink
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour and water to make a slurry for thickening

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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