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, 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.

By the way, for the record, I do not generally cook with "diet" colas, so I cannot attest to their use in any recipe that calls for a classic or regular soft drink.

The general purpose of using a cola type of beverage in a recipe like this one, is to utilize the syrupy, sugary, caramelization and flavor that comes from a regular cola, though I do recall cakes - that aren't looking for that same type of result - being made with diet sodas somewhere along the line.

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 kitchen.

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 moving 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 to everyone, and now I can just point to this one dedicated to pork.

Here's how to make it.

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