Monday, February 28, 2011

SWEET & SOUR PORK RECIPE

There are three reasons to try this great recipe. First, this recipe is made in the slow cooker, so it's super easy. Secondly, this recipe is very cheap to make and thirdly, it gets rave reviews whenever I make it. What more can you ask for? Oh yes, I forgot...
the finished meal freezes VERY well if you have leftovers.


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You should know that I am not a big sweet and sour fan, but I love this recipe. It is extremely moist and just the right amount of sweet to sour ratio.

 Walmart sells a small vacuum packed 2 pound pork roast that is perfect for this recipe. The package says "pork loin rib eye pork roast" and even here in Alaska, it's only $4.50!!
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2-3 pound lean pork roast
1 cup granulated sugar (seems like a lot, but it mellows out)
1/2 cup white vinegar
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons ketchup
20 ounce can crushed pineapple (drained)
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Brown the pork roast on all sides and put it in your slow cooker. Mix everything else and bring it to a boil, then pour it over the meat.
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Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until very tender (spoon the sauce over the meat every once in a while).
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That's it...super easy!! At the very end of the cooking time, I thickened the sauce a little with a slurry of cornstarch and water (right in the crockpot). To serve, slice the meat and spoon a little of the sauce over it; it's great with rice.

Now this last suggestion is not for everyone, but my picky-picky hubby absolutely loves it. On day two, I pull this pork apart and mix it with a little of the sauce (make sure you include some pineapple out of the sauce). While its still cold, I roll it into a large burrito size tortilla (folding in all the ends) and then I brown the whole sandwich in a little butter until its piping hot. Hubby is extremely UNdemostrative when it comes to food, but he ooohhh'd and ahhhhhh'd about this sandwich until the last bite.


NOTE: Sorry about these photographs. This is one of those recipes that, no matter how hard to try to get a good photo, it just doesn't work. You'll just have to trust me that it is delicious.

45 comments:

  1. I'm sold on this recipe!! Looks so delicious!!! Can't beat that price either:)

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  2. Nice causes :D...
    And the pic makes it even more attractive :)

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  3. Yummy!! Lovely and cool its recipe. Fantastic your idea for food and nice details shared in recently post . i just try make this food .!!

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  4. I have a fourth reason: It turns great in photos....
    I'm sold also like Holly...

    Great!

    Kisses,
    Rita

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  5. Fine reasons and excellent recipe

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  6. Coleen, I love this recipe, so easy and sounds delish. But even more, I love the sandwich. Tortillas taste so much better when they are browned a bit.

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  7. I usually do my pork roasts in the oven, but I'm surely going to try them in the crock pot. Sweet and Sour, what's not to love with that sauce. Thanks.

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  8. Oooo my! This looks terrific! My hubby will love it!!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  9. Hi,
    First time in your blog and the first recipe take my heart way look so delicious!
    I love your occupation that's the lovely job may be all of we will love once in this lifetime to enjoy!
    God Bless
    Sutapa

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  10. I think you did a great job on the photos because my mouth is watering. Thanks for the Wal-mart tip - I'll be trying this recipe soon. :o)

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  11. I believe you. I have a whole section of recipes that don't photograph well. I'm glad you posted anyway. It is a delicious sounding recipe. I'm going to give it a try. Blessings...Mary

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  12. This looks great, so moist and yummy.
    A good recipe for a week night dinner.
    TFS

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  13. Oh very sweet and tasty food I like this food I say thanks for the nice idea and instruction I love more than.

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  14. tasty recipe I really like this food. I will taste it then i will try to my home kitchen.
    thanks for the nice post.

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  15. I made this weekend - and we ate for two nights (with company enjoying the second - ha ha --) It IS that good. Your recipes never fail me.

    Thank you SOOO much!

    eko

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  16. this is a very Nice presentation! Thanks.

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  17. I think you did a great job on the photos because my mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing

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  18. I'm allergic to pineapple - any suggestions for a substitute?

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  19. To Anonymous: I believe a cooking apple would be very good in the recipe as well.

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  20. I love this recipe. I have made it several different times for my family because its very kid friendly. I made it tonight with Pork butt shoulder roast and pinapple chunks. Its amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Is it white or brown sugar that you use?

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  22. I salted and peppered the pork, and coated it in a light layer of flour prior to browning, I feel it captured the moisture and flavour better, also used a 50:50 splenda:white sugar mix and it tasted great. Good recipe!

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  23. Looks delicious and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe

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  24. Would pork ribs work the same?

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  25. Would this be good on slider buns?
    If so would it need any sauce on the side?

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  26. To Leanne: this would be excellent on slider buns, especially if you used those small Hawaiian slider buns. As for an extra sauce, all you need to do is thicken the sauce that is already in the crockpot (after you take out the meat. Then put the meat back in the thickened sauce.

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  27. I followed your recipe and it turned out great! The pork absorbed the flavor of the sauce very nicely. I did manage to overcook the pork and it dried out. While the sauce is thin ( you did point out how to rectify this) I put it on top of Basmati Rice and never looked back. Two Thumbs Up!!!Its too bad I have found your recipe (picture and all)on other websites without giving you proper credit.

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  28. I made this recipe for dinner tonight! It was delicious!! I had all the ingredients on hand - used pineapple tidbits. Thanks for posting. I will check out some of your other recipes.

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  29. I'm going to try this today! Sounds delicious...I'm going to have to substitute brown vinegar for white though as I am out of that, but it should be fine. Pictures look great!

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  30. Sounds super easy. Can't wait to try it. I wonder if it would work the same for pork (or beef) cut up into medium cubes?

    P.S: Don't apologize for those photos, they actually made my mouth water!

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  31. Oops! I forgot to drain the pineapple! :( I hope it turns out. Has anyone made this mistake before?

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  32. Your sauce will probably be a little thin when its ready to serve. You can always thicken it a little like you would a gravy. Another option would be to prop the lid on the slowcooker open a little for the last 2 hours of cooking.

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  33. Thank you for this recipe. I made it tonight using country-style pork ribs (They were taking up space in the freezer.) and it was terrific. I think there's only one left. Definitely a hit.

    And as for the photos: crock pot meals seldom look anywhere near as good as they taste. Thanks again!

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  34. I just tried this recipe, and we loved it. We did the leftovers in the tortilla like you suggest, and that was really great. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Hi,
    I made your recipe last night and it was a hit!! I used country style pork ribs and added a little more than a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes for a little heat. Thanks so much!

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  36. My husband hates pork. Could this be made with chicken?

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  37. To Anonymous 4/6/2016: I've never made this with chicken myself. If you try it, I would probably suggest that you stick with dark meat and adjust the cooking time.

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  38. To use this as a freezer meal, would I just put all ingredients in the bag and freeze it? Then when I take it out just dump everything in the slow cooker?

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  39. To Anonymous 8/24/16: I have no clue, I've never tried it that way.
    Sorry, Coleen's Recipes.

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  40. Thanks for such a nice, simple recipe. We made it tonight for supper and everyone enjoyed it. Inexpensive too; an almost 2.5lb roast from Wegmans was around $5 or so.

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  41. It says to cook on low for 4-6 hours. Would it hurt anything if I cooked it on low for 8-9 hours?

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  42. To Deana: I would not recommend cooking it 8-9 hours. The meat would turn to mush.

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