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Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pork Loin

By Hippos and Hashbrowns

You’ll need:

  • Approximately 3 lb. boneless pork roast (find from Alpha Omega Acres)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper (I like to use Turkish pepper, because it is milder than cayenne. Adjust accordingly. If you use cayenne 1 tsp may be too spicy/hot, depending on your taste.)

Mix all the spices together and rub well into the pork. 

Place the roast in your slow cooker.

Then mix together:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (find from Texas Olive Ranch)
  • 1/3 cup water or chicken broth (find from Chandler Family Farm)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey (stock up on honey from Texas Honeybee Guild)

Pour the liquid over the pork in the slow cooker. 

Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. According to the USDA, pork is considered safe to consume when cooked to an internal temperature of 145F. 

Be safe! Get a good thermometer and learn how to use it. It’s the best way to tell if meat is properly cooked. 

  

Easy BBQ Ribs

By Hippos and Hashbrowns

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  4 hours

Total time:  4 hours 5 mins

Serves: 3 to 4 servings

 

A simple way to enjoy BBQ ribs any day of the week. Simply rub with spices and slow cook until tender. Brush them with sauce and finish with 5 minutes under the broiler. A delicious, foolproof method.

Ingredients

  • 1 rack pork loin back ribs (Chandler Family Farm)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Turkish red pepper or paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ to ½ cup barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the dry spices in a bowl.
  2. Rub spices into meat, coating all sides.
  3. Place meat in slow cooker and cook on low 6 hours, or on medium for 4 hours until ribs are tender. Alternatively, you can wrap in foil and bake in a low oven (325F) for between 2 and 2½ hours.
  4. Remove ribs from slow cooker when a knife inserted between the bones shows them to be tender.
  5. Preheat broiler on your oven and brush the ribs with barbecue sauce on all sides.
  6. Place ribs on a foil lined tray and broil for 5 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don't burn. BBQ sauce has a high sugar content and burns easily.