Showing posts with label crock pot barbecue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crock pot barbecue. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gone to the Dogs -- Crock Pot Barbecue

I home cook for my dogs. It's true. Now, before you write me off as a nut, there's a good reason that I cook for them. One of my dogs is allergic to grain. For a long time we visited the vet so often that they installed a revolving door for us. Then came a night when I thought poor Han had been poisoned and made a midnight dash to the doggie ER. Turned out his allergy was at the root of all the problems. The first thing the holistic vet said was -- take him off all commercial foods. Since then, some grain-free kibble has come on the market, but we're managing very well on home cooking, so I'm not inclined to rock the boat at this point.

Turns out cooking for dogs isn't all that difficult. They're omnivores like people (as opposed to cats who are carnivores), and with a few exceptions (chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, and anything containing xylitol) dogs can eat almost anything we can eat. Who knew?

My dogs eat barley, lentils, Swiss chard, green beans, spinach, bok choy, raspberries, watermelon, apples, cucumbers, carrots, sweet potatoes -- and their latest favorite -- Asian pears. That's Queenie helping herself to raspberries right off the bush! Believe it or not, my diet has improved since I started cooking for them.


Consequently, I'm always on the lookout for meat that's on sale. One local store often offers pork sirloin roast at bargain prices. It's actually a nice looking chunk of meat. I checked out some recipes for it, and it appeared that most people roast it in the oven. That has been successful for me exactly once. I think it's just a cut that likes low, slow cooking. So I usually throw it into the crock pot with some diced tomatoes for the dogs. It always looks and smells fabulous when it's done. So tender that it just shreds apart.

Like Julie, I decided some experimentation was in order. Could I make barbecue in the crock pot? I used a boneless pork sirloin roast, and for good measure, added some Texas style ribs (no bones). I tossed in barbecue type ingredients and let it cook for eight hours.

Now, it didn't taste exactly like barbecue joint barbecue. Elizabeth's Lulu Taylor would be aghast. For starters, I didn't use any smoke in a bottle, and that smokiness was missing. And I think I liked it better the second day. But here's the thing -- it tasted exactly like ready made barbecue that I have bought in snazzy stores! It would make nice Sloppy Joes for kids, and to be honest, I'm going to be making this more often for myself because it's way cheaper than the store bought version and every bit as tasty.


Crock Pot Barbecue
(for people, but dog dinner inspired)


3 pounds pork (sirloin roast)
1 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1-2 tablespoons honey
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup diced onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 teaspoon celery seeds

Place all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low setting for eight hours. Shred meat with two forks.


Enjoy!