Friday, January 16, 2009

Sesame Pork Roast - Slow Cooker

Who does not like a good roast? OK, maybe a few of you don't but you must be in the minority opinion :) The flavor and tenderness of this recipe will surely win you over. Enjoy.

This is so simple. A slow cooker (crock pot), the marinating pork Boston butts and the marinade reserve. We're ready to get started.

The Boston Butts in the slow cooker with the remaining marinade poured in. Set the crock pot to High setting for the first hour and then reduce to Low for the remaining 8-9 hours...

The finished pork roast.
This would have looked so yummy had I waited to take the photo after plating with the mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. No such luck. We were busy finishing the gravy and after that we were ready to EAT! :)

Sesame Pork Roast
3 to 4 pound boneless pork roast, trimmed
2 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup cider or white wine vinegar
4 green onions, sliced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
*3 tablespoons cornstarch (or flour)
*1/4 cup cold water

Cut roast in half. Place in Zip Lock bags or glass dish for marinating. In a bowl; combine water, soy sauce, sesame seeds, molasses, vinegar, onions, garlic powder and cayenne. Pour half of the marinade mixture over the roast, reserving other half. Refrigerate roast and the reserved marinade mixture overnight. We marinate for two nights. Place roast in a slow cooker, discarding marinade. Add reserved marinade to slow cooker. (I don't add salt to the recipe due to the saltiness of the Soy Sauce) Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce temperature to low; cook additional 8-9 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast and keep warm.

Gravy/Sauce Mixture:
*Transfer the slow cooker dripping to a saucepan and slowly begin heating to a low simmering boil. In a small bowl or cup, combine 3 tbs cornstarch (we use flour) and 1/4 cup water until smooth (we use drippings instead of water). Slowly add this mixture to the drippings in the sauce pan remembering to stir continuously for approximately 2 minutes. You may end up not adding all the mixture depending on how quick the gravy/sauce thickens. Serve with the roast.
Be careful to not allow the gravy/sauce to become too thick while preparing. If your gravy/sauce comes out lumpy, pour into a blender, pulse until smooth. Works like a charm :)


T n' W said...

You just about read my mind. Today we had Italian Chile, all ingridents poured in the wonderful crock pot. And in the morning it's beef stew, so when we get home from church we can just dig in. It's so cold here this weekend and I just love comfort food! I am most definately trying this pork roast next weekend. It looks yummy!

Catherine said... and Johnny had the same idea at the same time. Maybe a January 'comfort food' thing? Your roast looks and sounds great too! I'm a huge fan of sesame seeds so will need to give this one a try.

Yummy!! Thanks for sharing this with us.

Johnny said...

Will have to give this one a try!

Joannah said...

Wow! That looks and sounds so good. We might have to try this in our Le Creuset.


Kristy said...

Oh my Gosh that looks soooo good and now I am soooo hungry!!!!!

Love, Kristy

Ivy said...

We're having this dish for dinner tonight!

I'll try and take pics too!

Thanks, hmmm I'm already hungry.


Ivy said...

Well, instead of this delicious dish yesterday, we didn't realize it had to marinate, so we are HAVING IT TONIGHT! WOW, THE HOUSE SMELLS SO DELICIOUS, IT'S ONLY 1100AM and I'm hungry!
Thanks for the recipe, my husband goes to work at 430am, so he put it up!
I just have to turn it once:))


PS I'm being forced to watch Sesame St as I email you this.



Snowflowers Mum said...

well, we dont usually eat pork, but this has to be one of the most delicious recipes I have seen in ages...will try!