Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs
Recently a friend gave me her 3qt slow cooker (apparently she never used it - I don't know why since I've become a bit obsessed LOL) and I've been experimenting with a bunch of different ideas. This one turned out particularly well. A nice sweet and (a little) spicy dish that's easy to prepare the night before to pop in the slow cooker on the way out in the morning.
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup molasses
- 1⁄4 cup light soy sauce
- 1⁄4 cup sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons dried powdered ginger
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoky paprika
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lb boneless pork loin, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 (398 ml) can pineapple chunks in juice, undrained
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 large green pepper, chopped into big chunks
- 1 large red pepper, chopped into big chunks
- 1⁄2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup peanuts, chopped
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- In your slow cooker mix together all of the sauce ingredients.
- On the stove brown the pork cubes to seal in the juices.
- Add pork to slow cooker and mix well with the sauce.
- Take 1/4c of the juice from your pineapple (save the rest of the juice) and mix it in a bowl with the corn starch. Pour this over the pork/sauce mixture and stir until well combined.
- Top with chunks of pineapple, peppers, onion and peanuts. I don't mix it together, just let it rest on top of the pork (this will help keep the veg from getting too soggy and breaking apart). If you would rather mix it I'm sure that would work but everything will most likely break up during cooking.
- Pour remaining pineapple juice over everything.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 5 hours (make sure pork is cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Serve over white rice.
- NOTE: You can prepare this the night before and leave it in the removable part of of your slow cooker in the fridge overnight. Just put it on in the morning to have ready for dinner.
We do love pork dishes on our table, & this one is so easy to prepare! Loved the pineapple in it, too! Served it with a rather plain side of brown rice, but the flavors from the slow cooker blended in nicely! A great new way for me to serve up this meat! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this fall's round of Pick A Chef]