Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less. Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long. “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking. It’s about surviving. It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt. Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up. Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.
A day in the slow cooker means tender, delicious pulled pork. Combine it with your favorite barbecue sauce and your dinner is done! This also freezes incredibly well so if you make a huge batch you can make a freezer meal out of half of it for another day.
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Boneless pork shoulder roast (The size doesn’t really matter here, buy what is best for your family. Leftovers freeze well so if you make a huge batch it will simply mean a no-cook dinner another night! I just happened to have 1/2 of a 4-lb roast I had halved earlier when I made another recipe that called for a smaller roast.)
- your fave BBQ sauce
- frozen french fries (or another simple side)
1. In the morning put your pork roast in the slow cooker. Put in 1/4 C of water (or just enough to cover the bottom of the stoneware). No more is needed. Set it on low for 9-10 hours.
2. When you get home, throw your french fries in the oven and cook according to package directions. While they are baking, prepare your pork.
3. Remove your pork roast from the slow cooker. It won’t look terribly appetizing yet, I’ll just warn you now.
4. Shred the pork – it should fall apart pretty easily.
5. Stir in barbecue sauce to taste.