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fall means roast in the crock pot to me…you?

It’s rare I go to the grocery store and purchase a several pound piece of meat (i.e. beef, pork, whole chicken, etc.) — it intimidates me. And call me crazy, but I’ve never been a huge fan of touching raw meat…it kinda takes away from my enjoying the final product. But, I like meat and sometimes that means buying and handling large hunks of meat. And I don’t know about you, but something about fall makes me want a roast in the crock pot all day long getting nice and tender. Which lead me to this recipe, and it did not disappoint!

Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast from Cooking Light

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 Tbsp ketchup
3 Tbsp honey
2 tsp bottled minced garlic
2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp dark sesame oil
1/2 tsp five-spice powder
2  pounds boneless Boston butt pork roast, trimmed
1/2 cup  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth


Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.

Place pork and marinade in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.

Remove pork from slow cooker using a slotted spoon; place on a cutting board or work surface. Cover with aluminum foil; keep warm.

Add broth to sauce in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Shred pork with 2 forks; serve with sauce. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 1/4 cup sauce).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 227 calories; 73 mg. cholesterol; 561 mg. sodium; 9.5 g. fat; 12.7 g. carbohydrate; 0.4 g. fiber; 21.6 g. protein

Result: This recipe was easy and delicious! The recipe called for 8 hours of  cooking on low, but I was gone at least 12 hours today and the roast was just fine. It literally FELL apart, no shredding required. I struggled with what to serve with the pork and I landed on fresh bread and an arugula salad…a very simple, flavorful, and easy fall meal. 😀 Mr. P really liked this recipe, too. He compared it to BBQ pulled pork (silly man…) and proceeded to slather about 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce on his meat, but whatever. I found it to be juicy and PLENTY moist and flavorful. Mr. P tends to ruin any flavor with condiments, but I try to refrain from stopping him! I am just glad it wasn’t buffalo wing sauce *eye roll*


Thank you for all of your kind words about my migraine. I forgot to mention how I called the Walgreens pharmacist MY HERO as he handed over my migraine medicine. Ends up, I didn’t have a script to refill and he found an “emergency dose script” in an old order (???). I’ve never heard of this before, but I wasn’t going to questing anything with that debilitating migraine…it was everything in me not to beg, plead, and cry for the meds. And if I’m being truthful, there were tears…it was THAT bad. BUT, alas, I was a new woman yesterday morning…and I feel great! For anyone who suffers from migraines, you all the empathy in the world coming from me!

My first upper body strength workout went well…but slightly torturous, not going to lie. It was tough, but in a good way. I hope I can keep it up! And in response to a few emails, I am still candy-free!  Thanks for keeping me motivated, folks! 😀

Question: What was your best ever Halloween costume?

I think mine was as a bee in college. I remember “stinging” quite a few young men and having a lot of fun!

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for some information on my private practice nutrition company! We got some exciting news today and I’m anxious to share…just waiting for our website to launch and then I’ll spill all!! 😀

Have a spoooky day,

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  1. October 21, 2010 / 8:09 am

    Oh, can’t wait to hear the big news!

    Glad you’re feeling better today. I always feel kind of hung over after a migraine. And I’m with you on the meat. Touching raw meat grosses me out, which is why I don’t eat a lot of it. If someone else is cooking it, I’m fine.

  2. October 21, 2010 / 8:13 am

    I’m the same way- I get nervous when I’m attempting anything bigger than the size of a chicken breast… lol My mom attempts to teach me how to make a turkey every year. Fail…

    My favorite costume in college was when I dressed up as Eve (as in Adam and Eve, not the rapper). I made it myself and even sewed ivy borders around the skirt, made ivy vines that wrapped around my heels and legs, and my hair was a curly mess with flowers and leaves stuck in it. I will never spend that much time on a costume again!!! ha ha

  3. October 21, 2010 / 8:15 am

    I can’t wait for it to cool off here a little bit more so I can make a roast… and beef stew. Yum!

  4. October 21, 2010 / 8:33 am

    New workouts are tough. The first few days you feel so sore, but I’m sure it will be better next week.

    I can’t wait to hear all about your new practice! How exciting!

  5. October 21, 2010 / 8:40 am

    The roast looks amazing!

    Glad things are going well and you have some exciting news! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. October 21, 2010 / 8:43 am

    I looooove using the slow cooker–I always look forward to
    hearty roasts with crusty bread in the fall and winter. I like
    to add in fennel, apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, and parnsnips
    with a roast–heavenly combo!

  7. October 21, 2010 / 8:45 am

    I need to use my crockpot more! It is a kitchen tool I forget about.

  8. October 21, 2010 / 9:05 am

    I love when meals sit in the crock pot all day. It really brings out all the flavor. Glad your migraine is better! What a relief!

  9. October 21, 2010 / 9:07 am

    Glad you are feeling better! Can’t wait to hear about your company. And I might just have an epic costume this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 21, 2010 / 8:33 pm

      PS – I gave you a blog award!

  10. October 21, 2010 / 9:07 am

    I’m all about the crock pot right now! I’m going to have to try that recipe out!

  11. October 21, 2010 / 9:15 am

    That looks delicious! I have a crock pot question — I got a crock pot as a gift, but its one of those large ones vs the half size. Which size do you use? I have not really had any success with anything I’ve made. Everything comes out pretty bland. Suggestions?!

  12. October 21, 2010 / 9:27 am

    For whatever reason I too am intimidated by large pieces of meat, but I love a good roast in the cooler seasons!

    Thank goodness you got those meds!

  13. KG
    October 21, 2010 / 9:39 am

    Thanks for visiting your local Walgreens ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. October 21, 2010 / 9:44 am

    The recipe sounds awesome! Since my kitchen is being redone…it looks like I will be using a crock pot a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ I will definitely be trying this recipe.
    ~Jill (Erica’s Aunt)

  15. October 21, 2010 / 10:04 am

    Good girl going candy free-I eat none & my world is so much brighter, so is my skin for that matter! Sorry to read about your migraine, those suck big time.
    As far as slow cooking big hunks of protein I should but don’t – this Pork Roast looks awesome!

  16. October 21, 2010 / 10:27 am

    I bet my husband would like this – he loves pulled pork!

    I love using the crock pot – especially in the fall and winter. Nothing like coming home to a hot meal!

  17. October 21, 2010 / 11:18 am

    Crock pot pulled pork usalways delicious! I cooked a whole chicken in my crockpot yesterday and it too was fall off the bone tender.

  18. October 21, 2010 / 1:23 pm

    Can’t wait for the news! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I made north carolina pulled pork – no bbq sauce because its a vinegar based pork. I gave it to my husband, who immediately went to the fridge and pour bbq sauce all over it – no!!!

    Best costume wasn’t for me, it was for my daughter – when she was three I found battery operated lights and tiny wooden ornaments. I used a plastic tomato steaker and sewed green felt to it – Hannah was a Christmas tree – the battery packs tucked in her jeans pockets – and I found a head band that had a star that lighted up – complete by accident! It was so fun when it was dark outside and she literally was lit up like a Christmas tree!

  19. October 21, 2010 / 2:15 pm

    YES! fall means crockpot stews and comforting warm meals to me too <3 nothing like letting it simmer all day and coming home in the crisp cool afternoon to a home that smells of pork roast *drool*

    hmm best halloween costume was when i made two "mouse costumes" for me and my best friend @ 16. i was taking textiles/sewing class and i decided to make the costumes. they turned out so cute! i wish i had taken a picture back then just to remember that night ๐Ÿ˜›

  20. October 21, 2010 / 2:19 pm

    I suffer from migraines too so I feel your pain. sometimes I just want to stay home and hide under the covers…

    I can’t wait to here more about your nutrition company

  21. October 21, 2010 / 4:39 pm

    That looks great! Good to hear that it can stay in the crock pot for more than 8 hours. Since I work 10 hour days, that is a must.
    I love the idea of having dinner ready to go when you get home.

  22. October 21, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    wana hear something sad? I have YET to use my crockpot!! AHH i must get on that!!

  23. October 21, 2010 / 8:35 pm

    That is one of my favorites from CL, such a keeper! I love how easy it is and it makes a butt-load. Glad you are feeling better, those are no fun, ick. Wishing you the best with your private practice! that’s so neat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. October 25, 2010 / 8:29 am

    Yum – the crock pot is my favorite way to cook a roast. Glad to hear the pharmacist was so helpful and that you’re feeling better! And you’re inspiring me to actually start weight training. I’ve been working on cardio lately and have avoided the weights.

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