(Cooking) Slow Cooker Curried Pork Shoulder

Slow cookers are the perfect Friday dinner choice. You can heavily spice a beautiful cut of meat and let it slow cook and roll around in it’s juices. In this case, we take a pork shoulder, dice it up, brown it in the skillet, then slow cook it for five hours. The result is a seriously flavorful tomato curry sauce and perfectly tender pork. I serve it over pasta.

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of much excess fat, then cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon curry powder preferably Madras, or more to taste (see headnote)
  • 1/2 cup no-salt-added beef broth
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato puree
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Use paper towels to pat the pork dry. Working in batches, add to the skillet and cook until the pieces are lightly browned on all sides, transferring them to the (unheated) slow cooker as you go; this will take about 20 minutes total.

Spoon off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet. Add the onion and carrot to the skillet; stir to coat, then cook for about 10 minutes, stirring a few times, until the onion is golden.

Stir in the garlic and curry powder; cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the broth, using a wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Pour this mixture over the pork in the slow cooker.

Stir in the tomato puree and season lightly with salt. Place the lid on the slow-cooker and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or until the pork is tender; about an hour before it is done, taste the pork and adjust the seasoning as needed. I like the curry to be very strong so will often add extra an hour before.

Serve hot.