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A Modern Take on Pork and Beans
by whoorl
September 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I don't know about you, but when I hear the term "pork and beans", I immediately think of a gelatinous blob of beans plopping out of a tin can. Not the most appetizing of thoughts, right? Well, trust me when I tell you that this slow cooker meal will forever change the way you view the dish.

This meal is one of those fantastic slow cooker recipes that will make your kitchen smell fantastic for the entire day. Aside from a moderate amount of chopping and prep work up front, the dish cooks itself to perfection while you take on the rest of your day.

Did I mention my kids LOVE IT? Yeah, my vegetable-despising 5-year-old seems to completely forget about his veggie aversion when this stew is sitting in front of him - he practically licks it up before asking for seconds. Not to mention that the slow-cooked pork is so tender that we just tear up pieces for my 1-year-old, alongside the beans and carrots.

Slow Cooker Pork and Beans

2 bacon slices
2 pounds pork ribeye roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 15-ounce cans great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 white onion, cut into small chunks
2 carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch chunks
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes

[1] Cook the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Remove the cooked bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. In a small bowl, mix the salt, paprika, brown sugar, chile powder and cumin. Rub the spice mixture on the pork and brown the pork in the bacon fat and transfer the pork to a slow cooker. Add the beans and bacon and toss to combine.

[2] Add the onion, carrots and celery to the skillet and sauté for 4 minutes, stirring often, adding any extra spice rub you have. Add the flour.

[3] Add the chicken broth and simmer until slightly thickened, stirring often. Stir in the barbecue sauce and tomatoes and pour into the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Delicious and perfect for leftovers.

What is your very favorite slow cooker recipe? I'm always on the lookout for the next best thing!


  • sarahjz
    by sarahjz
    September 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    These sound very good, I'm going to try them. Thanks for the recipe. Our favorite thing to cook in the crock pot is roast.
  • elasmimi
    September 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I wish I had read this yesterday, got to try it! We did a pork tenderloin (well, actually 2 small ones) on the grill, and today I'm going to shred the other and cook it with bbq sauce in the slow cooker.

  • elasmimi
    September 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    My favorite crock pot recipe is actually angel chicken which I found in a group on cafemom, but I always have to read the recipe. The easiest one I use is simple stew meat, Liptons dry onion soup mix, large can cream of mushroom soup, and a can of mushrooms, or pkg of fresh. Cook on low for about 6 hours, then stir in small container of sour cream and cook for another 30-40 minutes. Serve over noodles or rice.

  • Madelaine
    September 16, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Sounds good!

  • KamiB79
    by KamiB79
    September 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM
    We aren't big on pork and beans. Our favorite crock pot recipe is pepper steak.
  • Jerichos_Mommy
    September 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    sounds good


  • Charizma77
    September 17, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    sounds yummy

  • Kmakksmom
    September 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM
    I'm sure my husband would love your recipe. My favorite crock pot recipe is Beef Stew. Yum!
  • Madelaine
    September 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Will make this tonight!

  • hayliedlr
    September 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

     that sounds yummy.  I'll have to try it

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