I bought.... a really massive pork shoulder.
In case you can't tell, that's not a small crock-pot. It's a pretty big one, or at least a pretty decent sized one. And thank goodness it just barely fit in there, because it's been 80+ degrees in our area and I didn't want to have the oven on all day long.
The pork roast ended up weighing almost 8 pounds, but it only cost me about $10. At our local Wegmans store, you can buy meat in club packs that have a lower per-pound price, which is almost always how I buy my meat. Strangely enough, the pork shoulder only comes in club packs, so even if I wanted a smaller shoulder, this is all I'd be able to get.
Not that I'm complaining. After 6 hours on high, and then an additional three hours on low, the pork was finally done. And it was beautiful. Pork shoulder, when properly cooked, is what they make pulled pork out of. After you cook it, you can do so much with it. We've had it with low carb bbq sauce, with sauerkraut, in wraps, cold, in soups. It's delicious.
|This is before pulling it.|
And it's easy, too! Just stick the whole roast in a slow cooker, salt and pepper, and add a little (1/2 to 1 cup) broth around the sides. Depending on the size and the power of your crockpot, it should take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. You know it's done when the meat pulls away in delicious strands.