Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Roast
The inspiration for this recipe came from Chef Spike Gjerde in the December 2012 edition of chesapeakehomeandliving.com. I changed very few of the ingredients to make it Paleo. I used my favorite mustard, coconut oil instead of canola, and played with the amounts of each ingredient. The biggest change was the method of cooking. The first time I made this, I had a much larger pork rib roast than the original recipe, so the cooking times were way off and it took FOREVER. The second time I made this recipe, I simply used my slow cooker, and it took all the guesswork out of cooking! I didn’t need to worry about getting the pork to the proper temperature, and certainly didn’t need to monitor the cooking process! I ended up with pork that had bathed in its own juices for ten hours and melted away from the bone.
I served this pork with a side of my Paleo Kale and Mushrooms. I reserved about a tablespoon of drippings from browning the pork roast and used that to sautee the kale and accompanying veggies. I added a little mustard to tie the kale and pork together, and the result was magical! Kale is a healthy and perfect pairing to any entree!
- 1 (4-5 lb) center cut pork loin rib roast
- 1-2 tbs coconut oil or bacon drippings
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup brown mustard (I used Inglehoffer Stone Ground Mustard)
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 small shallot, finely minced
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
- sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- 1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium/med-high heat
- 2. Trim some fat off of the top of pork (if desired), then season with salt and pepper, to taste
- 3. Using tongs, brown the meat on all sides, concentrating the most browning the top layer of fat
- 4. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of pan drippings, then pour the rest into the slow cooker, and set pork on top (bone-side down)
- 5. In a medium bowl add egg yolk, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, shallots, thyme and 1 tsp pan drippings, and whisk until well-incorporated
- 6. Spoon mixture over the top of the pork, and if it drips down the sides, rub it into the sides of the pork
- 7. Cap slow cooker and set on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours
- 8. Enjoy!