Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork – Our friends at All-Clad in conjunction with the Today Food Club sent us a brand new, nifty slow cooker.  This one is serious.  A shiny stainless steel, 7 quart beauty that was begging to be broken in.  For its maiden voyage, I created a Sweet & Sour Pork recipe that was nearly perfect straight out of the gate, but after three tests, I can confirm that this recipe will be a hit on your dinner table.  Granted, Blaise wouldn’t eat it in this video, but he finally took a bite in the outtakes and happily gobbled down a few more bites as I put away the cameras.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork

Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2lb boneless pork sirloin roast
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • ½ fresh pineapple chopped
  • 4 ounces water
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Cut the pork roast into 2 inch cubes and toss with flour.
  2. Sear the pork cubes in a skillet over high heat in 1 tbsp oil just to get some browning on the outside of each.
  3. Add the pork and all other ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours. *If you prefer your peppers less soft, wait to add them until the last hour of cooking.

NOTES

The video shows her using potatoes but the recipe does not. I have never used potatoes in this dish regardless of the recipe I used. If you need to thicken the sauce, then just mix up a flour or Xanthan gum slurry and stir it in and let the sauce continue to cook for around 10 minutes until it is thickened.

This recipe has a good number of possible substitutions, depending on what you keep on hand in your own pantry.  Some include:

  • Chicken for pork
  • Canned pineapple (drained) instead of fresh
  • Ketchup for tomato paste (though reduce the brown sugar to 1/4 in that case)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger for the 1 Tbs ginger paste
  • White vinegar for rice wine vinegar

Thanks very much to Joanie Simon for the great video and for the really delicious Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pineapple Pork recipe.