Spicy Cinnamon Pork ~ Rachel

Since moving down South from Pittsburgh, I’ve discovered pulled pork. In NC, that usually means vinegar-based BBQ sauce (which I love). In SC, the BBQ sauce is usually mustard-based (which I also love). In other places, they do a BBQ sauce which is more akin to what people generally think BBQ sauce is..tomato/ketchup based (which I will eat but no longer prefer if I have a choice).

This pulled pork, which you make in the crock pot, is none of those. I got this recipe from the blog Fresh Slowcooking which is a great place for crock pot recipes that use fresh ingredients! Anyways, this pulled pork is fabulous over jasmine rice but you could also just serve it with some veggies.  I also like it on a bun topped with some cole slaw.

Spicy Cinnamon Pork (Crockpot)

Taken from Fresh Slowcooking website

  • 4lb pork butt or shoulder…I buy boneless “Boston Butt” (strange name for a cut of meat but whatever)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves unless you are me and double or triple that)
  • 2 Tbsp peeled and minced ginger (I buy the stuff in a jar now)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon (I may have used a little more)
  • 1 6cm cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat.
  • Trim excess fat from the pork and pat it dry (this is important for the browning).
  • Combine garlic and ginger in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over the pork and reserve any remaining rub.
  • Brown all sides of the pork in the hot skillet…about 4 minutes per side. This step is optional so if you don’t have time for it, just throw everything into the crock pot and run. However, the browning adds a nice flavor so only skip if necessary.
  • Place inside the crock pot and pour rice wine vinegar over it.
  • Sprinkle the remaining spices on top.
  • Wedge the cinnamon stick where it will get moistened by the juices as the pork cooks.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours (or on high for 4 hours).
  • Remove the cinnamon stick.
  • Using two forks, pull the pork.
This is one of my favorite recipes and is great if you are having friends over. It also contains ample amounts of cinnamon, my Healing Spice of the week (more on cinnamon in another post later this week). There is also coriander and mustard seeds and ginger and cardamom and cloves and cayenne pepper. Those could probably be their own Healing Spice blog entry (maybe one day).
For now, enjoy this pork recipe and come back later this week for the skinny on cinnamon.
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  • Marsial2010  On June 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

    See, Rachel, the problem with a recipe like this is that I WOULD WA-A-A-AY OVEREAT!! Boy, does this sound good!

    I have all of the ingredients except the pork which I will buy tomorrow. I am definitely going to make this! Sadly, I no longer have a crock pot, but I do have a wonderful cast iron dutch oven which works pretty much the same way over low heat (even better in the oven, but it is going to be very hot tomorrow and I don’t want to turn it on).

    I’ve been comparing crock pots for the past few weeks. What kind do you have and would you recommend it? Thanks. Marsial

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