Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Flank Steak

Ingredients

2 lb flank steak

1/4 c soy sauce

1/3 cup olive oil

4 tbsp brown sugar

5 garlic cloves, minced

freshly ground pepper

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a bowl except the flank steak and whisk together. Pour over the flank steak and then let the steak marinate in the fridge for an hour or more. Pour the steak and marinade in a crockpot and let cook on low for 8 hours. Enjoy!

Recipe Cred: The Mrs. with the Dishes

 

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

How To Cook Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

Makes 3 to 6 chops

What You Need

Ingredients
3 to 6 bone-in pork chops (3/4- to 1-inch thick, around 1/2 pound each) — preferably blade, shoulder, or sirloin chops; rib chops are second best

For the brine, optional:
1/2 cup kosher salt
8 cups water
Aromatics like bay leaf, whole peppercorns, and other spices

For the slow-cooker dish:
Chopped vegetables and fruits, enough to form a layer on the bottom of the slow cooker — like apples, Asian pears, onions, carrots, celery, fennel, potatoes, sauerkraut
1/4 cup cooking liquid, like broth, cider, hard cider, white wine, or water

Equipment
Shallow dish, if brining
Paper towels
Skillet, if searing your chops
Cooking utensils
6-quart or larger slow cooker

Instructions

  1. Brine your pork chops, optional: Brining seasons the meat throughout and provides some insurance against overcooking. Stir together the salt and the water until the salt dissolves. (You can also warm the water in the microwave to make this easier, but wait for the water to cool before continuing.) Place the chops in a shallow dish and pour the brine over them. The chops should be submerged; if not, make additional brine solution. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. Season with salt and pepper: If you brined your pork chops, rinse them under running water, then pat them dry with paper towels. If you didn’t, just remove from their package and pat dry. Either way, season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Sear your chops, optional: Searing adds good flavor to the overall dish, but if you’re in a rush, you can skip this step. If you do sear the meat, you can also quickly sauté the onions or other vegetables going into the dish and then deglaze the pan with the cooking liquid. Add an extra splash of the cooking liquid to the pot to compensate for the liquid that evaporated during deglazing.
  4. Add a layer of vegetables to the slow cooker: Scatter the vegetables or fruits you’ve chosen over the bottom of the slow cooker. They should form a single layer.
  5. Layer the chops on top: It’s OK to overlap the chops slightly, but don’t stack them on top of each other.
  6. Pour the cooking liquid over top: Pour the cooking liquid, or the liquid left from deglazing your pan, over the chops. If you sautéed any vegetables, tuck some of them below the chops and scatter the rest on top.
  7. Cook for 2 to 6 hours on LOW: At around 2 hours, your pork chops will be cooked through (145°F) and have a texture similar to chicken breast — tender, but firm. Between 3 to 6 hours, the chops will have a texture closer to pulled pork; it will be easy to cut with a fork and will pull easily from the bone. (The first time you make slow cooker pork chops, check the chops every so often to see how they’re cooking; after this first batch, you’ll know exactly how much cooking time to plan for going forward to make your ideal pork chops.)
  8. Serve with the vegetables and cooking liquid: Serve straight from the slow cooker or transfer everything to a serving dish. Spoon the cooking liquid over top of everything.

Recipe Notes

  • Leftovers: These are not my favorite chops to reheat and serve the next day; I find that they’re just a bit too dry and tough at that point. If you do end up with leftovers, I recommend pulling them into shreds and using them in burritos, tacos, soups, and the like.

Recipe Cred: Emma Christensen at the Kitchn

Slow-Cooker Lamb Roast With Spinach and Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS

cloves garlic, crushed

tablespoons olive oil

tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed

Kosher salt and black pepper

2 1/2-pound boneless lamb shoulder roast

15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

bunch spinach, stemmed and roughly chopped

plain yogurt, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the garlic, oil, rosemary, cumin, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the lamb and place in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker along with 1/4 cup water. Cook, covered, until the lamb is tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Let the lamb rest for 20 minutes before slicing against the grain. Stir the chickpeas and spinach into the juices in the slow cooker until the spinach is wilted.
  3. Serve the lamb over the chickpeas, spinach, and juices, with a spoonful of yogurt on top.