Sunday Supper: One Slow Cooker, Three Pork Meals

Cynthia Graubart sets the table for a trio of family meals: one simple slow-cooked pork shoulder and two fast and hearty weeknight suppers.

Sunday Night: 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Photo: Iain Bagwell

I call it magic. One pork shoulder roast, a few pantry ingredients, and eight hours on low effortlessly produces the most succulent and tender pork, just as if you waved a magic wand. Although slow cooking is synonymous with fall and winter, as summer beckons, my slow cooker is the workhorse that keeps my kitchen cool. This recipe yields a gracious plenty, making it a wise choice for this New Sunday Supper.

The cooked pork shoulder, also known as pork butt or Boston butt, practically shreds itself when approached with a fork. Serve it with snappy Easy Pickled Sweet Onions and Peppers and a spoonful of the pickle brine, something green, and a side of moist cornbread on Sunday, reserving the extra pork for two additional meals.

Monday Night: Pork Noodle Bowls

Monday’s fragrant noodle bowls are light enough for warm weather but substantial enough for dinner. Assemble stoveside, ladling the piping-hot broth into the bowls to coax the flavors of the individual ingredients into perfect harmony. Pass around chopsticks for extra fun.

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Tuesday Night: Pulled Pork Nachos

Serving a popular snack as dinner might be out of character around your family table, but these Tuesday Pulled Pork Nachos are packed with protein and easy to assemble on a weeknight—just the right sign that carefree summer living is close at hand.

Photo: Hector Sanchez

Photo: Iain Bagwell

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