Another delicious recipe courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo; simple and requiring only a crockpot and 4 ingredients.
Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
- Pork butt (boneless or bone in)
- Garlic (optional)
- Hawaiian sea salt
The one catch? Nom Nom Paleo recommends 16 hours in the crockpot! I did about 10 hours on low (the max on my programmable crockpot) and another 3 on high (so that it would finish before heading to bed).
I had difficulty finding Hawaiian sea salt (and was rather impetuous about my decision to make the recipe), so I substituted with Himalayan salt instead. I read comments posted by others that did a similar substitution. I also kept the skin on and removed it only after the pork finished cooking. Also, do a search on Nom Nom Paleo’s website for “kalua pig” to find additional meal suggestions for your leftover pork!
My first official foray into cooking paleo-friendly meals began with a delicious (let me say that again, delicious) recipe from the awesome site, Nom Nom Paleo. In fact, the blog dedicated the month of January to a Whole30, and posted new recipes for each day! (Here’s the round-up post.) Where did I start? Day 20: Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs.
For those of you who are not rib connoisseurs – which, for the record, includes me – here is your down and dirty lesson on the different types of ribs, courtesy of Saveur Magazine:
- Spare ribs: Pork ribs cut as near the bone as possible from the belly of the pig;
- Baby back ribs: Pork ribs from the loin on either side of the spine; lean, quick-cooking;
- Short ribs: Beef ribs taken from the bottom of the rib cage; can be cut individually or as a slab containing several bones.