Saturday, July 10, 2010

Slow Cooker, Soccer, Theater

Cooler! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. The farmers' market was filled with neighbors greeting one another as they filled their bags with fruits and vegetables that had traveled less than fifty miles. The potted plants and cut flowers were especially colorful today--and my camera was at home.

We had plans to watch the soccer game for third place in the World Cup and later to see "Jesus Christ, Superstar" which neither of us had ever seen. I planned our main meal to be a sofa tailgate affair. I used the crockpot to help out. Even though I've had a pot for years, I rarely use it. It's mostly been used to keep wassail warm during holiday gatherings. However, I found this recipe on Allrecipes. It surfaced during a "saved recipe" purge recently and I'm glad that I gave it a try. It's so simple and so good. The original recipe calls for an 18 oz bottle of barbecue sauce. I used my own recipe for the sauce.


2 pounds pork tenderloin
12 ounce bottle root beer (not diet)

Place pork tenderloins into the slow cooker and pour the root beer over.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours. The first time I did 7 hours. This time, 6 hours. We liked the six-hour texture better.

Remove, cool a bit and shred with two forks.

Put back in the cooker and stir in barbecue sauce. Heat on low for another 30 minutes.


2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons Wright's Liquid Smoke
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce

Place all ingredients in saucepan and simmer, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

The barbecue was delicious. Our soccer team lost. Neither of us liked the musical very much although the actors gave a great performance.