I am starting a new series. The basic idea is to cook a large hunk of meat in the crockpot and make three different meals based on that meat. This week we will cook a Boston Butt. I will give you tips for cooking Boston Butt and ideas for three different meals. This gives you a great plan for part of the week and a perfect bargain idea when Boston Butt’s are on sale.
Let’s start with prepping the meat for the crockpot.
DRY BOSTON BUTT WITH PAPER TOWELS. JULIA CHILD TELLS YOU TO DO IT, AND YOU SHOULD. ALWAYS DRY YOUR MEAT BEFORE BROWNING!
BROWN YOUR MEAT. I KNOW IT SEAMS EASIER TO JUST THROW THE MEAT IN THE CROCKPOT. BUT BROWNING THE BOSTON BUTT FIRST IS THE KEY TO A NICE FINAL FLAVOR. AFTER BROWNING THE MEAT RUB YOUR CHOSEN SPICE ON THE MEAT. HERE ARE THREE RUB RECIPES.
PLACE BOSTON BUTT IN CROCKPOT ADD 1/2 CUP WATER. COOK ON HIGH FOR 4 HOURS.
ONE MINUTE KITCHEN HACK
USE A CROCK POT LINER TO KEEP CLEAN UP QUICK AND EASY
Now we have covered cooking the meat, let’s now turn this into our first meal. Keep the first meal simple. After putting in the time properly prepping and cooking the meat, we don’t have to spend a lot of time on the rest of the meal. The first night simply serve the Boston Butt sliced with two vegetable sides. We enjoyed green beans and asparagus as our vegetable sides. I took a frozen bag of each veggie poured them on the same aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Preheated oven to 350. Sprinkled oil, salt, and pepper over veggies. Baked for 30 minutes.
- 1 lb Boston Butt (I cooked a 5 Boston Butt)
- Meat Rub or Salt/Pepper
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Water
Add Olive Oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Dry Boston Butt with paper towels. Once skillet is heated brown all sides of Boston Butt. Once safely cooled massage a meat rub on all sides of Boston Butt. Add 1/2 cup water and Boston Butt to a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve sliced with veggie sides.
Now wasn’t that easy? Refrigerate the left over meat and stay tuned for meals two and three.
Meal 2 Carnitas Mac and Cheese
Meal 3 Carnitas Taco Salad