Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pork Roast in a Yuengling beer broth

On Labor Day Monday, DB~ and I invited her brother and sister over for dinner at my place. I was in the mood to use the crock pot and I had a pork roast, so I thought I was set. It was right before noon and I was all ready to crack open a can of chicken stock and get this pork party started....except I had no chicken stock in the pantry. That's inexcusable for me. I usually have 4 to 5 cans at the ready.

I semi-panicked for a second and opened up the refrigerator to see what I could cobble together to make my own broth...but that would take a while to make. And then I looked down and saw 4 bottles of Yuengling beer in my refrigerator door.

Sprechen sie deutsch? Yeah, we're going Oktoberfest with this one....

1 lb pork roast
1 medium white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, diced
12 oz. bottle of Yuengling for the broth
2 bay leaves
butter for sauteing (optional)
6 oz of Yuengling for sauteing (optional)

Season both sides of the roast with salt and pepper. Cut roast in half.
Add 12 oz bottle of Yuengling to crock pot.
Dice half the white onion and add to beer in crock pot. Dice one clove of garlic and add to the broth.
Place both halves of the roast in the crock pot. Place the other diced clove of garlic on top of the roast. Add the 2 bay leaves to the broth.

Turn the crock pot on low and let cook for 5-1/2 hours, turning the roast over once halfway through.

When the roast is done, take it out of the crock pot and leave the broth, onions, garlic, bay leaves behind. Place the roast on a serving dish to rest and wrap the serving dish with aluminum foil to keep it warm.

While the pork is resting, if you would like to saute some onions to place on top of the pork for serving....
Add the other half of the diced white onion to a skillet and saute in some butter until translucent. Add 6 oz of beer to the saute skillet and let the onion absorb the liquid. They will be a medium shade of brown. Place these onions over top of the pork when serving.

I made some snap peas with a sage butter sauce. The sage was fresh from my neighbor's garden. Also made some Uncle Ben's Wild Rice.

Everything was delicious. Even DB~, who is a borderline vegetarian, liked it a lot. And it's always great to watch her younger siblings make fun of DB~. Great night all around.


  1. Is that correct? That seems very small?

    "1 lb pork roast"

    And then you cut in half and cook for 5 hours? Is a number missing here or is that right?

  2. I cooked it on low, which is like very little heat at all. Maybe it's just my crock pot.