5 Helpful Slow Cooker Tips - Sesame Ginger Pork Tacos

It’s fall which means that my slow cooker has been dusted off from storage. I’ve been searching for delicious slow cooker meals to make my life a little bit easier. I love that I can put a few ingredients into my slow cooker in the morning and come home to a delicious meal for dinner. Well, most of the time. I seem to be coming home to overcooked, flavorless meals lately. Apparently slow cooker does not always mean ‘set it and forget it.’

Today I’m sharing some tips and tricks with you to ensure that your slow cooker creations don’t turn into beef jerky or take hours upon hours to cook. If you follow a few simple rules, your convenient slow cooker meals will turn out perfect every single time.

  1. Choose the right cut of meat for slow cooking – As much as I love boneless, skinless chicken breasts, this is not the best meat to slow cook because there is generally no fat on a chicken breast. Choosing a nicely marbled cut of beef or pork will help keep the meat tender and moist during the long cook time. Dark meat chicken with bones such as thighs or drumsticks will also tend to do well in the slow cooker because of the higher fat content in this meat.
  2. Set the correct heat level and cook time – Cooking low and slow is my general rule of thumb. I rarely use the ‘high’ heat level on my slow cooker and typically go with a range of 6 – 8 hours. Cooking the meat too quickly will result in tough, fatty meals.
  3. Avoid overcrowding – Just because your slow cooker holds 5 quarts, doesn’t mean you want to pack it full. You’ll want to leave enough room for the heat to circulate throughout the pot and cook the food evenly.
  4. Keep the lid closed – This is one thing that I’m guilty of doing. I like to smell how my roast is cooking throughout the process but the more you open the lid, the longer it’s going to take to cook. Each time you open that lid, you can add another 20 minutes onto your cook time.
  5. Brown your meat to boost the flavor – I encourage you to brown your meat in a saucepan prior to adding it to your slow cooker. This method seals in the juices and will add another layer of flavor to your dish. A quick sear on both sides of the meat in a hot pan can make a world of difference!
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With the pork in this recipe, I opted for marinating the cut overnight before searing the meat and placing it in my slow cooker. Always be sure to put the fat side up so that as the meat cooks, the fat will melt down over the meat and keep it moist. My slow cooker also has a meat thermometer, which is helpful in monitoring the internet temperature of the meat so that I don’t overcook it. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, I suggest cooking this pork tacos recipe on low for 6 hours. Enjoy! 96-3064

Sesame Ginger Pork Tacos

Serves 4 | Finish in 6 hours, 10 minutes

Asian inspired pork tacos give a unique twist to a traditional dish.


3 pound pork roast,
3 tablespoons five-spice seasoning,
1 cup Litehouse Sesame Ginger dressing split,
2 cups chicken broth,
8 flour tortillas,
2 cups coleslaw cabbage blend,
½ red pepper julienned ,
2 green onions sliced,
¼ cup rice wine vinegar,
2 tablespoons olive oil,
1 teaspoon sesame oil,
1 teaspoon Instantly Fresh Ginger,
Salt and pepper,


1. Wash and dry the pork roast. Place the roast on a cutting board and cut ½” deep slits into the fatty side. Sprinkle half of the five spice blend onto the top and rub into the slits. Turn the pork over and sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the pork and rub it into the meat. Place the meat into a large zip closure bag and pour in ½ of the Sesame Ginger dressing. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Remove the pork from the bag and discard the liquid. Place the pork into the slow cooker and add in the remaining Sesame Ginger dressing and chicken broth. Cook on low for 6 hours, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145 degrees F.

3. Before the meat is finished cooking, prepare the slaw by combining the coleslaw blend, red pepper and onions. In a small dish, mix together the rice wine vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil and ginger. Pour the mixture over the coleslaw and toss with salt and pepper to taste.

4. When the pork is finished, carefully remove it from the slow cooker and place it into a bowl and allow the meat to rest for 10-15 minutes before shredding the meat. Using two forks, shred the meat.

5. Assemble the tacos by adding the pork to the tortillas and topping them with the coleslaw mixture. Drizzle with additional Sesame Ginger dressing if desired.

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