Yep…I made Pulled Pork Cheese Fries. I’m sure you’ve seen that a certain fast food restaurant is offering such a dish…I showed a picture of the restaurant version to Jay whose eyes immediately glazed over and he insisted I make them ASAP. So I did, with a little help from Hamilton Beach and their Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.
This thing is really cool. The pulled pork I used in this recipe is the second thing I’ve made using this slow cooker. I also used it to make the shredded beef for my French Dip Sandwiches.
When I made the French Dip, I just used the manual setting, which is akin to your standard slow cooker–Set it to High or Low, and walk away. This time, I used the Probe setting:
This allows you to set the temperature at which you want your meat cooked. Once the probe hits that temp, the slow cooker will switch to “Warm,” and keep your food warm until you’re ready for it! When I started, my pork shoulder was rather cool:
The other nice thing about the Probe setting is that it switches between the Desired Temperature (what you eventually want it cooked to), and the Actual Temperature. That’s nice, because you can periodically check your dish’s progress, while you’re bustling about doing other things.
I have not yet used the Program function–I know, seeing as this is a programmable slow cooker and all. But that is similar to the Manual function–You just set the length of time you want your dish to cook for, and once it’s done (like with the Probe function), it switches to “Warm,” in case you’re not quite ready yet!
I will say that other than the pulled pork (because the beauty of making it in the slow cooker is that you can indeed set and forget it!), making the rest is a little time-consuming. I made homemade BBQ sauce as well as homemade fries, but feel free to use your favorite bottled sauce, and whatever frozen fries you like.
It’s that sort of food that you just know is horribly bad for you, but it tastes SO good!
Hamilton Beach is allowing me to give away a Set & Forget 6-Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker to one of my readers! As usual, all I ask is for a comment. I hate giveaways that make you jump through a bajillion hoops, or beg for followers on social media. I would love it if you followed me on Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram (since I’m so new there!), but I’m not going to make it a requirement. Simply tell me what you’d make if you won this slow cooker. A big batch of Buffalo Chicken Dip? Pulled Pork? A Pot Roast? Or something sweet like a bread pudding or applesauce? Leave a comment and let me know!
The giveaway will run from now until Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM CST. I will choose the winner using a random number generator, then email the winner (so make sure you leave an email address in the contact section–I’m the only one who sees it). The winner will have 48 hours to respond, before another winner is chosen. This giveaway is open only to those in the US, and the winner must be 18 years of age or older. Hamilton Beach cannot ship to PO Boxes.
DISCLOSURE: Hamilton Beach provided me with the slow cooker to review. No other monetary compensation has been given. All thoughts and opinions are my own.They will be providing the same to the giveaway winner.