Moink in the Wild: Slow Cooker Honey Pork (Cook Once, Eat Twice!)

We were happy to partner with Emily at My Everyday Table for this delicious and easy Slow Cooker Honey Pork recipe! 

Slow Cooker Honey Pork: Cook Once, Eat Twice is an easy slow cooker pork recipe that takes just a few minutes to prep, and you can turn it into two completely different meals to maximize your time in the kitchen!

Slow Cooker Honey Pork

I am a little obsessed with the cook once, eat twice idea. I like to call it the framework for my meal plans, because it really is! I’m all about making meals from scratch at home, and I’m also really realistic and realize that not everyone has an hour to make dinner each night. Sometimes even 30 minutes is too much!

So it just makes so much sense to maximize your time in the kitchen when you can. And the slow cooker is a fantastic tool to help you out in a hands-off way. I love this basic $40 slow cooker (affiliate).

SLOW COOKER HONEY PORK: COOK ONCE, EAT TWICE

For this cook once, eat twice meal we’re going to slow cook pork in an easy sauce and then turn it into bbq pork sandwiches (served with a slaw!) and then a bbq pork + pineapple quesadilla later in the week.

We’re cooking the pork in a flavorful mixture of honey, mustard, beer, and plenty of garlic and onions. It’s delicious plain, and delicious with bbq sauce! You decide how to make your own sandwich. 😉

I like to share recipes that also include ideas for the side dishes, and they’re often quite easy! The bbq pork sandwiches include an easy slaw recipe – I recommend piling some on the sandwich, too! It adds great crunch and texture. The bbq pork + pineapple quesadilla is really designed to be eaten later in the week and come together really quickly so keep it simple with baby carrots, sliced cucumber, and some ranch or healthy greek yogurt veggie dip on the side.

Slow Cooker Honey Pork

Slow Cooker Honey Pork

Slow Cooker Honey Pork

SLOW COOKER HONEY PORK: BEST CUT OF PORK TO USE

Pork is a great meat for the slow cooker as it gets better and better with slow heat! This recipe calls for pork shoulder, which is also called pork butt or Boston butt. It’s the most common cut for pulled pork.

SLOW COOKER HONEY PORK: BBQ SANDWICHES + COLESLAW

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

DESCRIPTION

Slow Cooker Honey Pork: Cook Once, Eat Twice is an easy slow cooker pork recipe that takes just a few minutes to prep, and you can turn it into two completely different meals to maximize your time in the kitchen!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup beer or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. honey, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 3.5 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 14 oz. bag of shredded coleslaw
  • 4-6 hamburger buns
  • For serving: bbq sauce, mayonnaise, pickle spears

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice onion in half moons. Chop garlic.
  2. Place onion slices in the bottom of a 6-qt. slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine garlic, beer (or chicken broth), 1 Tbsp. of the honey, and mustard. Pour over pork.
  4. Cook on high for 5-6 hours. When it’s finished, lightly shred with two forks and set aside at least 2 cups of pork for later in the week. Season with additional salt if necessary.
  5. A half hour or so before meal time, prepare the coleslaw. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, and remaining 1 Tbsp. honey. Toss with coleslaw mix, stirring occasionally until it’s time to eat.
  6. When you’re ready to eat, heat large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each side of the bun and heat, mayo side down for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Top buns with pork, bbq sauce and slaw if desired. Serve slaw and pickle spears on the side

NOTES

  • Get your kids involved! They can: stir together the pork marinade. whisk together coleslaw dressing and coleslaw.

Then we move onto the cook once, eat twice meal number two! An easy bbq pork + pineapple quesadilla. The caramelized onions take a bit of time to cook, but can easily be made ahead of time as they don’t need much hands-on time. The sweet flavors, savory cheese, and succulent pork work so well together!

SLOW COOKER HONEY PORK: BBQ PORK + PINEAPPLE QUESADILLAS

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

DESCRIPTION

Slow Cooker Honey Pork: Cook Once, Eat Twice is an easy slow cooker pork recipe that takes just a few minutes to prep, and you can turn it into two completely different meals to maximize your time in the kitchen!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 8 oz. can of pineapple
  • 2 cups leftover pulled pork
  • 8 whole grain tortillas (soft taco size, about 8-10 in)
  • 8 oz. shredded cheese (mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • baby carrots
  • 1 cucumber

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice onion in half moons.
  2. Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add butter to the pan and when it sizzles, add sliced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes until soft and caramelized.
  3. Prep other ingredients:
    Heat pork in the microwave or on the stove.
    Drain and chop pineapple.
    Slice cucumber.
  4. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add a tsp. of butter or oil to pan and swirl so that it coats the entire pan. Place one tortilla in pan and top with the following:
    1/4 cup cheese +1/2 cup pork + 2 Tbsp. bbq sauce + 1/4 of the onions + 1/4 of the pineapple + 1/4 cup cheese + another tortilla.
  5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, carefully flip, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Repeat for remaining 3 quesadillas.
  6. Serve with baby carrots and cucumber slices.

NOTES

  • Get your kids involved! They can: help measure cheese or bbq sauce, and help layer ingredients on a tortilla.

I took my most recent Moink Box, and turned it into 8 different easy, delicious family meals… like this one! Check out the other recipes now.

We can’t wait to see what sorts of recipes you make with your Moink Box! Be sure to tag us @moinkbox or #GetMoinked so we can see your yummy creations. Enjoy!

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