My Heart Desires This

There’s no better way to start the day than with an incredible sense of accomplishment. And that sense of accomplishment arrives right about the time a person makes dinner before they’ve even left for work. It’s an especially wonderful feeling on a Monday morning, when life often feels a bit overwhelming.

Pork prepped for the slow cooker

Hence, my obsession with pulled pork in the slow cooker. Not only does this incredibly tender, flavorful, falling apart pork taste perfect by the forkful right out of the insert of the slow cooker, it also presents the delightful challenge of making use of the leftovers all week long.



Simple tacos stuffed with carnitas, cilantro, avocado and salsa. Pulled pork sandwiches. Pork quesadillas. Gingery, garlicky pork-filled ramen noodle bowls.

Pork breakfast tostada

And my most recent favorite way to start the rest of the week: the pork breakfast tostada.

Pork shoulder

So much delight from about 10 minutes of prep in the am. I buy a 4-5 pound bone-in pork shoulder from a local farm at my co-op.

Seasoned pork

I put it in a casserole dish and coat it in about 1/4 cup of seasoning.

BBQ Herbs


This time, I’m using BBQ Herbs from my dear friend Laurie’s fabulous local foods store. This is a great opportunity to use up some of those seasoning packets/jars/mixes you have hanging out in your spice drawer. Or, make your own taco seasoning by tossing together some paprika, chili powder, garlic salt, cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.


Pat your seasoning of choice onto the pork, evenly coating all sides. In the meantime, splash a tablespoon of olive oil in the insert of your slow cooker (if it’s safe to use on the stove) or a large skillet.

Searing pork

Heat the oil over medium-high heat and sear all sides of the pork shoulder, about 4 minutes on each of the four sides.

Searing pork

Slow cooker timer

Set your slow cooker on low and cook for 8-10 hours. Pull the pork apart with two forks and serve in whatever fashion your hungry heart desires. Tuesday mornings, my heart desires this:


Pork Breakfast Tostada

Breakfast Tostada

Use this:

1 corn tortilla

1/4 cup cooked black beans

1/2 cup cooked, shredded pork

1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce

1/4 avocado, chopped

1 tsp sour cream

2 tbsp cilantro leaves

hot sauce

1 egg



Do this:

In a small skillet, warm the pork and beans over medium heat. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 tsp oil in another nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Fry each side of the the tortilla until warm and crisp. Place the tortilla on a plate and crack the egg into the skillet. Season the egg with salt and pepper and fry, flipping after 1-2 minutes. Cook until the white is set but the yolk is still runny.

Top the tortilla with beans, pork and romaine. Gently place the egg on top of the tostada and garnish with sour cream, avocado, cilantro and hot sauce.


Eating tostada

7 thoughts on “My Heart Desires This

  1. I love my slow cooker too. I have the same one you do so I know how great it is. I also love me some pulled pork. I love love the Golden Fig and everything that is in there. I have you to thank for leading me there. I never knew it was there until I saw it on the show. So thank You so very much for waking up my taste buds !!!!!!

  2. No liquid in the crock pot?
    My recipe has 1 sliced onion on the bottom put in the roast, then I sliced onion on top. Pour 1 cup of Ginger Ale into the pot. Cook on low for 10 hours. Pull the pork with two forks, with the onions, add 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce & slow cook for another 2 to 3 hours on low. Yummy!

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