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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork

I say Slow Cookers or Crock-Pots are a brilliant invention; great for all kinds of easy and delicious dinners.

My slow-cooked pork steaks in a rich and tangy BBQ sauce melt in the mouth - just the thing to come home to a long day at work.

Slow Cooker Pork Steaks in BBQ Sauce

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*This post was originally written back in 2014 and it's now 2021, I've updated the text but the recipe is exactly the same*

Now, I suppose you could serve this with some nice crusty bread for dipping and moping but I say for the ultimate comfort food it needs mashed potato.

Slow Cooker Pork Recipe


  • Pork loin steaks
  • Onion 
  • Celery 
  • Mushrooms
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Vegetable oil

Recipe for BBQ Sauce 

  • 200ml boiling water
  • 1 x beef OXO cube (for this recipe OXO works best)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree (paste if you're in the US)
  • 1 tablespoon of malt vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Colman's English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of soft brown sugar


Heat up a large frying pan and add a glug of oil. Put the pork steaks in 2 or 3 at a time and sear quickly. Remove and pop them into the slow cooker.

Important; if you're not planning on switching on your slow cooker straight away please do not add the pork until you are ready. Warm pork or any meat/poultry is never going to be a good idea to leave it sitting there.

Don't bother washing the pan and add the onions and celery and cook over medium heat stirring until they colour slightly and add those to the slow cooker.

Throw the mushrooms into the slow cooker and pour over the sauce you made as above.

Give everything a stir and set your slow cooker to LOW and leave to cook for 7 to 8 hours.

Kids will love this, you could always serve with roast potatoes instead of mash and add some broccoli to make it go even further.

How do you Thicken Sauce in a Slow Cooker?

Cooking in a slow cooker or crock-pot results in there being more liquid than is the same dish was cooked in the oven. Therefore, you will need to thicken your finished dish. 

You can of course use a little cornflour dissolved in a little water. Regular flour will taste raw and will turn to lumps.

Now, I say the way to go is with McDougalls Thickening Granules - seriously they are most marvellous! Just stir a tablespoon or so into your finished dish and they dissolve easily and not a lump in sight. 

Buying a Slow Cooker

You can buy slow cookers for as cheap as £15 in shops such as ALDI, but it really is worth spending just a little more and buying one that you can sear food in beforehand rather than using a frying pan. 

A frying pan means more washing up! So I recommend a slow cooker with a sear function. But a bit more money will get you a slow cooker with an automatic 'keep warm' function too.

Slow Cooker Pork 

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