I'm new to crockpot - slow cooking and have not had the best results. O.K. - but nothing real fab. I'm still learning to balance the cooking time with sauces and cuts.
Yesterday I bought a large pork shoulder from the market. It was very inexpensive (I guess due to the few options one has to cook this cut), just a few dollars or so. But I had no plan on how to prepare it. So I tossed it in the crockpot and added a few cups of whole green chiles and other peppers. I also threw in a jar of Santa Fe-style New Mexico green chile sauce. I was worried that the sauce would overcook and burn (like some BBQ sauces in the same environment), but it simmered nicely for hours.
The result? A heaping pot full of perfectly cooked, tender meaty dish where the pork drifted off the bone. I had to pick out some boney chunks, but overall I was very happy. We made burritos off the bat and I put the rest into the fridge to skim off fat. The following day I did just that and ended up scooping 8 or so meals packed away for later enjoyment.
It was simple and a great return on invesment. I guess my point here is to encourage everyone to keep on trying different dishes and see what works for you. Please share or pop me a note with any Qs.