In Australia the most popular meat to use in a slow cooker is beef. You can use pretty much any cut of beef that you even the cheaper cuts like chuck and casserole steak. The hours spent in the slow cooker breakdown the fibres and cuts that have a speckle of fat in them will tenderize and become flavoursome, giving you that melt in your mouth sensation.
Slow-cooked beef is extremely versatile and can be made into traditional roast beef or something a little more adventurous like curry, meatballs and casseroles.
Here are a couple of our favourite slow-cooked beef recipes:
Best cuts to use: chuck, casserole, brisket and leg
Pulled pork is now a weekly regular in households around the world thanks to the trust slow cooker. Whilst bacon can be quite expensive per kilo the cheaper cuts like the belly or leg are perfect for slow cooking. Using a slow cooking process helps breakdown the proteins in the tougher cuts and transforms them into flavoursome dishes.
Here are a couple of our favourite pork recipes:
Best cuts to use: belly, neck, leg
A slow cooker allows every chef to perfect melt off the bone meats, which is why lamb is an Australian favourite. If you’re short on time no prep or browning is required simply squeeze a leg of lamb into your slow cooker, dress and forget!
Here are a couple of our favourite slow cooker lamb recipes:
- Lamb tagine with dried apricots & saffron
- Roasted lamb shoulder with peas & mint
- Roast lamb with spring herb crumbs
Best cuts to use: whole leg, shoulder
When it comes to slow cooking chicken little to no fuss is needed. You can pop a whole chicken in or buy thighs, or breast cuts. Chicken won't take as long as other meats so don't leave it for too long!
Here are a couple of our favourite slow cooker chicken recipes:
- Roast spatchcock chicken with lemongrass, honey & fish sauce
- Slow-Cooked Spanish Chicken
- Moroccan Harissa Chicken
Best cuts to use: pretty much anything!
5. Vegetarian & Vegan
We don’t want anyone to miss out on all of the fun. Vegans and vegetarians are making their own pulled “pork” with jackfruit. Unripe jackfruit has a fine string-like consistency which makes for a perfect pork alternative. If you can’t find fresh jackfruit looks for it in cans or in the freezer section of specialty stores.