My first billion from the blog!

Some people’s ideal vacation is a nice mountain getaway. Others, want to enjoy the sites of antiquity. Big cities have their allure and walking on a glacier is great, but for me, nothing compares to a tropical island. A white sand beach. Clear blue water. Tropical drinks at hand and watching the sun rise on one side of the island and set on the other. After I make my first billion from the blog (I am just 1 billion short of that to date….), I am spending a month or four trying to find the perfect place. Maldives? Tahiti? Aruba? Bring them on. Today’s slow cooker recipe is not likely from tropics, but it is named appropriately.

The slow cooker is such a good friend to us working folk. It is at its best when the recipe is so easy that you just throw it all in. So many recipes have you sear the meat first, so this is ideal for convenience.

The pork falls apart.

The recipe list is straight forward.

I like to add the spices and ketchup directly on to the pork and pour the liquids into to pot.

Easy with a sweet taste.

Tropical Island Pork


  • 3 pounds boneless pork roast
  • 5 to 6 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kitchen bouquet (gravy enhancer)


Stud meat with cloves. Place roast in slow cooker; sprinkle with paprika and nutmeg. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over roast. Cover and cook on low 9 to 11 hours. (high 4 to 5 hours) Remove roast. If desired, thicken juices with 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; turn to HIGH and cook until thickened.


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Categories: Low Carb, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Slow Cooker

Author:The Ranting Chef

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31 Comments on “My first billion from the blog!”

  1. Della
    May 26, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Love how you weave the recipie into a fun story. That’s a talent!


  2. Chuck
    May 26, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Looks so good. And most definitely so easy!


  3. May 26, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Once you make your first billion, the second is easy peasy!


  4. May 26, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    This is a must try recipe for me.I used to be partial to Baja beaches.You write a clever blog;good luck in your quest.


  5. May 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Yum! Great recipe for this Memorial Day weekend …


  6. May 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I’m on the way to the store. Thanks for the awesome recipe.


  7. artistmum
    May 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I didn’t know that you could make money blogging. I just do it because I like to keep the kids informed of my escapades!
    Your recipe sounds scrumptious and I can’t wait to try it. Wouldn’t mind a tropical island in the mix too!


  8. May 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    i’m with you on the tropical island….but i suppose the tropical island pork will do too. 😉


  9. May 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I will go with the Maldives :).


  10. May 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    GTFO..I was all excited thinking you had made a billion! You will soon!


  11. May 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Mind you, if I were lazing about on a gorgeous beach, I’m not sure I’d care how the pork was done! Tropical beach notwithstanding, this sounds delicious…


  12. May 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Hope you do have a billion (and soon 🙂 This looks so delicious! Maybe one day when I retire I’ll own a slow cooker, for now I’m just too scared to think that I might come home to a burned kitchen LOL


  13. May 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    HAHAH great post.


  14. May 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    I’ve only recently gotten a slow (or in my case a multi) cooker and I love the no fuss of it. As for dream place, the midcoast of Maine is my perfect place.


  15. May 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Ohhh how I adore my Slow Cooker! Thanks for giving me a new recipe to try in it! Can’t wait!


  16. May 27, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    That looks all kind of delicious!


  17. May 27, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    melbourne is my dream place. markets, butchers, bakeries, not the rarity but the norm. everyday you are inspired to try something new with all that beautiful produce, meat and baked goods. lots of markets, few grocery stores. my dream spot.


  18. May 27, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Tropical Island for me, with my slow cooker of course.


  19. May 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on New to the wonderful world of cooking .. and loving it! and commented:
    This looks really good!!! Will have to try some day 🙂


  20. May 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    This sounds good! I’m happy to see the ketchup/orange juice combination because we sometimes simmer pork chops with that like my Mom used to. Usually I get a weird look when I say ketchup and orange juice to those who have never had it!


  21. May 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Yes! Pork is on sale this week! Trying this Tuesday! Thanks!


  22. May 28, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Islands are great –but if you get your billion, then try for the South of France. The water is bluer and even clearer than the islands AND the food is amazing 🙂
    Just saying’ there’s a reason I use the name “bliss”!


  23. May 28, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I concur! Slow cooking is fantastic! Its something that I grew up with. Esp in today’s crazy paced world, its nice to take your time to prepare a meal. real kitchen chemistry!


  24. May 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am always on the look out for good slow cooker recipes because we use the slow cooker almost every week. It allows us to eat well even when we work late.


  25. May 29, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Now THIS I’m going to have to try! Cooking Monday through Friday is nearly impossible sans the slow cooker.


  26. May 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Which do you love more: eating great food or talking/blogging about great food? Tell us about it in your acceptance speech for the award we’ve just nominated you for – the Illuminating Blogger Award!

    Here are the gritty details:

    We at rms firmly believe that a man who cooks (well) is not to go unappreciated. 🙂
    ~Nikki & Annie


  27. June 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    This looks awesome 🙂
    When I am able to bring my ship to shore by blogging, I think my hubs and I are going to run away to the coast of Maine and start farming – because we’re weird like that.
    Great Recipe!!


  28. June 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Made this on the weekend – loved it! And now enjoying the leftover pork on sandwiches. Yum!


  29. September 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I have tried this with chili ketchup and grape jelly. Sounds unusual and it is, but it becomes a sweet and sour sauce. Experiment with the combination, but I found more chili ketchup than grape jelly is good for me.



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