Payback to the Dog

I am a dog person. I always had at least one dog, and often two, in the home while growing up. After marrying, moving into our own house and having a couple of kids, we decided it was time for us to get our own dog.

My wife also grew up with a dog in the family and had a fondness for collies. I wasn’t overly enthralled with the breed, but kept an open mind. We decided to look first at adoption and spent time looking on the Internet for a dog to adopt. One night my wife found a picture of a mutt (with some collie in him) that was less than a year old and ready to adopt.

The shelter was in a town that was about an hour south of home. I don’t know how we couldn’t find an acceptable dog that was much closer to home, but we decided to drive down to check him out. We piled my three and six-year-old sons in the car and drove south.

Upon arriving at the shelter, we inquired about the dog and they told us to go out into the yard and they would let him out to play. We were all excited about it and when they let him out, he was a beautiful brown and white dog that had both collie and hound in him. We fell in love and he…..ignored us. He walked around the edge of the yard and did everything he could to pretend we did not exist. I give him a lot of credit as two small, excited boys were running around.

Despite the cold shoulder, we decided to make him part of the family. We told the shelter worker and was informed they had a 24 hour waiting period before any adoption to ensure the decision had time to sink in before the dog was released. That meant an hour back north and another round trip on a future day. All for a dog that ignored us. What did we do? We ended up with him days later.

This pork dish was wonderful. I cannot imagine how the dog stood it, smelling it all day while it cooked and not being able to eat any of it when it was done. Consider it payback for the initial cold shoulder!

I actually found a cut that was twice the size and cut it in half.

I hate shredding meat with a fork, but I did.


Char Siu Pork Roast

Makes: 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 1/4 cup sauce)


  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 (2-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth


Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.

Place pork and marinade in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Remove pork from slow cooker using a slotted spoon; place on a cutting board or work surface. Cover with aluminum foil; keep warm.

Add broth to sauce in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Shred pork with 2 forks; serve with sauce.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 227 Calories from fat: 38% Fat: 9.5g Saturated fat: 3.1g Monounsaturated fat: 3.9g Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g Protein: 21.6g Carbohydrate: 12.7g Fiber: 0.4g Cholesterol: 73mg Iron: 1.7mg Sodium: 561mg Calcium: 30mg


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Categories: Low Carb, Pork, Recipes, Slow Cooker

Author:The Ranting Chef

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18 Comments on “Payback to the Dog”

  1. February 16, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Yeah, the roast sounds great but I want to hear more about the DOG ;). Your writing is intriguing . I already have a great pork roast recipe… 😉


  2. February 16, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Love the cold shoulder connection. But I agree with leekirs1 – how is the dog now? Not still ignoring you, I hope!


  3. February 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    What torture! For the cold shouldering dog and all the family having to wait. Sounds and looks delicious.


  4. February 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Yummy! Love char siew but always thought it is way too difficult for my cooking ability but this recipe looks simple enough and I might actually attempt it!


  5. February 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Haha you did make me laugh with your dog adoption story. That pork roast looks awesome!


  6. February 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Hope your dog has warmed up to his new family. I would love to try your recipe. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!


  7. February 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on Country By Design's Blog and commented:
    I wish I had a piece of pork so I could try this!


  8. February 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Yeah, what happened? The pork looks great, but what about the dog?


  9. February 17, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Where is a picture of the dog? I’m a dog person, so I’m curious. We have three dogs.


  10. February 17, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    More on the dog please!!!


  11. February 17, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Yuuuuuuuum. I love dogs don’t get me wrong, but keep with the foooooood!


  12. February 17, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    This looks delicious, I’ll definitely have to give it a go 🙂

    Like everyone else though, I’d love to see a picture of the dog too!


  13. February 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Love the story about the dogs 🙂


  14. February 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    *dog < it's late!!


  15. marshland
    February 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I’ve give this one a bash although it sound similar to one of ah Myrtle’s Indonesian things she does now and again.


  16. February 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Gotta love the slow cooker!!


  17. February 18, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    Forget the slow cooker, I’d do mine covered in a slow oven for a few hours. Love the thought of the recipe and will try it. What about the dog? I’ve only had rescues and they turned out to be the best dogs in the world. Thanks for writing and for checking out my blog from time to time. Dee



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