The verdict is in and the result is: Yuck.
For as good as we thought Pork and Apples would be it just did not work. I even tried some of the life saving tips that were mentioned in the comments:
DON’T cook for 7-9 hours, I did 6.
ADD brown sugar at each layer, done.
It still did not help. The pork chops were dryer than a dinosaur bone with eczema. The first bite was disgusting and I spat it out. Because we drained everything off in the first place it was incredibly dry. Sahara desert dry. The meal reminded me of why I hate crockpots and had me thinking of changing the site back to crappot.com.
So, with a kiddo staring at you starving on the other side of the table what is a dad to do? Mix it with macaroni? We can’t just throw it out. How about ranch dressing? Wait a minute, what’s this?
Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce to the rescue!!! A lil dab of this sauce on the dried pork managed to give it a very tender flavor with just a tease of heat. Not too spicy for the 4 year old and definitely salvaged a meal that had one foot in the trash compactor. I don’t know where we got it. We tend to shop at 5 different marts (PeaPod, Trader Joes, Costco, Jewel Osco and Whole Foods), so it could have come from anyone, but I’m glad it was there when I needed it. Next time you crock pork make sure you have SBR on hand and break seal in case of emergencies.