What a Crock!: Slow cooker a nice and easy way to tasty _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Laura Frankel wrote “Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes” because she valued both home time with her family and her Jewish faith.

When the restaurant owner and her family decided to keep kosher, she wrote in her introduction, “We agreed to give up eating pork, shellfish and the combination of meat and dairy. We did not give up flavor.”

Long hours in her restaurant didn’t leave much energy for her home kitchen. Although she had used the slow cooker every Shabbat for years, it occurred to her that she could use it every day and make her home kitchen life much easier.

Her book is filled with interesting and educational tips for the slow cooker enthusiast. She isn’t shy about telling the reader what cookers she likes and why or how to maximize flavor.

Whether one is Jewish or not, slow-cooking fans will enjoy her straightforward approach and the many interesting recipes.

The barbecue sauce recipe states to cook on high for 6 hours. I found 5 hours to be adequate. As it sets up, it will thicken for a delightful, very tasty homemade sauce.