The Smell of Pork in the Morning: Overnight Slow Cooking

Do you like to cook overnight? Do you load your slow cooker up at night and let it do the work while you sleep? We are huge, huge fans of this cooking method, but we do recognize one or two drawbacks. The major one is, well, the smell.

We woke up this morning to an admittedly delightful aroma of slow-cooked pork loin roast simmering slowly with smoked paprika, cabbage, and onions. We'll be quite glad to eat this for dinner tonight, but there was something slightly...strange about smelling pork first thing in the morning.

Do you have this issue with overnight slow cooking? Slow cooking during the day is of course wonderful; you can set up the slow cooker in the morning, and then step into the house after work and be greeted by the delicious fragrance of a home-cooked meal. It's almost as good as having a maid!

Here are a few favorite slow cooker recipes that are suitable for cooking while you're at work — or at night, while you sleep, as long as you don't mind waking up to brisket.

Slow Cooker Meals
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
Recipe: Slow-Cooked Pork Roast, Two Ways
Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions
Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
Rich and Meaty Lamb Rag├╣
Pot au Feu
Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce

More Good Things to Make in the Slow Cooker
How To Make Fruit Butter in the Slow Cooker
How to Cook Beans in the Slow Cooker
Stock in the Slow Cooker

What's your favorite thing to make in the slow cooker?

(Image: Faith Durand)