Are You America’s Next Pork Crock-Star?

“With the slow cooker and pork, it is so easy to prepare family favorites that get everyone around the table.   Plus, pork pairs well with so many flavors, home cooks can experiment with different ingredients to find the next family favorite.” –Susan Westmoreland

Contrary to the popular belief of my BBQ buddies I do not hate slow-cookers.  If the truth be known I even own one and use it.  For me slow-cookers equate to comfort food and there’s nothing more comforting than a great meal with your family.  The National Pork Board has teamed up with Good Housekeeping and it’s Food Director, Susan Westmoreland to encourage you to take a new look at and share your favorite one pot meals.  They are joining forces to kick off the 2011 Slow Cooker Season with a fantastic contest.

If you are a home cook you are invited to show off your unique twists on classic slow cooker recipes.  If you win, you’ll win big!  Grand prize is $2,000.00 and a six month supply of pork.

Entering the contest is as easy as one, two, three…

Step 1:  Starting today, submit an original slow cooker pork recipe at www.PorkBeInspired.com into one of four categories:  Pork Chili, Soups and Stews, Pulled and Barbeque Pork , Pork Roast, and Pork Inspiration (miscellaneous category).

Step 2: Rally friends and family to help vote for your recipe.  Pork fans will determine the 20 finalists, five in each of the four categories.

Step 3: One finalist in each category will ultimately be crowned one of “America’s Next Pork Crock-Stars” by a panel of judges, including Westmoreland and last year’s Pork Crock-Star winner, Linda Cifuentes.

For official rules and regulations visit www.PorkBeInspired.com

In addition, to celebrate the “America’s Next Pork Crock-Stars” contest, the National Pork Board is giving away a free slow cooker and $25 worth of pork every day throughout the month of October. Be sure to “like” Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and follow @AllAboutPork on Twitter for your chance to be one of the lucky daily winners.

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