Cooler nights and colorful leaves can only mean one thing – slow cooker weather! Even with demanding schedules, slow cookers can cook easy-to-make meals to warm up those brisk, autumn evenings and bring families together.  Now the National Pork Board has teamed up with Good Housekeeping in asking home cooks to team to let pork inspire them to become one of “America’s Next Pork Crock-Stars.”

Home cooks of all experiences – from the seasoned slow cooker expert to the nervous novice – are encouraged to show off their unique twists on classic slow cooker recipes for a chance to win big, including $2,000 and a six-month supply of pork.

Good Housekeeping Food Director Susan Westmoreland encourages Americans to share their favorite fool-proof one-pot wonders.

"With the slow cooker and pork, it is so easy to prepare family favorites that get everyone around the table," said Westmoreland in a press release. "Plus, since pork pairs well with so many flavors, home cooks can experiment with different ingredient combinations to find the next family favorite."

How to Enter

Once you have an original recipe in mind, submitting your entry is easy:

  1. Submit your original slow cooker pork recipe at into one of four categories:
  2. Rally your friends and family to vote for your recipe. Pork fans will determine the 20 finalists, five in each of the four categories
  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

In addition, 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” the Pork Be Inspired Facebook page and follow @AllAboutPork on Twitter for your chance to be one of the lucky daily winners.

Source: National Pork Board

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