America Chooses First-Ever Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star

  America Chooses First-Ever Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star

          Mark McDonald Turns Slow Cooking Passion into Instant Fame

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- January 15, 2013

America, meet Mark McDonald. This slow cooking Ironman was recently named the
grand prize winner in the Crock-Pot® brand’s first-ever nationwide search for
the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star! America voted overwhelmingly for Mark
McDonald’s slow cooker recipe for Ancho Chili & Lime Pork Tacos, catapulting
the 30-year-old Cincinnati resident onto the national scene. As the grand
prize winner, McDonald will appear as a special guest on Cooking Channel’s
“From The Kitchens Of” show where he will showcase his slow cooking savvy as
the first-ever Ultimate Crock-Pot CrockStar in front of millions of viewers.
Be sure to tune in to watch Mark in action when the show airs on January 20,

Get the recipe for Mark McDonald’s winning "Ancho Chili & Lime Pork Tacos" on
Cooking Channel’s “Fro ...

Get the recipe for Mark McDonald’s winning "Ancho Chili & Lime Pork Tacos" on
Cooking Channel’s “From The Kitchens Of” show airing on January 20, 2013.
(Photo: Business Wire)

“America voted for Mark based on his flavorful and inspiring original slow
cooker recipe,” stated Cheryl Punk, Group Consumer Marketing Manager for
Appliances at Jarden Consumer Solutions. “Americans love slow cooking. The
Crock-Pot® brand has a robust online community that brings consumers like Mark
together to share everything from entertaining ideas, slow cooking tips &
tricks, photos and special moments.”

A favorite of busy moms, Mark received his first Crock-Pot® slow cooker just
13 months ago from his own mother! Though mom provided initial guidance, he
says “mostly trial and error” led him to become the savvy slow cooking
enthusiast he is today. “Experimentation using a variety of ingredients and
flavors I enjoy led to some of the best meals I’ve ever had,” he stated. “All
cooked low and slow while I was at work, and were hot and ready to enjoy by
evening. I particularly love slow cooked meats, because all cuts, even the
most economical, become melt-in-your-mouth tender.”

McDonald uses his Crock-Pot® slow cooker at least twice a week for weeknight
meals, which is his favorite brand of slow cooker. Plus, he hosts “Crock-Pot
Sunday,” or CPS, at his home each week, inviting friends and family to sample
his new, original slow cooker recipes. He says, “This has transformed Sunday
from ‘the dreary day before work starts again’ to ‘the day we all look forward
to all week long’.” Demonstrating the product’s ease of use and versatility,
McDonald says his weekly CPS events are transforming some of his friends and
family into new Crock-Pot® fans and slow cooker users.

McDonald is very active. In addition to holding down a full-time job, he is a
tri-athlete who trains hard and competes in Ironman competitions around the
country. He also plays men’s league soccer, and is a member of a recreational
co-ed kickball team, which he says he is slowly getting to embrace Crock-Pot®
slow cooking too.

Consumers can visit the brand’s newly-designed, interactive website,  for added inspiration. The site features new and exclusive
products, more than 800 recipes, and an all-new “Daily Dish” section where
consumers can share stories about their favorite recipes, family photos,
entertaining ideas, and more.

Crock-Pot® slow cookers can be purchased online at the all-new 
and at retail stores including Wal-Mart, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Remember to “Like” the Crock-Pot® brand on Facebook  for special product
offers and upcoming brand news.

                   Mark McDonald’s Winning Original Recipe:

                        Ancho Chili & Lime Pork Tacos


  *4-6 lb Bone-in Pork Shoulder (or rack of bone-in pork chops)
  *Red onion
  *White onion
  *Ancho-chili paste (Mexican grocery stores sell a one-ounce packet for
    about $1.50)
  *Limes (or lime juice)
  *Plantain leaves (Mexican grocery stores)
  *Taco fixins (tortillas, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, hot sauce,

**Regarding hot sauce, Mexican grocery stores have a brand called Picamas that
is the single best hot sauce I have ever had.


  *Line the Crock-Pot® slow cooker with 2 plantain leaves. Put one across it
    lengthwise and one sideways.
  *Place the pork shoulder on top of the leaves.
  *Combine ancho-chili paste in a bowl with 2 cups lime juice and salt to
    taste. Use a spoon or your hands to work into a slushy liquid.
  *Pour the ancho-chili solution over the top of the pork.
  *Chop up the white onion and layer it on top of the pork.
  *Wrap the plantain leaves over the top of the pork to seal it off and put
    the lid on the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.
  *Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  *While meat is cooking, chop up the red onion and allow it to soak in lime
    juice. The resulting pickled red onions are somewhat sweet and completely
  *When it is nearly time to eat, prepare the rice. Mix it with fresh
    cilantro, fresh lime juice, and salt. Add butter if desired. Measurements
    on this will vary depending on taste.
  *Use the meat, onions, rice and fixins to make tacos.
  *Have your mind blown.
  *Mariachi music optional.

About Jarden Corporation

Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer
products with a portfolio of over 100 trusted, quality brands sold globally.
Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well
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Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bernardin®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®,
Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®,
Lehigh®, Lillo®, Loew Cornell®, Mapa®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®, Quickie®,
Spontex® and Tigex®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden ranks #371 on the
Fortune 500 and has over 23,000 employees worldwide. For in-depth information
about Jarden, please visit

About Cooking Channel

Cooking Channel ( is an entertainment brand dedicated
to today’s passionate food lover. For food people, by food people, Cooking
Channel is the answer to a growing hunger for more content devoted to food and
cooking in every dimension from global cuisines to international travel,
history and unconventional how-to’s. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI),
which also owns and operates DIY Network (, Food Network
(, Great American Country (, HGTV
( and Travel Channel (, is the manager and
general partner.

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