Arrange onion slices evenly over the bottom of the slow cooker, and then place the roast on top of the onion. In a bowl, mix together water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and hot sauce; pour over roast.
Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours, or on High for 3 to 4 hours.
I couldn't give this a 5 rating because I more than tripled the seasonings (specially the garlic), and I cut back a little on the sugar/ketchup (which is already pretty sweet). I also cut the vinegar in half. Basically, I used your ingredients and then modified them to our taste. I read the reviews and most of the people whorated it low complained that is was bland. I learned from a friend on this site (sdk999) that when you cook in a slow cooker you have to increase your seasonings and I have to agree.
Fantastic! I bought a roast from M&M meat shops, and defrosted it. I put potatoes in the bottom, covered by an onion, the roast over that, and filled in the sides of the slow cooker with baby carrots. I poured the sauce over top and left it alone. It was FANTASTIC!! I would definitely recommend this to anyone. The pork was tender and juicy. The vegetables were done to perfection!
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