Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ridiculously Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Using a slow cooker is a good way to spend a few minutes throwing together a meal that you can then ignore until dinner time. Sometimes, though, the recipes for slow cooker meals get so complicated that you spend as much time prepping as if you just cooked a meal yourself!

In that spirit, here are some ridiculously easy things I make in my slow cooker.

Spare Ribs

Take a package of thawed spare ribs and throw them in your slow cooker. Dump a bottle of bbq sauce on top and leave it on low for 8 hours. (My husband loves this one.)

Pulled Pork

Put a thawed pork shoulder in your slow cooker. Dump a bottle of bbq sauce on it. Put it on low for 8 hours. When it is done, use two forks to shred the pork into ragged pieces. Put them on a roll or hamburger bun and you have pulled pork sandwiches.  You can also substitute a bottle of root beer for the bbq sauce to give it a sweeter flavor.

Shredded Chicken

Do the same as above but substitute thawed, boneless chicken breasts for the pork shoulder.

Salsa Chicken

Put thawed skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Dump a bottle of salsa on it. Let cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Shred with 2 forks and serve on a tortilla shell.

Slightly More Complicated

Pot Roast

I wash and chop a few potatoes and large carrots. (Some people include onions as well.) I put them on the bottom of the slow cooker and put a thawed pot roast on top. (As you are slow cooking it, you can use a cheap cut of meat and still have it come out well.) I sprinkle it with a package of onion soup mix and pour one cup of water or beef broth on top. I like to let this one cook for hours and hours. It will be done after 8 but it just gets more tender as you leave it.