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Old 02-06-17, 09:54 AM   #1
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Very easy crock pot recipes

So, I am just getting into this method of cooking, but I want to keep it simple:

Pile on the layers, go play golf, come back and serve.

So, I would like to see what you all make in the crock pot in this spirit of simplicity.

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Here are a couple recipes I have used recently with success:

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe! - The Frugal Girls

^Chicken and dumplings; I tripled the bacon, because it's bacon.

Crock Pot Beef Stew My Way - Album on Imgur

^Beef stew; I left out the cabbage, because it's cabbage.
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geta presure coooker its like a turbo crock pot
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When I had a source for it, I would cook venison with some vegetables in the crock pot. I'd start it before work, and come home to 2 carnivores with bloodlust in their eyes patrolling the floor by it. I also make chili and chicken in there, mainly by adding the ingredients, enough water or stock to cover the ingredients and then half an hour on high and 8 hours on low.
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Wifey uses it for chili, old reliable chicken soup & a mexican "taco soup". other stuff too, just can't think of the others right now
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Country ribs, roasts, and the like. The old Rival brand crock pot I have doesn't have enough power on low. I always put it on high for the first 4 of 8 or so hours. Some of the new designs are programmable...they'll adjust their temp midway or whatever you've programmed. Although I typically like to be around (not at work or asleep) so that I can toss potatoes, carrots, onions, etc in with ~2hrs to go...so they don't end up as mush.
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Slow Cooker Ribs

Season ribs with salt and pepper. I just get the pre-rubbed ribs @ Costco



Pour a little water (1/2 cup) into slow cooker. ... I also use a Vegetable steamer to keep the ribs out of water/grease that forms at the bottom of cooker.
Cook on High for 4 to 6 hours (or Low for 8 hours). About a 75-mile rides worth.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Transfer ribs to a baking sheet. ...
Bake in preheated oven until the sauce caramelizes and sticks to the meat, 10 to 15 minutes.

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Can't really beat the simplicity of pulled pork or bbq beef in the crock pot. Your choice of cut, add in a sweet onion and veggies if you'd like, use anything from apple cider vinegar to dr. pepper as the liquid. Cook until falling apart, add the sauce of your choice.
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I do corned beef in my slow cooker.
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Can't really beat the simplicity of pulled pork or bbq beef in the crock pot. Your choice of cut, add in a sweet onion and veggies if you'd like, use anything from apple cider vinegar to dr. pepper as the liquid. Cook until falling apart, add the sauce of your choice.
I do the same method, but use a full flavored beer AND some soda as well. I agree, it cannot be beat.
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Can't really beat the simplicity of pulled pork or bbq beef in the crock pot. Your choice of cut, add in a sweet onion and veggies if you'd like, use anything from apple cider vinegar to dr. pepper as the liquid. Cook until falling apart, add the sauce of your choice.
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I do the same method, but use a full flavored beer AND some soda as well. I agree, it cannot be beat.
I tend to use root beer (or occasionally coke), I'm not sure it really matters all that much. Sometimes, I take a portion of it after shredding (and adding a little seasoning) and put it on a single layer on a cookie sheet until it gets a little crust on top to make carnitas.
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Can't really beat the simplicity of pulled pork or bbq beef in the crock pot. Your choice of cut, add in a sweet onion and veggies if you'd like, use anything from apple cider vinegar to dr. pepper as the liquid. Cook until falling apart, add the sauce of your choice.
I see several good ideas in here so far, but I think this will be my next test. I am thinking pork with diced pineapples as the liquid, with onions.

Do you spice it before cooking, or just leave the heat to the sauce?

edit: google delivers...

http://momswithcrockpots.com/crockpo...e-pulled-pork/
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I see several good ideas in here so far, but I think this will be my next test. I am thinking pork with diced pineapples as the liquid, with onions.

Do you spice it before cooking, or just leave the heat to the sauce?

edit: google delivers...

Crockpot Pineapple Pulled Pork - Moms with Crockpots
Mmm that sounds delicious. I usually lightly season it pretty much just with salt/pepper/garlic/onion. Depending on the sauce/style I'll throw some brown sugar in there.

With that recipe some sweet vidalia BBQ sauce might be good.
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Crockpot + canned chili + cream cheese + stir = awesome dip for tortilla chips. Great for bringing to a casual party.

Also, check out a book called "Dinner Doctor" by Anne Byrn, I see amazon has used copies for $4 (1c + $3.99 shipping). We got one from a white elephant party. There's a lot of crock pot recipes in there, and the whole book is quick&easy. One we've been enjoying a lot is "Hearty Lentil and Sausage Stew" (sausage=kielbasa). You can actually see the full recipe if you search for "lentil" in amazon's Look Inside This Book.

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I have these sites bookmarked but haven't had much of a look at them yet:
77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes | Greatist
Easy Crock Pot Recipes | Simple recipes for the crock pot


I haven't tried these ones yet:
https://www.verywell.com/healthy-slo...cheese-4077131
Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Meatballs - Slender Kitchen
Sunday Slow Cooker: Red Lentil, Curry, and Carrot Stew - Slender Kitchen
Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup | Skinnytaste


I have tried variations of these and they turned out well:
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili | Skinnytaste
Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower - Slender Kitchen
Sunday Slow Cooker: Cheesy Cauliflower Soup - Slender Kitchen ... this could have been thicker
Sunday Slow Cooker: Saag Paneer - Slender Kitchen ... you do need to drain the spinach, and might need to do something to thicken it a bit. Also play with the spices to taste.
Sunday Slow Cooker: Thai Curry Ground Beef - Slender Kitchen


I've also used some of these ... they've got recipes on the back which I use as a guideline:
http://www.mccormick.com.au/Products...s/Slow-Cookers


And I need to get ahold of an immersion blender. It's next on the kitchen list.
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Wifey added:

pasta fagioli
any kind of soup
tomato / pasta sauce
a whole chicken

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Chicken breast covered with salsa on low until it's falling apart (usually 4-6 hours). Stupid easy.

Cream cheese, tomatoes with green chilies (Ro-Tel) and browned crumbled sausage. Low until the cream cheese melts. Also stupid easy.

Pork shoulder covered in your favorite BBQ sauce 250 degrees for 12 hours. Totally worth it, falling apart delicious and smells so good.


Don't make things harder than they have to be. Put in your favorite meat, cover it with some kind of sauce, cook it on low until it falls apart.
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Ribs - I have a rectangular West Bend. Pull from freezer, remove silver skin from bottom. cut rack in half, rub from local spice shop, set in cooker first piece down next piece up, add a little water, run on medium all day. Come home from work, pull out, put on baking pan, sauce up, put in 250 oven for 10-20 min until the sauce stiffens up.

Italian beef for party sandwiches - Day before thrown a roast in there with a little water and a package of zesty italian dry dressing mix, a jar of pepperoncini with liquid. Maybe cut up a red & green pepper, and small onion and throw in halfway or so. Run on low all day, slice up, throw back in and in the fridge. A few hours before party put back on to warm.

Pork chops - A little salt & pepper, can of condensed mushroom soup, go to work. Serve over noodles.
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My 25 year old crock pot has developed a small crack in the crock and I'm afraid to use it anymore. I guess it's now an old crack pot belonging to an old crack pot.
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^I have to try that one.

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So, I found the holy grail of easy: Chicken Bacon Ranch.

^That's actually the recipe.



4 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast, 1 pound bacon, 3 tablespoons ranch dressing mix.



Put in the chicken, top with 2 tblsp ranch mix.



Cover with bacon, top with 1 tblsp ranch.

Cook 8 hours on low, pour off liquid (mostly bacon grease) and shred the chicken and bacon.



Serve on tortillas with cheese, fresh spinach and dressing. Tastes great the next day, too (30 sec in microwave). It makes about 20, and two is a meal. They keep well in the fridge, or maybe leave out the spinach to freeze and add it fresh later.
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Sacrilege! Heathen!

Slow cookers are great for many things but if you want smoked meats you need to do it for real. Cook extra then vacuum seal & freeze. Makes weeknight meals super quick and easy.

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^I have to try that one.

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So, I found the holy grail of easy: Chicken Bacon Ranch.

^That's actually the recipe.



4 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast, 1 pound bacon, 3 tablespoons ranch dressing mix.



Put in the chicken, top with 2 tblsp ranch mix.



Cover with bacon, top with 1 tblsp ranch.

Cook 8 hours on low, pour off liquid (mostly bacon grease) and shred the chicken and bacon.



Serve on tortillas with cheese, fresh spinach and dressing. Tastes great the next day, too (30 sec in microwave). It makes about 20, and two is a meal. They keep well in the fridge, or maybe leave out the spinach to freeze and add it fresh later.
That sounds amazing
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I'm suspicious, with the Chicken Bacon Ranch, does the bacon end up all flabby? Or does the fat all render away and leave just the cooked meat parts of the bacon?

Speaking of bacon grease, pasta carbonara is a go-to in our house (not in a crockpot tho), and every time we make it we add the rendered bacon fat to a mason jar we keep in the fridge. I don't know how many years it's been since we fried eggs etc with anything except bacon fat. Yum.

Protip: grilled cheese made with BACON FAT instead of butter (a) doesn't burn so easily, and (b) gets really crispity crunchity.
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