Thursday, February 26, 2009

Weeknight BBQ Bonanza!



I've been thinking, the humble crockpot deserves a better reputation than it has. Nothing beats a crock pot when it comes to the flavor and texture of slow-cooked meats in savory sauce. Fantastic! And on those nights I have to work till 7pm, nothing beats coming home hungry to a nice, hot dinner, ready for eating. :)

This chicken recipe is embarrassingly easy, yet one of the most popular dishes in my home. It's a slam-dunk every single time.

DINNER MENU:
Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Fiesta Slaw





CROCKPOT BBQ PULLED CHICKEN

2-4 boneless chicken or turkey breasts
1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce (or make your own - simple recipe below!)

Season meat with a little salt and pepper. Throw it in the crocpot. Pour BBQ sauce all over the top. Turn it on low. Go to work and fuggedaboudit. (But then remember it after 6-10 hours)

When you are ready to eat, do this:

1. Turn off crock pot. Take two forks, and pull the meat apart into nice juicy strands. Stir it up to evenly distribute the sauce.

2. Prick a few washed and dried yams with a fork, throw 'em in the microwave and cook on high for 6-10 minutes. Check them half way through. When a fork is inserted easily, they are done.

3. While the potatoes are microwaving, make the coleslaw:

FIESTA SLAW



Ingredients

For the dressing:

2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
20 grinds fresh black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:
A big bag of pre-shredded coleslaw mix
(or 1 small green and a ½ a red head of cabbage, shredded by you)
1 (15-ounce) can corn kernels, drained
1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed, dried, and finely chopped
1 bunch scallions, washed, dried, and thinly sliced into rounds


Directions

Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Keep refrigerated and covered until ready to use.

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE

2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar (OR molasses OR honey OR real maple syrup)
5-10 grinds fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard or mustard powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or lime or OJ)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
dash cayenne pepper (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and pour over chicken in crockpot.

TO PLATE THE DINNER:

You can have the pulled chicken on hamburger buns for a slammin' sandwhich, but I really love to pile the meat on top of the split, baked yam. It makes a nice-looking boat on the plate. :)
Pile a mound of slaw on the side.

Eat it up. Smile. :)
Bring leftovers to work for lunch the next day. Smile again. :)

4 comments:

heather said...

that looks so good and is making me crave bbq at 8:30 in the morning!

flappergirl said...

Hey Heather! I think I must have been craving BBQ at 8:30am too cuz that's right about when I threw mine into the crock pot! I love your blog, by the way. :)

Jessica Martiele said...

Okay, I can't even tell you, I had the same thing (in beef) yesterday at a friend's house for lunch! She said it was a chuck roast in the crockpot on low for 8 hours covered in a bottle of Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce. I swore to make it this weekend, but then got to rethinking the feedlot beef...and then I hop on here and...VOILA! CHICKEN! Stinking BRILLIANT, as usual, and amazingly enough, that slaw looks EVEN BETTER! SCHLOPPY CHICKEN JOES, here we come!!! Thanks, Flappergirl!

flappergirl said...

Hi Jessica!
I've heard that Jack Daniels BBQ sauce is very good. If you make it, lemme know how it turns out. I love your recipe name "Schloppy Chicken Joes"! :-P

 
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