Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs

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I haven’t posted in a while for several reasons. One, my son turned one this past weekend and I’ve been in party planning mode. Two, Kentucky had a bout of intense heat and humidity and I wasn’t really cooking. I live in an older home with crap insulation and it easily got up to 80 degrees in here. I couldn’t take it anymore, we bought a window AC unit for the kitchen (just in time for the temperature to drop, of course) and that really helps! Anyway, off topic….

Ribs. Love them. This is seriously the easiest dish you can make. You can even use a slow cooker liner to help with clean-up. Easy peasy.

I originally found this recipe on pinterest. Source

Ingredients:

1 package of country style ribs, about 6 pieces
18 oz package of BBQ sauce
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion
Liquid Smoke
Salt & pepper to taste


Slice the onion and smash the garlic with your knife. Spread out in bottom of slow cooker.

Top with ribs, salt and pepper to taste.

Add a couple drops of liquid smoke to the meat.

Pour entire package of BBQ sauce over ribs.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

 

 

 

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Slow Cooker Garlic Pork Loin

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This yummy dish was made on a whim. I needed a loin recipe and wasn’t in the mood for any of my favorites. It was a gamble that paid off! I always have a pork loin in my freezer because I’ll buy a whole loin and cut pork chops from it. The rest I use for a roast. It saves me a lot of money doing it this way and I prefer the chops I cut over the store cut ones. I usually end up with some chunks of stew meat to store in my freezer as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb. pork loin
  • 1 large onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp seasoning blend of your choice. ( I REALLY like Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb)

-Lay onion slices on bottom of crockpot & place loin on top.

-Take 1/2 tbsp of seasoning & sprinkle over loin.

-Pour broth over top then sprinkle remaining 1/2 tbsp seasoning.

-Top with garlic, leaving majority of it resting on top.

-Cover & cook on low for 6 hours.

-Carefully remove to cutting board & slice. Top with cooked onions if prefered.

Slow Cooker 40 Clove Garlic Chicken

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Sounds garlicky doesn’t it? This dish was delicious without being overwhelming.  I actually doubled the recipe to make lunches for the next couple days for the boyfriend. 80 cloves of garlic! I also omitted the potatoes because my crockpot barely even fit the 16 drumsticks. I’ll just give you the original recipe though. Pro tip: just purchase the pre-peeled kind, save yourself the trouble. I found this recipe here: http://www.simplystacie.net/2016/09/slow-cooker-40-clove-garlic-chicken/. Once again, it was a Pinterest find. Per usual.

Ingredients:

  • 8 drumsticks
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cups mini potatoes
  • 40 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste

-Grease crockpot with cooking spray.

-Add bouillon cubes, lemon juice, & water.

-Cover with sliced onions.

– Place drumsticks on top of onions.

-Top with potatoes, garlic, thyme, salt, & pepper.

-Cover & cook on low for 8-10, high for 6.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

whole chickenYes, it’s true! You really can crockpot a whole chicken. This is the ultimate set it and forget it. Plus side, you can make this into several meals.

Ingredients:

  • Whole chicken
  • Seasoning mix of your choice (I like Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb)

-Remove the innards and pat chicken dry with paper towel.

-Make 4 aluminum foil balls for the chicken to sit on. They should be big enough to keep meat from sitting on the bottom. I also spray the sides of my crockpot with cooking spray in case the chicken touches anywhere. Believe me, it will stick if not.

-Liberally season inside and out with seasoning of your choice.

-Set chicken on foil balls and cover with lid. Cook on high for up to 4.5 hours or until internal temperature is 165 degrees. I always check mine after 3.5 hours.

-Remove to cutting board and slice away!!

Note: I always brine my chicken for 6-8 hours before cooking.