Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken

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This Honey Barbecued Chicken is simple to put together and delicious. It only takes about 4 hours in the slow cooker with just a little prep time. There is a good chance you will have everything on hand to put this recipe together.

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 – 6 bone in chicken thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. • In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, using the oil, cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned; arrange chicken on bottom of slow cooker. Arrange the sliced onion around the chicken thighs.
  2. • In a medium size bowl mix together the remaining ingredients.
  3. • Pour the barbecue mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook for 4 – 5 hours on low or until chicken is almost fall off bone tender.
  4. • Layer a boiler pan with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on the foil and spoon some additional barbecue over the top. Place chicken about 8 inches below the element and broil on high until chicken starts to brown.
  5. (Note: this recipe is very good even if you skip the broiler step)

 

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Ribs Recipe

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These sweet and sour ribs require a little bit of work, but they are delicious and well worth the effort. They are cooked in a slow cooker so they are fall off the bone tender.

If you’re in the mood for ribs give this Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Ribs Recipe a try; they are really good.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Ribs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and coarsely chopped)
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can pineapple juice (6 ounce can of frozen concentrate)
  • 1 jar apricot jelly (12 ounces)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce plus 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar plus 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 racks of baby back ribs about 1 ½ pounds each (halved)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Place onion and red pepper into a food processor and process until finely chopped; transfer mixture to a bowl.
  2. In another bowl mix together the tomato paste, ginger, and garlic.
  3. Using the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and red pepper for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste mixture to the skillet and continue cooking until fragrant and then stir in the pineapple juice, ¼ cup of the soy sauce, ¼ cup vinegar, jelly, sugar, and red pepper flakes; continue cooking until sauce is slightly thickened.
  5. Salt and pepper the ribs and lightly spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Line the ribs around the edges with the wide ends pointing down(kind if making a circle). The ribs will slide down a little bit. Spoon the sauce over the ribs letting some of the sauce run down the back of the ribs. Cook on low 4-5 hours or on high for 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours or until ribs are tender.
  6. Remove ribs to a platter and tent with aluminum foil.
  7. Run the sauce though a strainer to eliminate the solids and defat the juice; discard the solids. (if you don’t have a fat separator pour the mixture into a zip lock bag – when the fat raises to the top poke a small hole in the bottom to drain the juice stopping the draining process before the fat starts to come out of the bag. Discard the fat with the bag).
  8. In a small sauce pan cook the juice over medium heat until reduced to about half. Mix the remaining soy sauce with the cornstarch and stir it into the sauce, cooking and stirring until sauce thickens and then stir in the remaining vinegar.
  9. Slice the ribs between the bones and place them in a large bowl, pour the sauce over the top, and toss the ribs until well coated.
  10. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe

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This is a great recipe that is sure to warm up a cold winter’s night. I served this dish with pasta which reminded a lot of chicken and spaghetti, and because it is cooked in the slow cooker, it freed up a lot of time so I could get some early Christmas shopping done.

This Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe is simple and requires very little prep time.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 5 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms (8 ounces – sliced)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • ¼ cup Merlot
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • You choice of cooked pasta (I used spaghetti)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onion, mushrooms, and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker and then place the chicken thighs on top.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the tomato paste, Merlot, tapioca, sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Serve over pasta sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Note: ¼ cup chicken broth can be used in place of the Merlot.

 

Slow Cooker Tasty Pork Ribs Recipe

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Tender and delicious these Slow Cooker Tasty Pork Ribs are the perfect solution to free up some time if you have a busy day coming up. They take 7 – 8 hours to cook on low or 4 – 5 hours on high. The original recipe calls for bone in ribs but the local market had boneless on sale so I went that route. In short use whatever you have available.

Slow Cooker Tasty Pork Ribs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 country style pork ribs
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix together all the ingredients except for the ribs in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the ribs in the slow cooker and roll in the sauce to coat.
  2. Cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 4-5 or until ribs are fork tender.
  3. Remove ribs to a serving platter and serve topped with the sauce. Can also serve sauce over rice or noodles.

Adapted from tasteofhome cookbook.

 

Slow Cooker Maple Country Style Ribs

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This Slow Cooker Maple Country Style Ribs recipe is very easy to put together requiring almost no prep time, but 7-8 hours in the slow cooker freeing up a lot of time to enjoy a your day. I added 2 teaspoons of instant tapioca to the recipe to thicken the sauce.

Slow Cooker Maple Country Style Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds country style pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all the spices, onion and tapioca together in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the ribs in the slow cooker and turn to coat.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until ribs are melt in your mouth tender.

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Adapted from Allrecipies.com

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

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This is a great one dish recipe if you want to free up some time. There is very little prep time and once it’s in the slow cooker it will take care of itself until supper time.

This recipe uses salsa as one of the ingredients, I used mild, but if you want to turn up the heat a little bit use medium or hot.

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package smoked turkey sausage (12-16 ounces cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can great northern beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are done and sausage is cooked through.
  2. Serve hot.

Adapted from tasteofhome Slow Cooker cookbook

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two

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This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two has very little prep time and doesn’t require many ingredients.

You can have the pork in the slow cooker , ready to cook, in a matter of minutes.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless county style ribs
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour the broth into the slow cooker and add the bacon.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture into the ribs and arrange them into the broth in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook until pork is tender. 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  5. Remove pork from the slow cooker, let cool slightly, and pull apart into bite size pieces using a fork.
  6. Pour broth into a fat separator and reserve ½ cup of the broth. Mix together the broth and the BBQ sauce. Place the pork back into the slow cooker and gradually mix in the BBQ sauce mixture to desired consistency. (I used all the sauce with a little over a pound of pork)

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two

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If you’re cooking for two, and in the mood for chili, but you want to get away from the red meat give this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two recipe a try.

By slow cooking the turkey on low the turkey burger stays nice and moist and the flavors blend perfectly.  If you are cooking for more people just double the recipe.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the turkey into chunks as it cooks; cook until no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered 4 hours on low. (cooking on low keeps the turkey moist)
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two

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Sirloin steak makes an almost perfect stew meat. This Sirloin Steak Tip Stew is a delicious combination of flavors and is very simple to put together. There is very little prep time so you can have it in the slow cooker quickly, and go about your business for the day.

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounces small red potatoes (skin on cut into about 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 carrots (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound sirloin steak tips (cut into 1 ½ inch pieces)
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas (I forgot to put the peas in the dish when I prepared it, and it was still super good, so I will list the peas as optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the oil, tomato paste, garlic, and thyme. Microwave for about 1 minute stirring occasionally; pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Mix in the beef broth, potatoes, carrots, tapioca, soy sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Mix the meat into the mixture, cover, and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours or until meat is tender. (4 – 5 hours on high)
  5. Using a large spoon scoop any excess fat off the top. Add the peas and let sit for about 5 minutes for peas to get heated through.
  6. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Slow Cooker Chili for Two

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This simple slow cooker chili recipe for two doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but takes enough time to cook in the slow cooker so you can get some things done while it’s cooking.  The chili is a little on the spicy side, but for me was just right. If you want to add a little more heat increase the amount of chipotle chili in adobo sauce or add some cayenne pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Chili for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce (minced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the ground beef, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the burger into chunks as it cooks; cook until burger is no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered for 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook