Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Ok, I’ve always been skeptical about making a whole chicken in a crock pot. I think it’s because I LOVE roasting them …but, today, I decided to give it a go. It’s super easy and it’s freaking good. Tender, juicy and perfectly flavorful. Enjoy!!

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Ingredients/How To:

  • 1 whole chicken, 4-5 lbs (I get the two pack organic from Costco); rinsed and patted dry, take out giblets
  • 1 onion, chopped and placed in bottom of crock pot

Season/dry rub of choice:

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt/pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Mix the rub together well, rub all over chicken, dump some in cavity.

Once you rub-a-dub-dub the chicken, placed breast side down in the crock pot, on top of the onions. Put on high for 4.5 hours. Viola, you are done.

Crock Pot Kalua Pork

Thank you once again, Nom Nom Paleo!!! This was DELICIOUS. And easy!

I followed the recipe exactly as she did it – didn’t want to screw it up. This was the easiest, most flavorful meat I’ve done in the crock pot – seriously. It was great. It’s all about the Hawaiian Sea Salt…in my eyes, anyway. But I love salt, so there. Anyhoo…

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http://nomnompaleo.com/post/10031990774/slow-cooker-kalua-pig

On the meat – bought a two pack pork butt at Costco. It was perfect, didn’t have to trim any fat and the size was perfect for a 6qt crock pot. I’m very excited to have this as leftovers in cabbage cups with shredded carrots, jicima, red onions and some sauce….can’t wait.

Enjoy!!! And thank you Michelle Tam!

Crock Pot Pollo Con Salsa Roja

Another great recipe from Sarah Fragraso! Check it out here. Per usual, I modified. I made my own enchilada sauce and added way more garlic to name a couple things.

This recipe looks appealing, gorgeous with the red of the sauce and the green of the avocado…but what really attracted me to this recipe was that fact that it’s made in a crock pot. I’ve got it ready to go for tomorrow’s dinner. Can’t wait.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs – I used four larger breasts
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 7 celery stalks diced
  • 2 cups carrots, diced
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves of garlic  minced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped
  • 2 avocados diced

Sauce:

  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder

Mix the above well. I used my vitamix.

In the bottom of your slow cooker, layer the carrots, celery, and onions and top with the minced garlic.  On top of the veggies layer your chicken, squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken, and pour the sauce on top.  Cook on low all day (6-8 hours).  Serve topped with the diced avocado and cilantro.

I am going to pair this with a coleslaw…check it out here.

Enjoy!

Spicy Apple Pulled Pork

Made this for Easter dinner and it was nummy! I love pulled pork because its easy and good and you can make enough for 8 people with a crockpot. Love that.

I used a rub I whipped together for our chickens when we smoke them – turns out, it’s just as good on pulled pork.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

Feeds at least 6-8 adults.

  • Crock Pot
  • 2 pkgs of pork tenderloin (you get the two packs from costco – this was the only pork I had in my fridge, so used it. This will work on your normal pulled pork cuts)
  • 2 white onions, sliced thin
  • 2 granny smith apples, sliced thin
  • 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce (note, I think you’d be just fine using all stewed or all sauce – your call. I loved the consistency of this combo)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic

RUB: On the rub, don’t be shy. Use it at least half of it, save whatever you don’t use in an air tight container.

  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground red pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt

How to:

  1. Take the rub and rub a dub dub on your pork. Don’t be shy! Really rub it.
  2. Take a layer of sliced onions, 2 cloves garlic, and apple and place on bottom of Crock Pot.
  3. Take some rubbed meat, place on top of goodies.
  4. Take another layer of onions, apple and garlic, place more meat on top of it.
  5. Pour tomato goodness all over, make sure all is well covered.
  6. Cook on ‘high’ setting for four hours.
  7. When the ‘high’ cook is done, switch meat around – place stuff on bottom on top, mix well, make sure sauce covers.
  8. Place on ‘low’ heat setting for 6-8 hours*.
  9. Enjoy!

*Note: I think this would be just fine on low for 8-10 hours. Just make sure, at least once, you switch the layered meat around just to make sure all gets evenly cooked.

Caraway Pork Stew

I wasn’t exactly sure how this would turn out…I love caraway, but it’s an interesting spice I don’t have much experience with. I decided to throw caution to the wind and use it in this stew.

I was loving the crock pot this week – seriously – I cannot believe how convenient this tool is. Life is busy, this piece in the kitchen makes it a tad easier. This was a good “I’ve got to clean out the fridge” type of soup. Easy, flavorful, and even better the next day. ENJOY!!

  • 1 lb ground pork, cooked w/salt and pepper
  • 1 yam, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red or orange pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch of curly kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1.5 tsp ground caraway
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1-2 cans of water (depending on how thick or not you want this)
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To:

  1. Cook your meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Put all the other stuff in crock pot.
  3. Add cooked meat.
  4. Mix.
  5. Turn on 6-8 hours.
  6. Done.