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2014-07-24 03:09:34 PM  
We use the crockpot semi-regularly.

On any crockpot recipe I get online, I basically half the salt. So many crockpot recipes call for way, way too much salt.
 
2014-07-24 03:10:15 PM  
mmmm crockpots.  Bring it peeplez I need me some recipes!  I've only recently gotten interested in crock pot cooking.
 
2014-07-24 03:10:28 PM  
I've been visiting r/slowcooking lately because my food has been coming out bland. I think I'm underseasoning/overcooking the meats. So, I'm not really the person to ask.
 
2014-07-24 03:13:22 PM  
I like making chile verde with pork and tomatillos

or pulled pork

or short ribs braised in red wine with swiss chard and fennel and mushrooms
 
2014-07-24 03:15:05 PM  
i was saying just recnetly, my wife made a farking fantastic shredded pork that was either root beer or perhaps dr. pepper based sauce, which is i guess a southern thing.  one of her patients gave her the recipe.  the meat was cock potted but i don't really remember if the roto beer or whatever went in at the start or end.  you could fine the reciep online i imagine.  it was delicious.  sweet but hearty, like i'm guessing the sauce was 2-3 cans of whatever soda we had and prob equal amount of BBQ sauce.  to die for!
 
2014-07-24 03:15:40 PM  
I need a good, tasty and easy recipe that I would start when I go to work, and its done by the time I get back.

Oh, and its healthy.
 
2014-07-24 03:15:42 PM  
I'm still kind of Crock-Pot-phobic due to far too many dry pot roasts and soupy flavorless chicken dishes in my youth, but I've managed to find a few things it does exceedingly well.

These Crock-Pot Korean Style Ribs are just ridiculous...

Ingredients

½ cup soy sauce
⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (I used a dash of ground ginger)
4 cloves of crushed garlic
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
4-5 pounds pork short ribs
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cold water
4 cups cooked rice (for serving)

Instructions
1. Mix together the soy sauce, sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, crushed garlic, and red pepper in a small bowl. Place ribs in a 5-quarter slow cooker and pour the sauce over it. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 9 hours.

2. Transfer the ribs to a platter, and skim and discard excess fat from liquid. Place back into the crock pot (with the crock pot turned to "off") to keep warm.

3. Place the liquid into a saucepan, combine cornstarch and water and add it to the liquid. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove meat from ribs or serve on the bone, place them over rice and top with sauce, green onions and sesame seeds.

These Crock-Pot Carnitas are no substitute for the real thing, but they're absolutely delicious nonetheless...

Ingredients
4-5 lbs. pork shoulder
5 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce (optional)
juice of 2 limes
½ cup orange juice
12 ounces beer
½ cup salsa (I like to use a less chunky one)

Instructions

1. Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Roughly chop the garlic and place in the slow cooker (I actually kind of rubbed it onto the meat to get as much garlic flavor as possible, but you could just toss it in, too).

2. Sprinkle the meat with salt, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and cayenne. Rub seasonings onto the pork.
Add lime juice, orange juice, beer, and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

3. Shred meat with two forks directly in the slow cooker (or take out, shred, and replace in sauce). It should fall apart easily.

4. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the shredded meat on the cooking sheet and pour a few spoonfuls of sauce over the top. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until you get browned edges on the pork.

5. Serve on tortillas with fresh cilantro, avocado, and lime juice.
 
2014-07-24 03:15:51 PM  

Rev.K: I basically half the salt.



Accidentally?
 
2014-07-24 03:18:11 PM  
I'm not subby, but I would love some simple recipes myself.  Everything I've made in the crockpot always comes out kinda bland or uninteresting.  I even bought a stupid crockpot recipe book but everything is just... meh.  Or way too complicated since I have to a bunch of prep which kinda defeats the point to me.

That said, I do make tasty shredded chicken in the crockpot which I then use to make enchiladas or a variation of ahab's quinoa casserole (too lazy to link).
 
2014-07-24 03:18:11 PM  
Huh, I pulled a roast out of the freezer this morning to crockpot tomorrow...

/you no get my secrets!
 
2014-07-24 03:19:25 PM  

rickythepenguin: Accidentally?


Nope, on purpose.

We had a crockpot recipe for beef and broccoli that called for a cup, 1 CUP of soy sauce. Let that sh*t simmer all day and all you get is salt stew.
 
2014-07-24 03:20:56 PM  
Oh man. I'm gonna use the crap out of my crock pot when I've moved into my new place with more than 9 sq ft of useable counter space. I'm actually looking at tiny crock pots for cooking steel cut oats overnight since I don't need 9 cups for myself at once.
 
2014-07-24 03:21:41 PM  
I always use mine, almost exclusively, for making charro beans. I don't really measure, but I'll give a rundown of the ingredients...

Dry Pinto Beans
Chicken Stock
Beer (Tecate),
Chipotles in Adobo
Onion
Tomato
Cilantro
Cumin
Mexican Oregano
Bacon

Put it all in a the crockpot, cook on low for 8 hours.
 
2014-07-24 03:23:01 PM  
I like getting all the thowaway cheese bits from the Polish Deli up the street pouring a bit of white wine or dark beer garlic, mustard powder, some lemon.  A crusty baguette.

Boom!  Hobo-styling with the Crockpot fondue.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 03:26:24 PM  
I have the last crock pot thread favorite if anyone wants to see some history.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 03:27:04 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: Huh, I pulled a roast out of the freezer this morning to crockpot tomorrow...

/you no get my secrets!


If I have to torture you I promise I'll enjoy it.
 
2014-07-24 03:27:20 PM  

PolloDiablo: I always use mine, almost exclusively, for making charro beans. I don't really measure, but I'll give a rundown of the ingredients...

Dry Pinto Beans
Chicken Stock
Beer (Tecate),
Chipotles in Adobo
Onion
Tomato
Cilantro
Cumin
Mexican Oregano
Bacon

Put it all in a the crockpot, cook on low for 8 hours.


for dishes like this, I always use a liberal amount of this

ep.yimg.com

which generally includes

chili powder
garlic powder or flakes
dried onion flakes
basil
thyme or rosemary
chopped dried orange peel (optional)
ground cumin
dry powdered mustard
oregano
cinnamon
nutmeg
cumin seed
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 03:30:15 PM  

soosh: PolloDiablo: I always use mine, almost exclusively, for making charro beans. I don't really measure, but I'll give a rundown of the ingredients...

Dry Pinto Beans
Chicken Stock
Beer (Tecate),
Chipotles in Adobo
Onion
Tomato
Cilantro
Cumin
Mexican Oregano
Bacon

Put it all in a the crockpot, cook on low for 8 hours.

for dishes like this, I always use a liberal amount of this

[ep.yimg.com image 288x320]

which generally includes

chili powder
garlic powder or flakes
dried onion flakes
basil
thyme or rosemary
chopped dried orange peel (optional)
ground cumin
dry powdered mustard
oregano
cinnamon
nutmeg
cumin seed


Made with fresh..
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-24 03:30:35 PM  
A TFette gave me her mother's Crock Pot pot roast recipe and IMHO it's not just the best I've tasted, but the easiest too.

Ingredients

3-4 lb boneless chuck roast
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix (I prefer the zesty variety, but the original is fine too)
1/2 packet au jus gravy mix (no more or your roast will be too salty)

Put roast in bottom of Crock Pot. Sprinkle Italian dressing mix & au jus gravy mix over the top of roast. Put lid on Crock Pot and cook on low for 10 hours.
 
2014-07-24 03:30:46 PM  

DGS: CapeFearCadaver: Huh, I pulled a roast out of the freezer this morning to crockpot tomorrow...

/you no get my secrets!

If I have to torture you I promise I'll enjoy it.


You no get my secrets!!!
 
2014-07-24 03:30:55 PM  

DGS: soosh: PolloDiablo: I always use mine, almost exclusively, for making charro beans. I don't really measure, but I'll give a rundown of the ingredients...

Dry Pinto Beans
Chicken Stock
Beer (Tecate),
Chipotles in Adobo
Onion
Tomato
Cilantro
Cumin
Mexican Oregano
Bacon

Put it all in a the crockpot, cook on low for 8 hours.

for dishes like this, I always use a liberal amount of this

[ep.yimg.com image 288x320]

which generally includes

chili powder
garlic powder or flakes
dried onion flakes
basil
thyme or rosemary
chopped dried orange peel (optional)
ground cumin
dry powdered mustard
oregano
cinnamon
nutmeg
cumin seed

Made with fresh..
[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x393]


those little bastards know their spices.
 
2014-07-24 03:31:58 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: A TFette gave me her mother's Crock Pot pot roast recipe and IMHO it's not just the best I've tasted, but the easiest too.

Ingredients

3-4 lb boneless chuck roast
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix (I prefer the zesty variety, but the original is fine too)
1/2 packet au jus gravy mix (no more or your roast will be too salty)

Put roast in bottom of Crock Pot. Sprinkle Italian dressing mix & au jus gravy mix over the top of roast. Put lid on Crock Pot and cook on low for 10 hours.


My dad used to marinate chicken in Wishbone Italian dressing overnight and then grill it, and it's damned tasty.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 03:32:13 PM  

soosh: those little bastards know their spices.


IT'S MADE OUT OF PEOPLE


CapeFearCadaver: DGS: CapeFearCadaver: Huh, I pulled a roast out of the freezer this morning to crockpot tomorrow...

/you no get my secrets!

If I have to torture you I promise I'll enjoy it.

You no get my secrets!!!


Gooood gooooooooooooood
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 03:34:29 PM  
One of my favorite things to do remains taking a few boneless pieces of chicken, putting on taco-seasoning-of-choice, dumping on a salsa-of-choice, and putting on low heat in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours. Using a fork to shred everything, mixing it together, and letting it go another 30 mins.

Enchiladas, tacos, whatever. Hell, with a spray of fresh lime I'll way-too-much-overeat that with a fork.


soosh: Bathia_Mapes: A TFette gave me her mother's Crock Pot pot roast recipe and IMHO it's not just the best I've tasted, but the easiest too.

Ingredients

3-4 lb boneless chuck roast
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix (I prefer the zesty variety, but the original is fine too)
1/2 packet au jus gravy mix (no more or your roast will be too salty)

Put roast in bottom of Crock Pot. Sprinkle Italian dressing mix & au jus gravy mix over the top of roast. Put lid on Crock Pot and cook on low for 10 hours.

My dad used to marinate chicken in Wishbone Italian dressing overnight and then grill it, and it's damned tasty.


Wifey does something similar with baked salmon. Sometimes it's a poppyseed dressing.
 
2014-07-24 03:34:37 PM  
I've shared my Best and Easiest Roast Ever recipe here about 26 times already. But if anyone missed it, I can post it again.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 03:35:05 PM  

valanienna: I've shared my Best and Easiest Roast Ever recipe here about 26 times already. But if anyone missed it, I can post it again.


There's never a bad time to share it again.
 
2014-07-24 03:35:15 PM  

DGS: soosh: those little bastards know their spices.

IT'S MADE OUT OF PEOPLE


CapeFearCadaver: DGS: CapeFearCadaver: Huh, I pulled a roast out of the freezer this morning to crockpot tomorrow...

/you no get my secrets!

If I have to torture you I promise I'll enjoy it.

You no get my secrets!!!

Gooood gooooooooooooood


When my oldest was about three, I got him to where he would say "Solyent Green is People" to old ladies at the supermarket.
 
2014-07-24 03:36:06 PM  
Crock pot carnitas another way

4-5 lbs. pork shoulder
5 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Tabasco or Cholula
juice of 2 limes
½ cup orange juice
12 ounces beer
½ cup salsa (I like to use a more chunky one)
 
2014-07-24 03:36:09 PM  
Bathia beat me to it. :)
 
2014-07-24 03:40:03 PM  
Nothin' fancy.  Basic shredded chicken:

Red onion, chopped
Can of tomatoes, drained (some people use a small jar of salsa instead. whatever.)
salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, whatever spices you like
chicken breasts
chicken broth or stock*

* internetwebs be all over the place on this one.  Most guides say to completely cover the chicken with liquid or the exposed spots will dry out.  Some guides don't recommend adding liquid at all, saying it's unnecessary.  I've found that no liquid is awful, but fully covering with liquid makes it taste like its been boiled to hell, so I add enough liquid that the chicken is partial submerged, and it usually comes out perfect.  It took a lot of "ugh I don't want to eat this" experimentation to determine that.  Maybe it's my crockpot.

Cook on Low for 7-8 hours

Transfer to chicken plate, shred with forks. add some liquid or onion/tomato bits from pot if you want.

Then I use the chicken in another dish like aforementioned enchiladas or casserole.
 
2014-07-24 03:41:26 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: A TFette gave me her mother's Crock Pot pot roast recipe and IMHO it's not just the best I've tasted, but the easiest too.

Ingredients

3-4 lb boneless chuck roast
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix (I prefer the zesty variety, but the original is fine too)
1/2 packet au jus gravy mix (no more or your roast will be too salty)

Put roast in bottom of Crock Pot. Sprinkle Italian dressing mix & au jus gravy mix over the top of roast. Put lid on Crock Pot and cook on low for 10 hours.


Mine is usually falling apart after 7 hours, but my pot might just cook hotter.

Oh, and I got a tip from my sister - she tops the beef with a mix of sour cream and horseradish and serves it on bakery rolls. I tried it and it's OMG SO GOOD.
 
2014-07-24 03:44:01 PM  
Favorited for later copypasta.
 
2014-07-24 03:49:39 PM  

valanienna: Bathia beat me to it. :)


valanienna: Bathia_Mapes: A TFette gave me her mother's Crock Pot pot roast recipe and IMHO it's not just the best I've tasted, but the easiest too.

Ingredients

3-4 lb boneless chuck roast
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix (I prefer the zesty variety, but the original is fine too)
1/2 packet au jus gravy mix (no more or your roast will be too salty)

Put roast in bottom of Crock Pot. Sprinkle Italian dressing mix & au jus gravy mix over the top of roast. Put lid on Crock Pot and cook on low for 10 hours.

Mine is usually falling apart after 7 hours, but my pot might just cook hotter.

Oh, and I got a tip from my sister - she tops the beef with a mix of sour cream and horseradish and serves it on bakery rolls. I tried it and it's OMG SO GOOD.


That's possible. I've experimented with mine & the 10 hours vs the 8 hours I did originally seems to work better. The meat almost melts in your mouth. Our preferred side is homemade mashed potatoes.

Oh, and I looked at the 2012 Crock Pot thread and guess which recipe I posted? :-D
 
2014-07-24 03:51:56 PM  
I don't really like pot roast (it's not awful but every pot roast ever tastes the same meh to me), but the husband loves it and that recipe sounds simple enough that I'll give it a go.
 
2014-07-24 03:56:15 PM  
I keep most of my recipes to 3 or 4 ingredients (meat, 2-3 veggies, and a starch). Nothing too exciting, but I get plenty of good ideas from http://www.reddit.com/r/slowcooking/ . (the top 5 link is worth checking out)
 
2014-07-24 04:01:51 PM  

Tziva: I don't really like pot roast (it's not awful but every pot roast ever tastes the same meh to me), but the husband loves it and that recipe sounds simple enough that I'll give it a go.


When I first got our Crock Pot I made the pot roast recipe in the recipe booklet. It was okay, but nothing to write home about. Then valanienna shared her mother's recipe with me and we loved it. My son's only complaint is that I don't make it often enough.

And in case you didn't notice, unlike most pot roast recipes you don't brown the meat first with this one before putting it into the Crock Pot. That makes it even easier.
 
2014-07-24 04:04:38 PM  

rickythepenguin: the meat was cock potted


TFD is not your personal euphemism site.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-07-24 04:06:10 PM  

flucto: rickythepenguin: the meat was cock potted

TFD is not your personal euphemism ____________ site.


Every time someone says that I got aroused. Now what.
 
2014-07-24 04:21:19 PM  
If you're making a crockpot roast, you can't go wrong by searing the meat first.  Take a skillet (cast iron skillet is best skillet) and heat it up pretty high.  Throw a bit of oil in there and sear the meat about 5 minutes or so on each side (for a largeish roast).  Then put that in, along with any brown bits you can scrape off the bottom of the pan and everything else you would normally choose to add.  It's delicious.
 
2014-07-24 05:04:25 PM  
i've used many of the recipes from the last crock pot thread and have yet to go wrong. its been a wonderful easy way to make meals. I also find that the crock pot with just a bit of water is a great way to cook and/or heat up ham without drying it out
 
2014-07-24 05:05:20 PM  
*bookmark*

I love using a crockpot/slow cooker, but need to know how to not have every meal a pile of mush.
 
2014-07-24 05:07:19 PM  
.. something something, can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom glop .. half a bottle of red wine .. something something .. 6 hours later we BBQ and eat real food
 
2014-07-24 05:07:33 PM  
Right now I'm making chicken and vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery. Spices are garlic, soy sauce, black and red pepper, paprika. Planning to add rice for bulk.
The whole house smells awesome.
 
2014-07-24 05:09:06 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was saying just recnetly, my wife made a farking fantastic shredded pork that was either root beer or perhaps dr. pepper based sauce, which is i guess a southern thing.  one of her patients gave her the recipe.  the meat was cock potted but i don't really remember if the roto beer or whatever went in at the start or end.  you could fine the reciep online i imagine.  it was delicious.  sweet but hearty, like i'm guessing the sauce was 2-3 cans of whatever soda we had and prob equal amount of BBQ sauce.  to die for!


Dude, in the kitchen?

/sorry
 
2014-07-24 05:09:43 PM  
I changed my Italian beef recipe to Italian pork and thanks in advance for more recipes
 
2014-07-24 05:09:44 PM  
Crockpots are the perfect size for newborns and placentas....
 
2014-07-24 05:12:00 PM  

macross87: Crockpots are the perfect size for newborns and placentas....


generally I prefer the microwave for newborns and the skillet for placentas
 
2014-07-24 05:12:00 PM  
Sear your meat before it goes into the pot.  A quick sear will add a nice crust of flavor and texture, assuming you properly seasoned it.  And no it doesn't really add more time, just do the searing first, while your chopping veggies and doing your other prep.
 
2014-07-24 05:12:11 PM  
I can barely boil water so I'm pretty proud of this crockpot recipe I invented.


Cut apples and pears into bite-sized chunks.
You can peel them but I prefer to leave the skin on.
Mix sweet and tart varieties, leaning toward tart.
Cut enough to fill your crockpot about 3/4 full.
Use a 2 to 1 mix of apples vs. pears.

Stir in cinnamon and dark brown sugar to coat pieces
Add a bag of cranberries

Cook on low for a few hours. Don't overcook, or it will turn to mush. You're going for the consistency of apple pie filling. The recipe calls for a lot of dark brown sugar. Unfortunately substitutes just don't work.

When done, serve warm in a bowl, or over ice cream, or with granola/oatmeal.

You can personalize it however you like by tweaking sweet/tart ratio or apple/pear ration. You can also add other things like walnuts.

Really, the only "rule" is don't overcook it.
 
2014-07-24 05:12:18 PM  
I have Carolina pulled pork in my slow cooker now.

Boneless pork shoulder in the slow cooker for about 7-8 hours.  Drain the fat, shred the meat.  Add two bottles of mustard BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, a spoonful of brown sugar, garlic, cayenne, mix it all together and serve it on onion rolls with chopped onions and pickles.
 
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