Doing some menu planning? Want to incorporate some of the things that are on sale this week? You’ve come to the right place!
Snack & Dessert Ideas:
• Oyster Ranch Crackers – These are so easy to eat mindlessly, so be careful when you make them!
• Cheerio Bars – Kids love these and they’re on sale at Hy-Vee. I like making them with Honey Nut Cheerios.
• Pot Roast! Baker’s has their roasts on sale. Try one of these recipes:
o Crock Pot Pot Roast by Number 2 Pencil
o Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast by Kalyn’s Kitchen – This is the one that I make and it makes such wonderful tasting meat and great sandwiches with the leftovers!
o Beef Stew – this is the only beef stew that I can get to turn out for me. My husband, in particular, LOVES this recipe.
• Lasagna Rolls – use the roll sausage on sale at Bag N Save and No Frills for these and the sauce on sale at Hy-Vee. Super tasty! In fact, if you’re planning on a Valentine’s Day dinner at home, this would be high on my list.
• Pork Chops – there are lots of good-looking recipes out there, but these caught my eye: Baked Parmesan, Crockpot Ranch, and Baked Asian Chops.
• Manwich – this recipe looks like a creative way to use it with chicken and pasta!
Here’s a recipe that I recently tried and loved! With the barbeque sauce that was on sale last week at Hy-Vee and the pork shoulder that I had in my freezer, this was a quick meal to pull together and let cook in my crockpot. I didn’t care for the cinnamon in the recipe, so I’ve changed it from the original. I used a mild-flavor BBQ sauce, then we add our own on top of the sandwiches to make it more spicy (if desired). I’ve tried other pulled pork recipes, but what I like about this one is the addition of onions, but that just might be because I really like the flavor that onions add.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Slightly adapted from Seeded at the Table
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons garlic (or 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced)
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I would leave out)
1 (4.5 to 5 lb) boneless pork shoulder (or pork butt), twine or netting removed
28 ounce container of your favorite BBQ sauce
Layer the onions and garlic evenly into the bottom of a large slow cooker bowl. Pour in the stock/broth. In a small bowl, toss together the brown sugar, chili powder, kosher salt, cumin and cinnamon. Pat the meat dry with a paper towel, then using your hands, rub the spices all over the surface and into the crevices of the pork. Place the pork on top of the onions in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or high for 6 to 8 hours, until the pork is fork tender and easily shreds.
If adding BBQ sauce:
When the pork is done, transfer the meat to a cutting board or large platter. Drain as much of the liquid out using a strainer. Make sure to save the onions! Using 2 forks, shred the cooked pork and discard the fat. Return the shredded meat into the slow cooker with the onions. Pour in the BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Keep warm in the slow cooker until ready to serve.
If leaving BBQ-free (aka: plain pulled pork):
When the pork is done, transfer the meat to a cutting board or large platter. Scoop out about a 1/2 cup of the liquid and drain away the rest. Save the onions! Using 2 forks, shred the cooked pork and discard the fat. Return the shredded meat into the slow cooker with the onions and liquid. Keep warm in the slow cooker until ready to serve.
Serve on hamburger buns or some other type of roll.
I freeze this just the same way that I froze the chicken taco meat from last week. Let it cool, put into labeled freezer bags. When you want to eat it, defrost it, and reheat!
Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.