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Day 11 or Eating at Home… Easiest Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches EVER!

This is a recipe I heard about a year or so ago. I was really skeptical but had to try it. If it was good then AWESOME if not I would have just ordered pizza. Luckily it was great! I did try it a couple of different ways and found the way I like best. This is also fantastic for potlucks or if you are having a summer get together. Best thing is that it only has a few ingredients! Let’s get started!

Here is what you need

  • 2 liter of root beer (or enough to completely cover your roast)
  • your favorite BBQ sauce
  • pork roast
  • buns

Normally I use pork tenderloin for this. I personally like it better but Crest had a great sale going on for Pork Shoulder Roast. You can use shoulder, butt, or tenderloin.

Put the roast in the crock pot.

Pour your root beer right on top. It will foam up but that goes away quickly.

Make sure you put enough to completely cover the roast. The original recipe I found only called for 1-2 cups of root beer but, when I made it like that the part of the meat that wasn’t in the root beer turned out dry and didn’t taste as good as the meat that was in the root beer.

Here you can see how much root beer I used. This was a full bottle when I started.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. This does have an odd smell while it is cooking. Nothing bad, just different. Here is what it looks like when you are done.

Take the roast out of the pot, discard the root beer, and shred up the roast.

Now if you aren’t serving this immediately you can put the meat back in the pot (make sure you have dumped out the root beer) and add your favorite sauce. Just make sure you add plenty and put the crock pot on warm. I usually serve it right away so in a bowl I will just add enough BBQ sauce to coat the meat. You can also split the meat up and coat them with different sauces if you are having a get together.

If we were having people over or if I had more time I would make some coleslaw and cornbread muffins to go with this. But of course we didn’t eat till after the baseball game and it was around 8:30 when we got home. So, we just went with some chips on the side.

So there you have it! Easy right?? It’s very yummy too. I’ve always wanted to try making my own BBQ sauce so if you guys have any suggestions on recipes please link them in the comment.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you guys enjoy this!

Day 5 or Eating at Home – Crock Pot Italian Chicken over rice

I am sorry I did not post yesterday. I was busy finishing up a crocheting project…

I was also busy watching the news for the tornado warnings and watches.  So, since I didn’t get the recipe up yesterday you get two today!

This crock pot chicken recipe is SUPER yummy. I ate the left overs for lunch yesterday!

Here is what you need.

  • 2-4 chicken breast or whatever kind of chicken you like. (I used 3 breast pieces)
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1-2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 package of Italian dressing MIX (the dry stuff)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • pepper to your liking
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken
  • rice

First you need to zest your lime. I couldn’t find my micro-planer so I used the small side of my cheese grater.

How much lime juice you put in it is completely up to you. I put the juice of 2 limes but we really like the taste of lime so it’s you call.

Now put everything in the crock pot except the rice and the chicken. I like to cube the cream cheese to help it melt faster.

Put the cover on and turn the crock pot on LOW. Let this cook for 15-20 min then give it a good stir to combine.

Once it is all combined you can add the chicken right on top.

Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Here is where you get to make another personal preference choice. After about 2 hours you can pull the chicken out and cut it into strips or you can do what I did.  About 30 min before we were ready to eat I got my rice going in my rice cooker and pulled the chicken out and shredded it with two forks.

Once it is all shredded add the chicken to the crock pot and stir to coat all the chicken and let it sit while the rice is cooking.

Just a little tip on the rice. If you use a rice cooker, I like to add some olive oil right on top this helps give it good flavor and it won’t stick to the pan. Also I sprinkle garlic salt or powder and pepper all over the top. Then cover and turn on. This equals really tasty rice that is good all by itself.

Once the rice is done just serve with the chicken mixture on top and you are done!

YUMMO!!

Here is my oldest son enjoying his dinner. He gushed about how delicious it was!

This recipe is really easy and can be modified for more or less people. For my family. The three chicken breasts was more than enough to feed everyone till they were full and have left overs for at least 2 people. I think this would also be good in enchiladas or tacos or even over mashed potatoes.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and stick around because I am going to be posting a delicious salad recipe shortly. 🙂