Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

I have wanted to try this recipe for a long time. I love ordering carnitas at the restaurant and I knew I could make these at home! This is an easy crock pot meal you will want to make again!

I suggest to use a pork shoulder.  This is perfect for shredding.  It has some fat to it, and you can keep it in tact when it is in the crock pot. It adds some extra flavor to the meat. It is so hard to wait to eat this pork, especially when you are shredding it, you can't help yourself from eating it!

This is a delicious dry rub for the pork roast, you will have most of these seasonings in your pantry.  Taste it. You will want to make this again.  Rub the seasonings all over the pork roast.  Place it in the crock pot. 

Peel a small onion and chop it into smaller pieces. Slice and remove seeds from jalapeno.  Peel four cloves of garlic, and add the onion and garlic into a food processor. Chop until fine and add on top of pork.  

Mix enchilada sauce,  half cup orange juice and half cup of chicken broth.  Pour over the pork.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until pork is done. 

Remove pork from the crock pot, and shred the meat.  You can put the shredded meat on a cookie sheet and put it under the broiler for 5-7 minutes.  It will help caramelize the meat.    

Add the pork back to the crock pot.  You can reserve as much sauce as you want. Might to a little taste test, and adjust how much heat you want for your carnitas.  I reserved the sauce so I can add to my own pork carnitas, I know the kids won't want it as hot.

Additional toppings that add more flavor to the pork are sour cream, avocado, and cilantro.  Pick your favorite! Enjoy!

Another easy crock pot meal I think you would enjoy is my Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup.

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
4 pound pork shoulder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ onion
4 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno
10 oz enchilada sauce
½ c chicken broth
½ c orange juice

1. Trim and cut pork shoulder into cubes
2. Mix spices and rub onto pork
3. Add pork to crock pot
4. Peel onion and garlic and cut into large chunks.  Seed and dice jalapeno and cut into large chunks.
5. Chop in food processor until finely diced. Spread over the pork.
6. Mix enchilada sauce, orange juice and chicken broth.
7. Pour over pork, cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until pork is completely cooked.
8. Remove pork and shred.
9. Optional - Place shredded pork on cookie sheet and place under broiler 5-7 minutes.
10. Reserve some of the juice to add to your pork carnitas.

I linked up to Watcha Crockin' Week #25 and Weekend Potluck #257.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Pressure Cooker Wilbur's BBQ Wings

We didn't have big plans on New Year's Eve. The boys went duck hunting, so I knew they would be tired when they got home to plan anything for that evening.  I did have big plans to make lots of food to ring in the new year's, knowing most of the family wouldn't make it to midnight.

Kids favorite is BBQ wings.  Where ever we go, this is what they want to order for their meal. They don't care how messy they get. I am over being embarrassed in pubic while the kids eat wings. I just embrace it, and send them off to wash their face and hands when they are done.

The boys came back tired and exhausted from hunting.  The weather was cool that day, and windy. They came back with red-cheeks, and lots of ducks.  Ryan was also excited about shooting his first mallard.  It was a beautiful duck.  Dave said he is proud the way Ryan is learning how to call  the ducks into the blind. Once in awhile his dad will let him shoot his gun. I think this was his 4th duck this season. 

I didn't have the best of luck finding the wings in the store.  I bought the drumettes that always come with the wings when you get an order.  Perfect bite size, and I think there is more meat on drumettes. 

I kept the wings frozen until they were ready to go into the pressure cooker.

Wilbur's Sweet & Spicy Wing-It Marinade and Dipping Sauce can be found in Rensselaer.  If you have ever craved wing night at the Pub, this is the sauce!!

I coated the frozen wings with the sauce. I used about 1.5 cups.

Then I added the wings to the pressure cooker. My Pressure cooker is similar to this http://amzn.to/2j8Hbw9.  I added about a cup of water.  I know first time recipes you get a little nervous! Ok, I get a little nervous, and I can't see the meat cooking, like you can with a crock pot.  Just have a little faith in your pressure cooker.  Busy moms have other things to do than spend a bunch of time in the kitchen! Embrace it! Put the lid on, set it for 15 minutes.  

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Add more BBQ if you want.  Put under broiler.

I had never used my broiler before, so this was another learning experience.  I would suggest putting under broiler for 3-4 minutes, turn the pan around and broil for another 3-4 minutes.  

Pressure Cooker Wilbur’s BBQ Wings
2 pounds wings
1 c water
Wilbur’s Sweet & Spicy Wing It Sauce

  1. Coat 2 pounds of frozen wings with Wilbur’s Sweet & Spicy Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce)
  2. Place in pressure cooker, add one cup of water.
  3. Set pressure cooker for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove wings from pressure cooker, and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Add more sauce to the wings. Find a similar pressure cooker here: http://amzn.to/2j8Hbw9
  5. Place wings under broiler for 3-4 minutes.  Turn the cookie sheet around under the broiler and broil for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Remove from cookie sheet and serve

This was delicious.  Kids loved them. Ate them so fast!  And they are asking for more.

This recipe is linked to: Watcha Crockin Week #24Weekend Potluck #256, and Meal Plan Monday #45.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Smokies

The holidays are such a busy time, but pulling out the crock pots makes things a little easier. You can be sure someone is going to bring the Bacon Wrapped Smokies to a party! When I hosted a friend get-together I made sure this was on the menu.  I also served Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole. That was a huge hit!

I knew the casserole style crock pot would work great for the smokies.  If you have extras, you can double up, but when they are all lined up in the crock, they are cooked evenly.

Bring the kids in the kitchen to help out! Kids can get help wrap the smokies. I use a whole pound of bacon, cut the strips into thirds.

You don't have to use toothpicks, but if you do, don't use the colored ones.  The dye from the colored toothpicks cooks off on the bacon.  Place the bacon wrapped smokies in the crock pot, seam side down. 

If you have a casserole crock pot, that is why I recommend using one.  If have used other crock pots, and they work fine as well. Smokies will cook if you have to layer them, cook as much as you need, they will go fast.  

After the smokies are wrapped, add the brown sugar.  Make sure the smokies are covered.  The brown sugar cooks down to make a great syrup for the smokies.

Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Smokies
1 pound bacon
1 large package little sausage smokies
1 cup brown sugar

  1. Spray casserole crock pot with Pam
  2. Cut one pound of bacon. Cut the strips into thirds.
  3. Wrap the lil smokies with a ⅓ of the strip. Place the smokies in the crock pot, seam side down.
  4. Cover all smokies with brown sugar. Use up to one cup of brown sugar, or until completely covered.
  5. Cook on high for 2 - 2.5 hours.

Cook in the crock pot for 2 - 2.5 hours.  Watch this closely, you don't want the smokies to start falling apart. This also works great in the oven. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up!

I linked up Watcha Crockin Week 23, Meal Plan Monday #44 and Weekend Potluck #255.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole

This was our second weekend of snow.  Last weekend we went to the local Christmas Tree Farm to take our family pictures.  It was a beautiful picture with fresh snow on the ground.  Christmas cards were sent out this weekend.  For me, I am running way ahead of schedule. 

This weekend consisted of the husband hunting, the boys enjoying the Purdue basketball game, and Macie had basketball practice.  Sunday was a day to stay home and cook.  All day.  We had four crock pots going!  We didn't get as much snow this weekend as anticipated, but kids already have a two-hour delay on Monday morning.

I wanted to share this Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole. I made it last weekend, and the family and some girl friends were the first to try it out. Needless to say, it was a hit, and I had to make it again! 

When I think of a cowboy casserole, I know this is going to be a very hearty and healthy dinner!  Throw it in the crock pot and let it cook up.  The same 6 quart crock pot can be found here: http://amzn.to/2j8JOhx.   I could see cowboys on the prairie throwing this meal in a big pot over the fire for their dinner.

  Cut up about 6 potatoes, peel them or keep the skins on them. These are from our garden, so the skins are thin and I think they are so good with the skins on!  Cut up a onion and mince garlic and add on top.

I added two pounds of sausage here. Brown it up and put it over the potatoes.  Sausage adds so much favor here, add ground beef if you like.

Add a can of diced tomatoes.  If you have stewed tomatoes from your garden, add a jar of that, and that is all the juice you need, don't add the water in the recipe.  Have a favorite vegetable your cowboys would love? Throw it in here! We added peas!

Drain and rinse a can of kidney beans.  Add over the tomatoes.  Add water.  Place crock pot on low and let it cook 7-8 hours.

Check out this awesome Colts Crock Pot!  Once you have the troops rounded up, in my case, it's the indians! add the shredded cheese on top.  Place the lid back on, and let the cheese melt.  Serve immediately.  Makes great left overs as well.  


1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 pounds ground pork
6 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes w. Green chilis (or homemade stewed tomatoes)
¼ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1. Chop onion and mince garlic.
2. Brown sausage, add salt and pepper to taste, and drain
3. Layer potatoes on bottom of 6 quart crock pot http://amzn.to/2j8JOhx, add chopped onion and garlic.
4. Add sausage, beans, and tomatoes
5. Pour water in crock
6. Cover and Cook on low for 7-8 hours
7. Sprinkle shredded cheese in last 15 minutes, cover crock, and serve after cheese melted

I linked up to:
Southern Bite Meal Plan Monday 41
Watcha Crockin' Week #21
The Country Potluck Week #252

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Crock Pot Ham and Cheese Rolls

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas at our house.  I need more decorations in the house, but that will come in time. A little Christmas shopping is completed.

This Ham & Cheese Roll recipe is something I wanted to try in my casserole crock pot.  I really love the casserole style. So many options to make when you need more room compared to a traditional crock pot. 

To begin, roll out crescent roll dough.  Seal all the seams.  I placed 16 thin ham slices on the dough. You could use up to almost a pound of ham, it is up to you. 

I placed 10 pieces of provolone cheese on top of the ham.  Other suggestions for cheese loving people: swiss, pepper jack, cheddar. Roll it all up!

Carefully cut the crescent into 12 rolls. I used a serrated knife. Place rolls in a greased casserole crock pot.

Melt 1 stick of butter, worchestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, and poppy seeds in a sauce pan.

Remove from heat and pour over the ham and cheese rolls in the casserole crock pot.

Set the temperature on high and cook for 2 - 2.5 hours. 

This is about an hour into the process. If you have too much condensation on the lid, put a towel under the lid to catch the condensation. 

The ham and cheese rolls turned out delicious!

Crock Pot Ham & Cheese Rolls

1 package crescent rolls
1 package ham
10- 12 slices of cheese - provolone, swiss or cheddar
1 stick butter
2 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp poppy seeds

  1. 1. Melt butter, brown sugar, Worchestershire sauce, mustard and poppy seeds in a microwave safe dish.  Stir well.
  2. Unroll crescent sheet and layer ham and top with a cheese of your preference. Roll into a log and carefully cut into 12 sections with a serrated knife.
  3. Spray casserole crock pot with Pam.
  4. Place rolls in crock and cover with hot mixture sauce.
  5. Cook on high for 2 - 2.5 hours.

I linked up to these blogs: