Crock Pot Blackened Chipotle Country Ribs

No one ever said life should or would be easy. But sometimes it does seem harder than it should be. Like most of ours weekends, during the spring sports season, we are swamped. This past weekend we had five games (actually a light schedule), regular yard work, plus 3 yards of dirt, and two rose bushes.www.dadwhats4dinner.com

That should be enough for one weekend, but we decided to throw in a swarming attack of flying ants Saturday night, a twisted ankle and sunburn (while doing said yard work on Sunday), and the topper, a broken garage door Sunday night.20150504_111808

So this morning I had plenty of phone calls to make. I also needed to make a dish for teachers appreciation luncheon at school, plus we have away games every night this week,

To add a little more craziness, my mother (who lives with us) started six weeks of radiation treatment today, for breast cancer. Even though I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not. Life is good and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Well maybe without the swarm of ants and busted garage door.

I’m glad I had this easy crock pot dish ready to go. Oh well, I hope you enjoy this great pork recipe during your busy week. Try not to sprain your ankle in the process..

I served the country ribs on top of easy cheese grits. Click here for the recipewww.dadwhats4dinner.com

Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Pork Carnitas

Here is a very simple, 5 ingredient, pork carnitas recipe for your crock pot. Prepare all ingredients in the morning, before you leave for work. (10 minutes) When you get home, shred the pork and keep warm in the crock pot with the sauce. until you are ready to eat. My kids love this, especially on practice nights.

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Carnitas, literally “little meats,” is a dish of Mexican cuisine originating from the state of Michoacán. Carnitas are made by braising or simmering pork in oil or preferably lard until tender. The process takes three or four hours and the result is very tender and juicy meat, which is then typically served with choppedcoriander leaves (cilantro) and diced onion, salsa, guacamole, tortillas, and refried beans (frijoles refritos). Wikipedia.com

This recipe is can be used for many types of dishes  This will also be great for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday.

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I love my slow cooker. I usually use it twice a week. I plan on posting a new crock pot recipe each week. If you have a favorite recipe you would like converted to be cooked in the crock pot, let me know and I will give it a shot.

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Crock Pot Pork Philly Cheese Steak

www.dadwhats4dinner.comHere is a simple, 7 ingredient crock pot recipe, for your busy weeknight dinner. If your family is like ours, you are in the middle of spring sports. For us this means games or practice at least six nights a week. Sometimes seven. Spring sports also means cancelled practices and games because we might as well be in the monsoon season here in Ohio. This makes it difficult to plan a good meal and we are typically eating at different times.

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My kids “love them” a cheese steak sandwich. They are easy to make and I usually serve with a fruit or salad. I like trying new versions of cheese-steaks: chicken, steak or pork, depends on what I have in the freezer or what is on sale at Kroger’s.

This version uses low fat pork roast cooked in the crock pot until it falls off apart. It has plenty of flavor. After five hours, shred pork, return to crock pot and keep on warm. Everyone can eat on their own schedule.

One of the biggest complaints about crock pot cooking is that meat tends to dry out. My crock pot has two functions which allows you to stop the cooking and keeps meat from drying out. It has a temperature prob and timer that automatically switches to warm after a certain amount of time or temperature is reached. I need to get a WiFi crock pot which could be controlled by and app on my phone. There is a version on the market sold by Crock-Pot brand called WeMO, but I’m not sure how well it works. I will need to do more research. (Tip: Another trick is to place your meat in the crock pot frozen. This works best with chicken breasts or pork chops. Just make sure the food is cooked to the proper temperature before you serve)

This recipe uses Kirkland pork sirloin tip roast sold at Costco.

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I love these because of the flavor and the size is perfect for a family. It is very versatile in recipes, especially for the crock pot. I have included a recipe for homemade dry onion soup mix, but Lipton store-bought mix will also work fine.

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Enjoy!

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Smoked Pork Shoulder

I love smoked meats. I’m not sure what it is; the rubs, the meats, the flavors, or the way the smoke tantalizes the neighborhood with that sweet smoky wonderful aroma.

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I have smoked just about every type of meat and seafood (smoked trout or salmon makes an awesome dip: upcoming post) over the years using many different methods and cooking styles. Today I usually just use my Weber gas grill with a cast iron smoker box. I prefer apple or alder chips with some hickory chunks thrown in for good measure. This is one of my recipes for pork shoulder. I hope you enjoy.

Serve with my roasted veggie hash recipe posted on the blog. The veggie hash is one of my kids favorites and a great way to get them to eat more vegetables.

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Pork Chops simmered in a White Wine Mushroom Gravy served with Cheesy Grits

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Like most of you, we have a very busy family life. I cook fresh meals 5-6 times a week instead of feeding my family fast food or pizza everyday. This is not to say that we don’t eat fast food or pizza on occasion. I try to make new variations of recipes most nights of the week. I use the crock pot once or twice a week and also make large quantities of dishes to freeze. I try to make the ordinary extraordinary. It is not usually fancy, just good comfort food that I try to keep as healthy as I can.

Tonight I made a version of pork chops in gravy.

This is a simple pork chop recipe with a few variations to make it my own.

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