Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Weeknight Dinner Favorite

We love tacos of any kind.  Really, anything that can be rolled in a tortilla is a winner around here.  And if it can be made in the slow cooker, that’s a double bonus.

These Pork Carnitas in the slow cooker were such a big hit that I know they’ll be served often.  It takes less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot.  Perfect for a busy morning.   The meat can handle an all day cooking, so they’re great for long, busy days too.

I know these are not authentic.  Frankly, authenticity is the last thing on my mind at 8am when I’m loading up the crock pot for dinner.  I bet most of you agree with that.  Once the lid is closed and the dial is turned on, I could do a Mexican Hat Dance around the kitchen I’m so happy to have dinner “done”.

Other than the pork, you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen now.  Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

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Apple BBQ Pork Chops

The inspiration for these came from a Dairy Queen run the other week.  We went for ice cream, but while we were there I noticed a sign advertising apple bbq hamburgers.  I’m not sure what those are like, but it started my mind thinking about the combination of apple and bbq.

I like to keep things simple, so this is what I came up with.  Three ingredients give a sweet, smokey flavor to the pork chops.  You could use the sauce on chicken or burgers too.

And you could choose to grill the meat, cook it in the oven or use the slow cooker.  I chose the oven, only because I ran out of time for the slow cooker and it was way too hot outside to grill (triple digits – whew!).

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

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Italian Seasoned Salt and White Wine Pork Tenderloin – Easy and Moist!

I made this for us on Christmas Day.  And then I made it again a few weeks ago.

Seasoned with homemade Italian Seasoned Salt and doused with white wine, this is an easy and impressive main dish.  It would make a fabulous Easter dinner.

I paired it with garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes.  Just boil the potatoes and drain them.  Add butter and 4 oz of cream cheese, along with the garlic clove from the meat then mash away.  Delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this pork tenderloin:  [Read more...]

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Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker

I would very much like to shake the hand of the person who invented the slow cooker.  Said person should be lauded with chocolate and roses and decadent coffee concoctions.

I’m naturally suspicious of cooks who don’t make good use of the slow cooker.  Why avoid something that is such a time saver, such a miracle worker?

Take this dinner, for instance.  Into the crock go pork chops, apples, onions and a bit of honey and Dijon.  Several hours later, you only need to add a green veggie and bread or salad and dinner is ready.  It practically fixes itself, leaving me with time to get stuff done spend time on Pinterest.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

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Italian Sausage Enchiladas – Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients

Sometimes I make a recipe exactly as it’s written.  Maybe because I’m not familiar with the dish.  Or because it’s a baked good that will just work better if I follow directions.  Or because I like the results of that specific recipe.

But other times, I use recipes as a jumping off point.  I swap out ingredients for what I have in my pantry or fridge.  This is how I cook most often.  I love to read comments from readers that say something like, “I loved this recipe.  I used chicken broth instead of beef, added more veggies, skipped the green chilis and topped it with cornbread.”  It’s not the same recipe at all, but the reader loved it! She used her creativity and shopped her pantry to serve her family a meal that they all liked.  Success!

One reason I like enchiladas so much is that they are a prime candidate for substituting.  These enchiladas are a recent result of shopping my pantry and fridge for ingredients.  They are simple to make and my family loved them.

Here’s what you’ll need.  Feel free to substitute as needed.  The recipe makes about 9-10 enchiladas.  The picture above only shows part of the recipe. [Read more...]

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How to Make Lick-Your-Chops, Gnaw-the-Bone BBQ Ribs

I didn’t think I liked ribs.  I only made them because I had them in the freezer and I knew the men and boys in the house would like them.

But, oh my goodness!  These were delicious.  Perfect summer meal.  4-napkin meal.  Wow!

I asked all of you how to fix ribs back in May.  You came through with all kinds of great recipes and methods.  Check out the comments in that post.  Readers also emailed me and added recipes to Facebook.  Someone mentioned a dry rub from Pig Stand, a restaurant in Oklahoma.  My family was *this close* to making a detour on our Colorado trip in search of Pig Stand.

I took parts of many recipes to come up with this method of cooking the ribs.  It was easy, but does take several hours.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

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Help! How Do I Cook This? (Pork Spare Ribs)

Sorry for the hunk of raw, frozen meat in the photo, especially if you’re having your morning coffee while blog reading.

I found this in the bottom of the freezer the other day.  We get 1/2 a hog from my sister’s kids’ 4-H project.  We’re getting down to the end of it.  The pork burgers and Italian sausage are all gone.  There are still many, many packs of bacon though.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all the bacon.

And there’s this piece of spare rib.  I have no idea how to cook this.   I could Google for a recipe, but that didn’t sound like as much fun as just asking you guys.  [Read more...]

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Sweet and Sour Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker or How to Make Dinner from What’s in the Fridge

Good news!  Just by rummaging through your pantry, fridge and freezer and creatively combining a few ingredients, you can have dinner tonight.

Here’s how it works.  Choose a meat from the fridge or freezer.  I chose boneless pork chops, but you might pick chicken or beef instead.

Check the fridge for a likely looking veggie or two.  I found a green pepper and onion.  Other candidates include red pepper, green onions, sugar snap peas, green beans, carrots – you get the idea.  Anything that you’ve got that sounds good. [Read more...]

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Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

honey mustard grilled pork chops done

Please excuse the charred spots.  I’m not an expert griller.  These still tasted great though.

A few weeks ago, I shared on Facebook that I had totally ruined Jim’s birthday dinner of grilled pork chops.  That time I set the whole grill on fire.  Flames were shooting from the grill, black smoke billowed into the yard and children were screaming.  We ended up with pizza for dinner.

I did better this time though.  The honey mustard is easy to stir together and gave the meat a nice flavor.  You could do the same thing with chicken instead.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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BBQ Ham Steak on the Grill

bbq ham done

In the quest for a quick summer meal, I don’t think you can do better than ham steak on the grill.  It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, there are very few dishes to wash and it’s quick.  You can even throw it on the grill frozen, which is great if you fail to plan ahead to thaw it out.

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