Baby Boomer Babbling-er-Musings

I'm from the baby boomer generation. I have a mop of white hair, courtesy of my gene pool. And a botox-free face that sports frown lines in the forehead and around the eyes. Love handles instead of a waistline. Can't say I'm exactly crazy about any of these old age indicators but I accept them with grace. And now I've lived long enough now that I ponder on a lot of things, new and old.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crockpot Cola 'n BBQ

I saw this easy and delicious recipe awhile back because I follow "FrugalGirls" on my Pinterest page.  I have served it several times but my cooking method is slightly different.  The Frugal Girls recipe saves the sauce for the last 30 minutes of cook time whereas I prefer my meat to simmer in the sauce while it's cooking.

This has become one of my favorite go-to recipes.  It's easy.  It's quick.  Best of all, it's delicious, too!

My Recipe Version

1. Sweet Baby Ray's Cola-Q Barbecue Sauce
2. 6 oz or 1/2 can any cola
3. Chicken, Pork, Ribs - You choose!

Pour the barbeque sauce into the crockpot.  
Add 1/2 can cola (6 oz)
Stir well.  
Go ahead and put the crockpot on low.
Now pan sear the meat with a little cooking oil, 5 mins on each side.
Add meat to crock pot and spoon bbq sauce to cover.
Don't forget the lid!
Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Be sure to squeeze out all the sauce into crockpot!  Turn the bottle upside down and let it sit for a couple of minutes and then squeeze again.  Repeat at least one or more times until you have all the sauce out of the bottle and into the crock pot. 

Let upside bottle stand for a
few minutes to get all the sauce
from the bottle.
Measure or "guess-timate" half a can of cola.  I had a can of Pepsi on hand, but you can use Coca-Cola or generic cola.

Did you notice my cool vintage
Tupperware wet/dry flip measuring cup?
Pour the cola into the crockpot and stir the cola and Baby Ray's sauce until well mixed. 

I like to go ahead and turn the crockpot on low so the sauce will be heating up. 

Pour the cola and mix well with the BBQ Sauce!
Over medium-low heat, pan sear the chicken or pork for about 5 minutes on each side (10 minutes total).
Pan sear the chicken (or pork).
Add the chicken (or pork) to the crock pot and spoon sauce over the meat until it is coated.

Put the lid on the crockpot and simmer for 3-4 hours on low.

Chicken simmering in the crockpot.
Don't forget to put on the lid!
The pot is crocking along while I enjoy
the other half of the can of Pepsi with
my mid-afternoon snack!

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