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slow cooker sunday

November 7, 2010

One of the best things about putting the slow cooker to use on a lazy Sunday afternoon is that you get to enjoy the comforting smell of warm, hearty food slowly cooking to perfection for hours. As if relaxing on the couch wasn’t enough of a treat, our whole apartment is filled with the smell of chicken with homemade BBQ sauce combining into (what I hope will be) perfection! It won’t be ready for a few more hours (I’ll let you know via twitter – check out the new addition on the side bar!) how it turns out, but in the meantime, I had to share our recipe for BBQ sauce. Usually I’m the type of cook who likes to follow recipes exactly, but J is slowly teaching me the art of cooking by taste. This recipe was one I had originally found somewhere in the depths of google, but at this point we’ve altered it so much it really has become our own.

the slow cooker, hard at work!

This is a “to taste” recipe, so you’ve got to be ready to just roll with it! Start with 1 cup of ketchup. Add worcestershire sauce, about a teaspoon as a time (we LOVE worcestershire, and usually add it by the tablespoon!). Add a splash of vinegar – cider vinegar is best, but most any type you have on hand will do. Remember, this is to taste! Stir together, just until blended. Now add a teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and just a dash of salt. Stir again, and adjust the spices as needed. Again, we really like garlic, and always go heavy on that. Keep adjusting the ingredients, taking a taste here and there, until you’ve got just the right mix. With a little water, this is a great marinade for chicken, pork chops, or steak tips. Leave the water out for a thicker dipping sauce.



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