Crockpot BBQ

Living in Kansas City, I think it is a requirement to eat BBQ. The funny thing about Kansas Citians is that everyone has their favorite barbeque restaurant – and you won’t always get the same answer. My personal favorite Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. But I’m very lucky to live less than a mile from Zarda’s BBQ so I can enjoy the smell of barbecue almost any day I decide to go for a walk. And this weekend, I also can enjoy smells from the Lenexa BBQ Cook-off just down the street.

I ran across this recipe using Sweet Rays BBQ Sauce on Facebook a few weeks ago. I had two chicken breasts thawing in my fridge so I decided to give it a try after work one day. I cut them in half and they cooked up in about 2 1/2 hrs on low. It is very juicy and full of flavor. Sweet sauce with just a bit of a kick.

Crock Pot BBQ ChickenCrock Pot BBQ Chicken
4-6 chicken breast
1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like KC Masterpiece)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. vinegar (your choice)
I tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Place pieces of chicken in a crock pot. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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Cheesy Southwest Egg Bake

This is a hearty breakfast recipe I found on the Pillsbury website.

Cheesy Southwest Egg BakeCheesy Southwest Egg Bake by Pillsbury
1 package of chorizo or pork sausage
1/2 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. chopped bell pepper
10 eggs
1/4 c. whipping cream
2 c. shredded pepper Jack or Mexican cheese blend
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 can Grands flaky layers biscuits
1 T. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In skillet, cook sausage, onion, and pepper. In a large bowl, beat eggs and cream. Stir in 1 c. cheese, red pepper flakes, and sausage mixture. Separate dough  into 8 biscuits. Cut each into 6 pieces. Spread oil bottom of skillet. Drop biscuits over oil. Pour sausage mixture over biscuits. Top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until crust is set. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I used regular sausage and added fresh cilantro.
  • I used 6 eggs and 4 egg whites.
  • I used red bell pepper but you can use any kind.
  • I also used Mexican cheese.

Fireworks

As a kid, I remember seeing jars of seasoning on the tables at Pizza Hut. I didn’t understand what they were doing there. To this day, I don’t think I have ever seen anyone using them on pizza…except on an occasional dare from one child to another. Yet to this day, you always get asked if you want red pepper flakes or parmesan cheese even when you do carry out at any pizza place.

When I worked at SAFEHOME, my friend and co-worker Michele brought in these crackers with red pepper flakes. They had a little bit of kick but I couldn’t stop eating them. I looked online and found a similar recipe. I decided to make it with oyster crackers instead of saltine crackers. Yes, you loose a little of the seasoning but I think the flavor is more manageable this way.

Crackers a la Yvette

1 package of oyster crackers (or one box of saltine crackers)
2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 (1 oz.) package of dry ranch salad dressing mix
1 c. canola oil

Combine ingredients in a gallon sized zipped bag. Shake every 10 minutes for an hour. Let them sit for a few hours for eating.