Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Finger Lickin' Good

Happy Hump Day! Alright, so I lied a little yesterday, and I'm moving up the recipe post to today. Y'all don't mind, do you? Very well. Today, we're gonna cover how to make (almost) effortless barbeque pulled chicken, baked beans, and roasted corn on the cob.

You're Gonna Need:
2-4 chicken breasts (as usual, I go boneless, skinless, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free-range)
1-2 bottles of barbeque sauce (you can make your own, but that cancels out the "effortless")
Your trusty Crock pot
2-4 ears of corn
1 can of baked beans (ain't nobody got time to make their own)

What You're Gonna Do:
1) Put the raw chicken in the bottom of your crock pot. Fresh is better, but you can do frozen if you have longer to cook it.
2) Dump in the barbeque sauce - use enough to cover the chicken completely.
3) Give it a little stir so the bottom of the chicken gets coated.
4) Put the lid on, put it on low, let it alone.
5) Either halfway through cooking, or just before serving, pull out each piece of chicken (carefully, 'cause it'll be falling apart) and shred with 2 forks. If you like saucy barbeque, do it halfway through (or 1-2 hours before serving) and stir it back into the crock. If you prefer dryer barbeque (not in a non-juicy way - this won't dry your chicken out), take it out and shred before serving, then serve up extra sauce on the side. I like my barbeque pretty saucy, so I do this on my lunch break.

6) Heat your baked beans according to the directions.
7) Put the corn (husk on) in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes before you plan to eat. Once cooked, just husk and serve.
8) Eat up!

You can modify any part you like - if you would prefer pork or another meat, just throw it in instead of chicken. I live in the South - we'll barbeque anything! You can adjust the quantities, too - Crock Pot cooking is RARELY rocket science. Feel free to serve this with some sandwich buns if you like. And clean-up for this meal is a snap - just your crock and the pot you cook the beans in! It'll keep for several days, too, so be ready for leftovers. Total cost - $12. If I had bought the regular Kroger chicken and the Kraft barbeque sauce that was on sale, this meal would've been $7. Yummy and thrifty!

That's all folks! See ya tomorrow for a Valentine's Day post...

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