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Root Beer Pulled Pork

If you’re looking for an easy way to make pulled pork for sandwiches, this is it.  There’s only 4 ingredients, it takes just a few minutes of prep time, and the end result is delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A crock pot

Pork Roast (I like to do 2 at a time.  Usually about 3 pounds a piece.)

A 2 Liter bottle of root beer

1 package dry onion soup mix

1 or 2 bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce

Here’s what you do:

Put the pork in the crock pot.  Sprinkle with the soup mix and pour in the root beer.  You don’t have to use it all.  In fact, you should save some for root beer floats to have after you enjoy your sandwiches.  

Root Beer Pulled Pork in Crock Pot

Cover and let it go on low for 8 hours or so.

When it’s done cooking drain the liquid and use 2 forks to pull the pork apart.

Now you can choose to put the pork on a bun and top with BBQ sauce… or you can mix the BBQ sauce with the meat in the crock pot. If you choose the later option I’d let it sit on warm for a half hour to get everything heated through.

I prefer to leave the meat “dry” and let everyone choose how much sauce they want.  Plus, I think the meat freezes better when it isn’t pre-sauced.

That’s it!  Pretty easy, huh?

What’s your favorite side to serve with BBQ sandwiches?

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Unsloppy Joes

My girls and I love to cook.  We love watching cooking shows almost as much.  Recently during a cooking show we saw a commercial for Pillsbury Grands Biscuits showing a recipe for “Unsloppy Joes”.

Basically, it’s a refrigerator biscuit filled with sloppy joe meat. You can find the actual Pillsbury recipe here.

Unsloppy Joe - Filling

We all agreed that it looked easy and delicious so we thought we’d give it a try.

Unsloppy Joe - Ready to fold

As typical we used the recipe as a guideline.  We decided to leave out the chili powder.  I did have a little trouble getting a full 1/3 cup of filling in each one although I bet with a little practice I could make it work.

Unsloppy Joes - All Done

We had enough sloppy joe mix to make all 8 of the biscuits with enough left over for one sandwich for lunch the next day.

Everyone loved them… even my daughter who isn’t much of a meat fan.  We’ll definitely make these again!  We even talked about how we could do something similar swapping the sloppy joe filling for taco meat.

We make a similar recipe with refrigerator crescent roll dough filled with a mixture of tuna, Italian dressing, and cheese.  It makes a fun twist on tuna melts and goes great with a bowl of soup.

Unsloppy Joes a paired with a lettuce salad and mixed veggies made for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses refrigerator biscuits as an ingredient?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to try it.

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Easy Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

Our family has been on a search for new and easy recipes. Ones that taste great and are quick and easy for our busy schedules.

Earlier this week we stumbled onto something so simple, yet so delicious that I had to share.  It’s got me thinking about all the different ways we could use it.

I’m talking about easy shredded chicken you make in the crock pot.

It all started when I told my wife I was hungry for barbecue chicken sandwiches.  She thought they sounded good too so she picked up some boneless skinless chicken breasts.

The next morning before we headed out the door for work and school I put the chicken in the bottom of our crock pot.  I sprinkled it with an onion soup mix and poured in 2 cups of water.  Thats it!

The chicken cooked in the crock pot on low until the kids got home from school.  Then they switched it to warm.

When I got home I drained the liquid.  (In hindsight, I wish I had saved it to freeze.  It would have made a great soup base for another meal).

Then I used 2 forks to pull apart and shred the chicken right in the crock pot.

For supper one of my daughters enjoyed the meat plain.  The other one had it on a bun with BBQ sauce.  My wife and I used it to make wraps in whole wheat tortillas with cheddar jack cheese, spinach, and BBQ sauce.  They were awesome!

It’s got me thinking of all the different ways to use the shredded chicken.

Uses for shredded crock pot chicken:

* In enchiladas.

* Add some cream of chicken soup and veggies.  Serve over biscuits or potatoes.

* In buffalo wing dip.

* In omelets.

* On nachos.

* In pasta.

I’m sure I’ll think of more.  What recipes do you use shredded cooked chicken in?

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