Crockpots make dinners super easy to make, in that you simply throw food in a crock pot and let the food simmer and cook slowly during the day or night. This makes it great for both college students, and busy families. The best part about a crockpot (see the Top 3 Best programmable crockpots) is most recipes only take a few ingredients.
Here are the 5 best crockpot recipes.
Crockpot Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a supper time staple for many families. There are many ways to prepare corn on the cob. The best part about crockpot corn on the cob is how little work it takes.
You will need 2 or 3 corn cobs, ¼ cup of butter that has been soften, and salt.
Remove the corn from the husk and the silks. Then break or cut each cob in half, and coat each one in butter. Wrap each piece, individually in aluminum foil. Then place in your crockpot, the amount of corn you can cook will depend on the size of the crockpot. Cook the corn on high for two hours, or until the corn is done. Unwrap and serve with salt.
Orange chicken is surprising simple to make and is healthier the way you get with Chinese take-out.
To make your own orange chicken, you will need 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, ¾ of a cup of orange marmalade, ¾ cup of BBQ Sauce and 2 tablespoons of Soy Sauce.
Start by cooking the chicken breast for three hours on high or six hours on low in your crockpot. After cooking drain the juices from the crockpot. If you want to cut your chicken into cubes, do so now. In a small bowl, mix the orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce together. Then pour the sauce over the chicken, and cook on high for a half an hour.
BBQ Cola Ribs
Ribs can be a hard food to master, and are usually expensive to order at a restaurant. However, a crockpot makes ribs simple to make at home.
You will need about 3 pounds of Pork Back ribs, a bottle of BBQ sauce, half of a 18 oz can of cola, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/8 of teaspoon of pepper.
Start by cutting the rack of ribs in half, or to fit your crockpot. Sprinkle the back ribs with salt and pepper, and place in the crackpot. In a bowl mix, together the BBQ Sauce and the Cole, then pour over the ribs. Place the lid on the crockpot and cook for four hours on high or eight hours on low, or until the ribs are cooked.
If you are going to cook a ham for the holidays, here is an easy recipe for the perfect ham every time. You will need a boneless fully cooked ham that fits in your crockpot, a cup of pure maple syrup, half a cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of Dijon honey mustard, and a teaspoon of Allspice.
If your ham has a casing, remove it. Score the top of the ham with a knife, in diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart. This makes it look nice and lets the sauce soak into the ham more. Place the ham in the crockpot. Mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar, honey mustard, and the allspice. Then pour the mixture on the ham. Using a basting brush to cover the top and the sides of the ham. Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on two hours on high, or four hours on low. The amount of time will vary depending on the size of the ham.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Sweet and sour meatballs can be served with just about anything and everything. They are also super quick and easy to make. All you need to make sweet and sour meatballs is pre-made meatballs, about 26 oz. of them. You can make your own and freeze them, or buy them at a store. You also need a 12 oz. bottle of sweet and sour sauce. Simply add the meatballs to the crockpot, and pour the bottle of sweet and sour sauce on top, and mix. Cook the meatballs for two hours on high, or four hours on low. If you want more flavors, add chopped green onion and sesame seeds after the meatballs are finished cooking.