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Crock pot recipes are perfect for football Sunday. When you wake up in the morning, just set up the crock pot with your favorite appetizer, barbecue or Sunday dinner and it will be ready to eat before, during or after the game. The last thing you want to be doing while the game is on is slaving over a hot stove while the shouts of your family and friends can be heard in the next room. So put your feet up and enjoy the party, while you smell the food cooking by itself in the kitchen, with these easy crock pot recipes for football Sunday.

Easy Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

What you need:

* 2 lbs ground chuck * 12 oz jar chili sauce * 1 medium onion, diced * 1/2 c green pepper, diced * 1 celery stalk, diced * 2 T sweet pickle relish * 1 T Worcestershire sauce * 1 t salt * 1/8 t black pepper * 1/8 t garlic powder * red pepper flakes per taste (optional)

What you do:

* Brown ground beef in a large skillet with onion, celery and green pepper; drain. Place ground beef and vegetables into a 3.5 or larger crock pot. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Cook on low for 4 hours. Serve on hamburger buns.

Spicy Crock Pot Country Style Ribs

What you need:

* 3-4 lbs country style pork ribs * 1 package fajita seasoning mix * 1 c water * 1 large onion, sliced * 1 garlic clove, minced * 2 T olive oil * 1 t beef bouillon granules * 1 t red pepper flakes (optional)

What you do:

* Heat oil in a large skillet. Place ribs on a large plate and rub with fajita seasoning (save excess seasoning that remains on plate). Place ribs in skillet and sear over high heat 1-2 minutes per side or until browned. Place ribs in bottom of a 3.5 or larger crock pot. Top ribs with onion. In a small bowl, combine water, garlic, bouillon granules, excess fajita seasoning and red pepper flakes and mix. Pour mixture over ribs. Cook on low for 7-9 hours, or until desired tenderness.

Spicy Bean Dip

What you need:

* 15 -16 oz can refried beans * 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded * 1 c picante sauce * black olives, sliced (optional)

What you do:

* In a small crock pot, mix together refried beans, cheddar cheese and picante sauce. Cook on low heat for 2 hours or until cheese is melted and bean dip is heated through. Top with sliced black olives. May double ingredients for larger portions.

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Many traditional recipes can be converted to a slow cooker recipe by reducing the liquid by 50 percent and increasing the cooking time. As a guideline 1 hour in the oven equals about 6 to 8 hours on LOW in the slow cooker.

I have read a quote which likens a slow cooker to a plug-in 1950s housewife but without the gingham and Tupperware. As a single parent with 3 hungry boys to feed, coming home from a long day at work to a prepared meal sounds like a dream come true!

Crock Pots have certainly gained popularity in recent times and the delicious recipes are healthier and tastier than a fast food alternative. I also love that when you prepare a larger serving there is enough for 2 or more meals. The extras can be used for lunches the next day, reheated the next night or frozen for when you need to have something on the table quickly. It can also be a blessing in the summer months as your kitchen will not be heated up as when you use the oven.

Buying a Crock Pot is like going to a candy store. Obviously size and price are important factors. Consumer organisations like and often complete reviews on current brands and models giving you some unbiased advice on what to look for when choosing a slow cooker.

There are so many fantastic recipes available. This method of cooking is ideal if you are on a budget as well as many cheaper cuts of meat can be made extremely tender when cooked this way. I recommend preparing the ingredients in the bowl the night before. Just cover the bowl with the lid or cling film and pop in the fridge. In the morning you just set and forget until you get home to the mouth watering aromas.

Ideal ingredients/recipes include lamb shanks, silverside, osso bucco, casseroles, soups, and roasted meats, root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, potatoes, celeriac, onions, swede, beans and lentils.

Food Safety Hints:

For safety, dried kidney beans should be cooked at boiling point for at least 10 minutes beforehand to destroy toxins that would otherwise survive the lower temperatures of a crock pot.

If there’s a power failure while you’re out and your meal’s cooking, throw it out – it may be unsafe to eat. Don’t reheat leftovers in a slow cooker. Use a microwave, stove top or oven.

Once your food is cooked, and the slow cooker is turned off – don’t leave it in the slow cooker for too long. Food needs to be kept hotter than 60°C (or cooler than 5°C) to avoid harmful bacteria growth.

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No doubt about it, Boston is famous for its fabulous baked beans recipes. Here are three ways to enjoy this classic comfort food.

Classic Boston Baked Beans

The characteristic flavor of Boston beans is created by long, slow baking in a sweet molasses-based sauce richly flavored with bacon or salt pork, and the result is pure baked bean heaven.


- 2 cups navy beans
- 1/2 pound bacon, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar

Soak beans overnight in cold water. The next day, drain soaking water and cover beans with fresh water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve the liquid. Combine beans with bacon and onion in a large oven-safe pot. In a separate bowl combine molasses, salt, pepper, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce with one cup of the reserved liquid; stir to mix thoroughly, then add to beans and mix well.

Cover pot (use aluminum foil if pot has no lid) and bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours, checking occasionally and adding from the remaining reserved liquid as necessary to keep the mixture from drying out. When the mixture has baked for three hours, remove from oven and stir well, adding from the reserved liquid as necessary. Re-cover the pot and return to the oven to bake for another hour, then remove lid or foil and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Boston Baked Beans – Crockpot Version

Baked beans are a natural for crockpot cooking. Just put the beans to soak before you go to bed, drain and add them to the crockpot in the morning, and come home to a delicious meal!


- 2 pounds Navy or Great Northern beans
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 6 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon salt

Soak beans overnight. In the morning, drain beans and set aside. Mix all remaining ingredients together and pour into slow cooker, then add beans and enough water to cover. Stir well. Set cooker to low and cook for 10-12 hours.

Super Short Cut Boston Baked Beans

If you crave that classic baked bean taste but don’t have time for hours of baking or crockpot cooking, try this shortcut version. You’ll be enjoying this dish in under an hour!


- 1 large onion, sliced thin
- 3 slices bacon, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 large (28 oz) cans of Pork and Beans
- 1 tablespoon molasses or maple syrup
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/3 cup of prepared BBQ sauce

Saute the bacon and onion together in a frying pan until the bacon is crispy and the onion is softened. In large dutch oven or baking dish, combine molasses, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, and onion powder. Add bacon, onions, and beans and stir. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Slow cookers can be your best friend, especially if you don’t own a grill as it will allow you to cook some meat of great BBQ quality. The secret to flavorful slow cooker meat resides in the preparation work that is often required, which usually include searing the meat on all sides or pre-cooking it in an oven at high temperature. This assists in forming a flavorful crust or bark on the outside of your meat, resulting in tons of favors and awesome textures. These two ribs recipes are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser:

Super easy slow cooker barbecue ribs
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Season 4 pounds of pork baby back ribs with salt and pepper to taste. Please the meat in a shallow baking pan and brown in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping them after 15 minutes. Drain the fat off the pan. In a medium bowl mix 2 cups of ketchup, 1 cup of chili sauce, ½ cup of packed brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 teaspoons of oregano, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 dash of your favorite hot sauce (or more if you want more heat) and more salt and pepper. Place the ribs in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over, ensuring a good coating on all sides. Cover and cook on lowest setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until they have reached your desired tenderness.

Ultimate amber ale slow cooked ribs
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Season 1 full rack of pork ribs with salt and pepper and brown in the over for 30 minutes, turning once after 15 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan after the time is over. In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup of ketchup, 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (see my other articles for recipes), ½ cup of packed brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of oregano, 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of chili flakes and some more salt and pepper (to taste). Place the ribs in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture on top, turn to coat. Pour ¼ of a bottle of an amber beer of your choice (or any ‘red’ beer also works) over the ribs, cover and cook on the lowest setting for 6 to 8 hours (the longer the more tender the ribs will be). For added sweetness, sprinkle some brown sugar over the ribs right before they are ready.

There you go, two great bbq ribs recipe that are packed with BBQ flavors but don’t require any grilling.

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Sophie G. Hart