Why not start with a quick and easy crock pot recipe? And when I say “crock pot” I mean slow cooker, of any brand, any size, any price. My weapon of choice is a 6qt Programmable Rival Crock Pot that I’ve had about 4 years (link goes to a newer version, but you get the idea). I use it a lot and have no complaints. Since I work a 9-5 job, and have a little one in school, you’ll notice that most of my recipes cook for 8-10 hours on the ‘low’ setting (my pot automatically switches to “keep warm” after the cooking time is complete- a great feature!). Any of these can be adapted to your schedule, just always be sure to check for doneness with anything you create. You’ll also notice that I’m not afraid to amp up pre-bottled or packaged goods, because, really, who has time to make EVERYTHING from scratch these days? Not me.
That being said, my first recipe is for these awesome BBQ Chicken Legs:
You will need:
- 6-8 raw chicken legs with skin on
- 1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce
- 1 Cup water + extra for the end
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp dry red pepper flakes (more if you like spice)
How to: in an empty crock pot, place all ingredients (except chicken) in, and stir with a whisk until all are incorporated. Give it a taste, add some salt and pepper if you feel the need. Rinse chicken in cool water and place into pot. Get your hands dirty and mix it all together, coating the chicken legs on all sides. Even them out in the pot and check your liquid. Add extra water until legs are about half way submerged. Cook for 8 hours on LOW setting or 6 hours on HIGH. These will fall off the bone when they’re done!
Suggested sides: baked beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, etc… anything goes with this.