Typically, in your household budget, fuel costs are your biggest fluctuating expenses. You use your car to get to work and meet family obligations. You use your mind and body to serve well at work and at home, so let’s fuel your physical as well as we fuel your vehicle.
This is part 4 of a 4 part series on using a slow cooker to create meals at very low cost and small time investment. Whether you are a family of 6 or a family of 1, the principles stay the same: cooking at home saves you money. Merry Christmas! You get two recipes for the “price” of one post: BBQ Pulled Pork and Salsa Chicken.
At this time of year, spiral cut ham and frozen turkeys are mainstays to holiday celebrations. Prime cuts of meat are also expected to sell well (prime rib, ribeye, pork loin, etc). Watch for when the meat manager at your favorite grocery store throws on sale Pork Shoulder (aka “Boston Butt” or “Picnic” cuts). This cut of meat has good fat marbling and is hard to overcook or dry out in your slow cooker.
Ridiculously Easy Pulled Pork
One Pork Shoulder
1 bottle BBQ sauce of choice (If you will be serving with onions and pickles, go for a Hickory or Honey Mustard variety. If you’re serving it straight up, go for whatever suits your fancy.)
Put in your slow cooker for 6 – 8 hours on low. Let cool for a few minutes, then shred with two forks or chop with a good sharp knife. It’s ready to serve when your sandwich buns are lightly toasted or your baked potatoes are begging for a topping of this good stuff.
This works great with chicken breasts or chicken thighs – whatever your preference or what is on sale.
2 – 3 lbs. chicken
1 can reduced sodium Cream of Mushroom soup, plus milk as directed on can
Taco Seasoning (create your own mix or use a packet)
Put in your slow cooker for 6 hours on low, come home to a fabulous smelling home and serve this main dish with rice or pasta plus your favorite veggie side.