The hour between 4 and 5 is consistently our hardest time of day. I feel like I’m watching the clock as I wait for Beach Dad to come home, scramble to prepare dinner, and juggle the girls during what moms often refer to as “The Witching Hour”. I’ve been in search of ways to make this challenging hour more enjoyable for us all. The main solution I’ve found so far is to prepare dinner ahead of time. This way I can play with the girls during their difficult time of day rather than try to cook dinner. I’m planning to make a bunch of make-ahead meals with a friend in a few weeks (I’ll let y’all know how it goes!), but until then, I’m experimenting with my crockpot. When I can throw the ingredients in the slow cooker before lunch time and let it do its thing to get our dinner ready, our evenings go much more smoothly. And, it almost feels like someone else has made me dinner – which is always a treat! Our favorite crockpot recipe is BBQ chicken and I think you’ll enjoy it too:
My recipe is based off of this recipe, but I have combined it with this homemade Italian dressing recipe. You could prepare the Italian dressing ahead of time (or use 1/4 cup of store-bought), but I prefer to just throw it all in the crockpot at once.
Crockpot BBQ Chicken
- 6 Chicken breasts
- 12 oz. BBQ sauce (I use Trader Joe’s All Natural Barbecue Sauce – yum!)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Almost 1/4 cup vinegar (I usually use apple cider vinegar, but any kind will work)
- Just over 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. honey
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- Shake of black pepper
- Shake of dried thyme
- Shake of dried basil
- 1/4 Tbsp. salt
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken before cooking it for another 10-20 minutes to make sure it’s all nice and saucy. (The easiest way I’ve found to shred it is in the Kitchen Aide for about 30 seconds with the beater attachment.) Serve on hamburger buns. Enjoy!
Do you have any favorite crockpot recipes? I’m always in search of good ones!
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