1 lb ground beef
1 lb. mild pork sausage (or use all beef)
2 c. soft bread crumbs or 1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 tbsp. parsley
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 (12 oz) jar apricot preserves
1/2 c. barbecue sauce
Mix first 8 ingredients together and form meatballs. Brown in skillet, or in oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Heat sauce, pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or cook in Crock Pot. Can be served over rice or as an appetizer with toothpicks.
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 cups frozen cut okra
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (12-ounce) package frozen shelled deveined cooked medium shrimp, rinsed
1 1/2 cups uncooked regular long-grain white rice
3 cups water
In small saucepan, combine flour and oil; mix well. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes or until mixture turns reddish brown. Place flour-oil mixture in 3 1/2 to 4 quart Slow Cooker. Stir in all remaining ingredients except shrimp, rice and water. Cover; cook on low setting for 7-9 hours. When ready to serve, cook rice in water as directed on package. Meanwhile, add shrimp to gumbo mixture in slow cooker/Crock Pot; mix well. Cover; cook on low setting for additional 20 minutes. Serve gumbo over rice.
1 (2½–3 lb) rack of pork ribs, halved
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup honey
½ cup soy sauce
10 cloves garlic, minced
Season ribs evenly with salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder. Rub in on all sides.
Add honey, soy sauce, and garlic to a large slow cooker.
Transfer the ribs to slow cooker and turn them over in sauce until coated. Position the ribs so they are standing up, with the meatier side down, and so the meat side is against the walls of the slow cooker, with the bone sides facing in.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 7 – 8 hours. Check after the allotted time, you want to make sure the meat is cooked through and tender.
Remove the ribs and transfer to cutting board.
Cut between the bones to separate into individual ribs.
Serve with additional sauce from the slow cooker, as needed.
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
2 cups of chopped onions
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped bell pepper.
1 pound smoked sausage, each link quartered length-wise then cut 1/2″ thick
10 cups water (low setting) or 6 cups water (high setting)
1 (1-pound) package Red Kidney Beans
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
6 cups cooked white or brown rice
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat.
Add the trinity, stir well, and cook until vegetables start to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure that the vegetables don’t stick.
Add the smoked sausage, stir well, and continue to cook until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Continue to stir occasionally to make sure trinity and sausage aren’t sticking.
Once done, remove the skillet from heat and transfer the contents to a slow cooker.
Add the water and red beans along with garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaves, and dried thyme. Stir well and place cover on the slow cooker.
Set the slow cooker on low for 10 hours (or 4 hours on high setting). Stir occasionally.
Before serving, stir in thinly sliced green onions and the desired amounts of salt and black pepper. Serve over rice and with hot sauce.
1 pork shoulder roast, 3 to 4 lbs, trimmed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (6 oz)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground allspice
3 tablespoons flour mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water Place roast in slow cooker/Crock Pot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine juice concentrate, brown sugar, nutmeg, and allspice; pour over roast. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for 8 hours. Before serving, skim juices and pour cooking liquid into a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour-water mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring, and continue cooking until thickened. Serve gravy with the pork roast.