Crock to Cue: Enjoy chicken thighs on the BBQ with a little help from your slow cooker

Crock to Cue: Enjoy chicken thighs on the BBQ with a little help from your slow cooker

For many families, September marks the beginning of one of the busiest times of the year. It’s back to the grind work-wise, back to the kids’ after-school activities, and back to your own interests and routines be it the gym, hobbies and courses you’re pursuing, or a sport you enjoy that helps keep you active throughout the winter. Add to these busy times, shorter days and cooler weather, and many folks resign themselves to kissing their beloved barbecues good-bye. After all, who has time to grill chicken quarters or thighs, say, which generally require about 45 minutes of careful tending? But wait. There is an affordable-and-affable (my uppity term for cheap-and-cheerful) solution...

 


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Crock to Cue: Break out the slow cooker but leave out the BBQ for these succulent ribs

Crock to Cue: Break out the slow cooker but leave out the BBQ for these succulent ribs

Culinary-wise, I think of this as a transitional time of year when you’re not quite ready to say good-bye to the barbecue, but you’re itching to break out (or try out) the slow cooker. With your work schedule and - if you have kids - after-school activities heating up, these days evenings can be too hectic to linger over the grill tending meats than require longer cooking times such as ribs. And yet, it seems a tad too early to dive into cold-weather comfort foods ideal for the slow cooker such as stews and roasts. The solution? Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting – that is, cook up these fabulous ribs all day – and then, when you get home, finish them off on the cue. The result: BBQ Ribs with a grill-time of 15 minutes or less.

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