It’s been a crazy, but great week: I finally started my second job for summer, which has made my life more busy but also fun! I also found out I am going to a national conference for my other job (I’m working with students from other colleges this summer, remember?). At this national conference, I am helping host a breakfast and moderate a panel for undergraduates’ research. I also get to see the students I’ve been working with present their work, which will be so rewarding. And btw, why do I strangely feel more “adult”-ish just being invited to do all this? Am I really becoming that much more older than college-age students?! Bah!
On the homefront, Ron and I are halfway moved in, which is much better than living in boxes (like last week)! I am also still experiencing hives. I’ve had them now for almost two months, which means I have a chronic outbreak. My skin literally turns red with welts if I touch anything. No biggie, though. I am going to go to the doctor and get some allergy testing done to see what’s going on!
Ok ok, onto the recipe! This week I made a fabulous dinner using a secret homestyle ingredient and my favorite summer cooking method: BBQ Pulled Chicken in the crockpot (with root beer)
My little red crockpot!
I LOVE using my slow cooker in the summer. It doesn’t generate too much heat, which means it’s the perfect cooking tool for a hot summer kitchen. I also love that I can just throw ingredients in a pot and be done with my meal! And this week, we made a BBQ chicken flavored with root beer that we used in three different ways: tacos, stuffed bell peppers, and sandwiches. Are you ready? Behold, my BBQ Pulled Chicken!
Honestly, this was the best BBQ Pulled meat I’ve ever made. I couldn’t show you the entire roasting chicken on a plate because the meat fell off all the bones! The moist chicken was literally breaking apart as I tried to lift it out! I was inspired to use root beer in my recipe after I spotted a Pulled Pork with root beer recipe on Allrecipes (that again, had 2,000 reviews and almost 5 stars!). I changed the recipe quite a bit, though, because I wanted a bit more complexity to my meat! I made a BBQ cooking sauce for my meat using BBQ sauce, root beer, soy sauce, honey, stock, and spices. I also added onions and bell peppers to the top of the meat to get some different flavors. The root beer gives the pulled meat sweetness, but also spicy notes as well. Such a strange ingredient, right? But so delicious! Ron absolutely loved it and claims this is his favorite chicken dish we’ve ever made. I personally love this recipe because we used it in three different ways for dinner during the week. We especially liked using the meat to make stuffed green bell peppers with brown rice, broccoli slaw, corn, meat, and cheese. MMMM! Get your crockpot on and start cooking, ladies and gents, because this is a crowd-pleaser! Enjoy!