Looking for an easy back-to-school dinner idea? As schedules become extra hectic with after school activities, it’s the perfect time for slow cooker recipes.
Check out this recipe for Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches. It calls for a beef roast, but you can also substitute other types of meat such as pork or venison. I like that the recipe uses common ingredients that I typically have on hand.
For added flavor, take a few minutes to brown the beef roast before placing it in the slow cooker. You can serve the barbecue beef on buns, as suggested, or try spooning it over a baked potato for another easy meal idea.
Keep in mind the rule of thumb for filling a slow cooker – it should be half to two-thirds full. After the initial hour of cooking time on “high”, the barbecue mixture can simmer on “low” for eight hours or longer. So, that way, it’s ready when you are.
The recipe makes enough for a crowd, which comes in handy for family gatherings such as the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days (if they last that long!) or in the freezer for up to three months.
If you want to make clean up easier (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) you may want to line your slow cooker with a disposable heat resistant plastic liner bag. If you haven’t used them before, you’ll find them near the plastic storage bags in your grocery store.
Karen Davis, Culinary Specialist, Taste of Home Cooking School