much ado about crock pots

This past weekend there was quite a bit of ruckus going on in the twitter world.  In fact, you could say that twitter?  Was all a’twitter about crock pots.

@thenextmartha (the lovely, Jen of The Martha Project), tweeted something along the lines of nothing good ever comes out of a crock pot.  You can read her post about that here.

There was sort of an uproar.  I mean, normally if you want to see twitter get so heated you tweet about breastfeeding vs bottle feeding or SAHM vs working mom or whatever, but who knew a household appliance could get so many panties in a bunch?

I’ll admit.  My panties were officially bunched over her blasphemous statement.

I really like my crock pot.

No.  I adore my crock pot.

I don’t even really know why I put it away.  From the minute the temperature dips below 70 degrees until sometime in March, we have a crock pot meal at LEAST once a week.

I was not the only one that felt this week.  We crock pot addicts came out in droves to defend our dinner machine.

In fact, a few of us (Miranda, Jen, and I) decided we had something to prove.  And?  This blog hop was born!  Miranda’s is the first post…and from what I’ve tried of her recipes?  They are going to be GOOOOD!!!!  So go check hers out.

As for me?  I am blessing you with THREE recipes: one for chicken, one for beef, and one for pork.

Ok so first is my crock pot recipe for chicken.  This thing is YUM!  I got it from my mom…from some little pamphlet she has.  This is too good for a pamphlet:

Chicken in a Pot:

2 carrots–sliced

2 small white onions–sliced

2 stalks of celery–cut into 1-inch pieces

1 whole broiler/fryer chicken (3-4 pounds-ish)

salt and pepper for taste

a can of no salt/low sodium chicken broth


put the veggies in the bottom of the crockpot and pour the can of chicken broth over them.  Throw in some salt and pepper for taste.  Put the chicken on top and add basil.

Plup (that is my mom’s term) in the crockpot on low for 8-10 hours.

Next up?  The soup that brings me back to my childhood…

Veggie Beef Soup:

about 3/4 pound of stew cut beef seared in a pan and then tossed in the crock pot

add (and I never measure this…just toss in to your liking):



corn (I used canned)

peas (I use frozen)

stewed tomatoes

beef broth (I usually use one of those boxes)

worchester sauce (just a couple tablespoons or so)

tomato juice (a couple cans)

a few beef boulion cubes

a few shakes of chili powder


Let this “plup” on low in the crock pot all day.  We like this with homemade cinnamon rolls. mmmm!

And last, but not least, a pork recipe my cousin, Rachel gave me.

Tangy Pork Ribs

You can use baby back or spare ribs for this, but I have also used a pork tenderloin and it was amazing, so choose some pork, sear it, throw it in a crock pot.

Then you want to create the magic sauce:

3/4 cups of white vinegar

1/2 cup of ketchup

2 tbs of sugar

2 tbs of worchester sauce

1 garlic clove minced

1/3 jar of your fave BBQ sauce (we use sweet baby rays)

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

dash of pepper

3/4 cups water

mix this all together and pour over your pork.

Let plup on low for about 6-8 hours.

I cannot even begin to explain how yum this is.  You will want it for leftovers, but you will find yourself eating ALL of it.

So…crock pot heaven right there.  But if you still don’t believe in the loveliness of the crock pot or if you just can’t get enough crock pot recipes?  There are bunches more just below!  Click and gather, people!

And if you have a great one to share?  Post it and link up!  This hop will be up for a week!  A long, tasty week!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. “plup?” I think I love it. Can I borrow that? I missed the crockpot uproar, but I’d have been right there with you because I love mine, too. Love the sound of these recipes & can’t wait to plup/try them!


    • yes, my mom has always used the term “plup”. It is just recently that I realized that this is not a universal term. Have fun pluping away, my friend!

  2. I will so enter! I have a whole wicked lot of crock pot (or slow cooker, as I’m supposed to say when writing for my cooking column) recipes. My panties? Are officially bunched.

    • OMG. I cannot WAIT to try that bread pudding you posted! mmmm!!! There is a chocolate cake one up there I am so trying too!

  3. For the record, cinnamon rolls are good with EVERYTHING.

  4. I missed this panties in a bunch on twitter. It took me a long time to love my slow cooker but we are good friends now!
    I’m writing about slow cooking next week, can I link to your recipes?

    • of course!!! Link away! I will be excited to see what you post! You are my go to for food advice! I am back on the healthy wagon, by the way! 🙂

  5. The crock pot ROCKS! I have an awesome recipe that I might just have to link up and share.

  6. I pause by the crockpot aisle at Target everytime I’m there but haven’t made the move yet. This post might be what I needed take the purchase. And besides, it might make me think about dinner before 3pm.

    • i’m telling you…the crock pot will change your life. You set it and forget it.

      I usually put everything in the night before and just turn it on before I leave for work. And when I get home? Dinner is served.


  7. Now if Jesus took my crockpot…I would die because that would mean that I would actually have to stand over a stove top and slave away at cooking a meal. Who does that anyways? Shhhh…don’t say Martha Stewart, her name makes my ears bleed.

  8. How did I miss this uproar on twitter!? I would have been totally defending the croc pots!!! I am making mac n cheese in it right now! LOVE the pork rib recipe!! You are making me so hungry!!!

  9. TheNextMartha says

    This stream of commenters? FILLLED with Crock Pot Lovers. ::Runs Away::

    • you know you love it. you can pretend…but I see through it.

      in fact you? have your crock pot on right now, don’t you?

  10. i need to read and bookmark some of these!

    • i have been printing them like CRAZY!!! I think we are going to be eating out of the crock pot for WEEKS at our house!

  11. I have entered! And with a dessert no less! Take THAT haters.

  12. This is my all-time favorite crock pot recipe. Kids and husband just love it!

    Gourmet Chicken in a Crock Pot

    6-8 Frozen Chicken Breasts
    1 pkt Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
    2 cans Cream of _____________ soup
    ½ cup Cooking Sherry (optional)
    1 pkg Cream Cheese, cubed

    1. Place 2 chicken breasts in crock pot.
    2. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning mix.
    3. Cover with cream soup.
    4. Repeat steps 1-3, layering chicken breast until all chicken is in the crock pot.
    5. Sprinkle the optional cooking sherry over everything.
    6. Cook chicken on low 6-8 hours or high 2-3 hours until done.
    7. One hour before serving, add the cubed cream cheese, stirring occasionally to blend.

    Serve over rice or noodles. Looks great next to green vegetables!

  13. i linked up an older post i wrote, but some moms might like it cause what kid doesnt like applesauce! and sorry its totally not an original recipe, thats not how i roll!

    • none of mine were original either. they were given to me by someone! and YUM to applesauce!

  14. How did I miss all of this…. maybe ’cause I’m slow (I do everything slow, especially my cooking ~ Buh Dum Dum CHI). Either way, the crock pot is a great appliance. I use mine at least every other day. I do things other than mushy recipes…. most of the recipe I use don’t require canned cream of soups (which was important to me). I’ve boiled eggs, melted and reshaped crayons, baked bread, and even used my multiple crock pots to set up a breakfast buffet. Keep rocking the crock girls!


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