The best part of this slow cooker recipe is that it does all the work! All you have to do is come home to a prepared dinner of sticky, fall apart, melt-in-your-mouth incredible ribs!

2 cups barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup diced FRESH roasted Hatch chiles
4 pounds baby back pork ribs
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Spray inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Remove and discard the inner membrane from the ribs and cut into slabs that will fit into your slow cooker.
  • Generously season the ribs with a good amount of salt and pepper.
  • Combine BBQ sauce, brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and chiles in a small bowl, mixing well to combine.
  • Completely cover the ribs with half of the sauce. 

  • Cover with lid and cook on low setting for 7-9 hours or high setting for 3-5 hours (see notes).
  • Refrigerate remaining sauce to use later.

  • When ribs are tender and falling apart, transfer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Lift them carefully as the meat will be very tender and falling off the bone). 

  • Pour half of the juices from the slow cooker bowl into the remaining sauce.
  • Baste ribs with half of the sauce and broil in preheated oven at 400° for 5-10 minutes or until beginning to char and crisp on the edges. 

  • Serve ribs with remaining sauce.


  • Cook times seriously depend on the desired results you are looking for:
  • Ribs that are soft but stay on the bone = LOW: 5-6 HOURS / HIGH: 3 HOURS.
  • Tender, fall apart ribs that melt in your mouth like butter = LOW: 7-8 HOURS / HIGH: 4-5 HOURS.

HATCH CHILES are my favorite green chile. They are similar to their cousin the Anaheim green chile, but is specific to the Hatch Valley in southern New Mexico. Hatch chiles only come from Hatch, New Mexico. The HATCH green chile is especially popular throughout all of New Mexico, as well as Texas and Southern California.

They have a balanced, smoky heat that enhances both savory and sweet dishes. You can buy a canned version of roasted Hatch chiles, but nothing beats a FRESH roasted one. August and September are the BEST times to find them.

True Parmesan cheese only comes from the Reggio Emilia and Parma region, champagne only comes from the champagne wine region of France and similarily Hatch chiles from the Hatch Valley are like grapes coming from the Napa Valley.

Hatch chiles are extremely versatile. I add them to stews, sauces, dips, dressings, salsa and even desserts. Some of my favorite sandwich cookies in the world (Sweet Lime chile) come from the HEB grocery chain in Texas. Try adding some FRESH roasted chopped chiles to your apple pie or on top of a burger or your slice of pizza.

Green and red Hatch chiles are the same pepper just picked at different times. They do each offer distinct flavors though. I LOVE them best in August when they offer a smoky flavor. But, in September when the turn red they offer a sweeter flavor better suited for the sweeter recipes.

Right now there is a local food truck specializing in Roasted Hatch Chiles in our little town and I have been taking full advantage of buying them FRESH roasted and preparing them for the freezer so I’ll have them all year long.


1-2 racks pork spare ribs, fat layer removed
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 cup PACKED brown sugar
6 ounce can pineapple juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 can crushed pineapple
1-2 tablespoons corn starch

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line baking sheet with foil.
  • Remove fat layer on back of rack.
  • GENEROUSLY season both sides of pork.
  • Place rack on baking sheet meet side up and cover with foil tightly.
  • Bake covered for 90 minutes without peeking.
  • Cut racks into 3-4 rib sections.
  • Add rib sections to slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, pineapple juice, ground giner and apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour sauce over ribs, cover and cook on low 2 hours.
  • Ladle out 1/2-1 cup of sauce and whisk in cornstarch.
  • Add pineapple to cornstarch mixture.
  • Stir pineapple mixture into sauce, recover and cook another 1/2-1 hour until ribs are tender and well coated.



1 1/2 pounds dried beans (I use a combination of navy, pinto and black beans)
1 smoked ham hock
2 tablespoons salt
8 cups HOMEMADE stock
1 pound QUALITY ground beef
1 LARGE Vidalia onion, small diced
1/2 pound salt pork, cut into small cubes
1/2 bacon, diced
1 can hominy, chopped small
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup PURE maple syrup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup jalapeño ketchup

1 tablespoon Coleman’s dry mustard (optional)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 cups dark brown sugar

  • Soak beans overnight, sort out the bad ones and then drain off the water.


  • In a large dutch oven cover the ham hock with 8 cups HOMEMADE chicken stock. Simmer 1-2 hours until meat is falling from the bone and liquid has cooked down to about half. Add meat to the slow cooker.
  • Cover the beans and chopped hominy with the ham hock broth in a large dutch oven. Add 2 tablespoons salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 25-30 minutes until softened. Drain (but reserve liquid) and add beans to slow cooker.
  • Whisk together the molasses, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper, jalapeno ketchup and mustard if using. Pour into slow cooker.
  • While beans are simmering brown the ground beef with the onion pieces. Drain and add to slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet brown the bacon and salt pork until JUST crisp. Drain off grease and add to slow cooker.
  • Stir everything together until well mixed. Add enough of the reserved ham hock liquid to just cover the beans, stirring to combine.
  • Cook on high for 1-2 hours and then on low for 5-6 hours. Stir occasionally, adding just enough water to keep beans from drying out.


HONEY ROASTED RIBS adapted from Cook’s Country

Cut the racks into thirds to allow them to fit into the plastic bags while they marinate. The used marinade is then boiled and transformed into a glaze for the ribs.

This recipe turns the humble into the extraordinary and perfectly tender, meaty, crusty, sticky, honey glazed, finger licking great ribs that leaves your family reaching for more ribs until the plate is empty so be sure and make plenty.

5 – 6 pounds baby back ribs (2 racks, 2 1/2- to 3-pounds each), trimmed, membranes removed, each rack cut into 3 equal pieces

1 1/4 cup QUALITY honey
5 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Dijon mustard, optional
1 bunch green onions, white parts minced, green parts sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, FINELY crushed
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Divide ribs between two 1-gallon zipper-lock bags.
  • Whisk honey, liquid aminos, vinegar, mustard (if using), scallion whites, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne together in bowl.
  • Divide marinade between bags, seal, and turn to coat ribs evenly with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours, turning bags ­occasionally.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325.
  • Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set wire rack in sheet.
  • Add enough warm tap water to cover entire bottom of sheet (about 2 cups). The water gives off extra steam keeping the ribs extra moist and prevents the drippings from burning.
  • Transfer ribs, meaty side up, to prepared wire rack; reserve marinade in refrigerator.
  • Tent ribs loosely with foil and bake for 1¼ hours.
  • Uncover ribs and continue cooking until just tender, about 1 hour longer.
  • Bring reserved marinade to boil in large dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook until thickened to glaze consistency, about 5 minutes.
  • Brush ribs with 1/3 cup glaze, return to oven, and continue to cook 15-30 minutes until glaze begins to bubble and ribs are brown.
  • Transfer ribs to cutting board (leave hot water and sheet in oven to cool), tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Cut ribs between bones, add to Dutch oven, and toss to coat with remaining glaze.
  • Transfer to platter and sprinkle with scallion greens and ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Serve.



Plan ahead to make this simply delicious and juicy BBQ chicken. Marinating for 24 hours or more is best for providing the most flavor.

¾ cup QUALITY whiskey
¾ cup pineapple juice
½ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
4-5 garlic cloves, FINELY minced
2 tablespoons QUALITY Worcestershire sauce
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
4 chicken breasts

  • Whisk together whiskey, pineapple juice, BBQ sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and pepper.
  • Pour over chicken and let marinate overnight (24 hours is best) in the refrigerator.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and grill for 12 to 15 minutes. (see notes)
  • Brush with additional BBQ sauce before removing from grill.


  • To prepare chicken inside instead of grilling, pan sear the chicken on both sides for 3 minutes. Place the chicken on a baking sheet, brush with BBQ sauce and bake for 5-10 minutes at 400º.
  • You can substitute Bourbon if you prefer.


As everyone knows bacon is the duct tape of the culinary world or more commonly BACON MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER 😀

This recipe is super simple, yet extremely tasty! PERFECT for any night of the week. It is also grill friendly if you don’t want to heat up the kitchen, but I prefer the oven.

8 slices bacon
4 LARGE chicken breasts
1 LARGE can WHOLE green chiles, rinsed and sliced open
FRESH ground black pepper
Garlic Salt
4 ounces COLD cream cheese, sliced into 8 pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, optional

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Line baking sheet with foil and top with roasting rack LIGHTLY sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Slice chicken breasts lengthwise so you have 8 thin steaks.
  • Season both sides of chicken steaks with garlic salt and FRESH ground black pepper.
  • Place cream cheese slices on top of chicken steaks.
  • Add a green chile on top of the cream cheese.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Roll each piece up TIGHTLY.
  • Wrap each piece with a bacon slice and secure with toothpicks.
  • Arrange chicken bundles in a single layer on roasting rack.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes.
  • Brush with BBQ sauce and bake another 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp and chicken is cooked through.


2 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup QUALITY honey
1/4 cup chiles in adobo sauce, chopped small
1/4 cup yellow mustard (OPTIONAL) see notes
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
12 bone in pieces of chicken (legs and thighs work best) see notes
2 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
1 bunch green onions, FINELY minced
1/4 cup avocado oil

  • Whisk together the ketchup(s), brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, Chipotle peppers in sauce, mustard if using, salt, pepper, garlic salt and onion salt until well blended.
  • Place chicken pieces in a large ziploc bag.
  • Pour marinade over chicken pieces and seal tight.
  • Marinade in refrigerator for AT LEAST 4 hours.


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line baking sheet with heavy duty foil.
  • In a small bowl toss together the avocado oil and onions.
  • Spread the onion and oil mixture onto the foil covered baking sheet.
  • Remove chicken pieces from the bag and place on top of the onion oil mixture in a single layer.
  • Brush with marinade.Reserve remaining marinade.
  • Bake 45 minutes.
  • Brush with reserved marinade again and bake 5 minutes more.
  • Let rest 5-10 minutes.


  • I’m deathly allergic to mustard so I substitute a jalapeno ketchup that works quite well 😀
  • Boneless, skinless pieces can be substituted, BUT be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly! And I cover them for the first half of time with aluminum foil.
  • This recipe adapts to the grill quite easily also!


This quick and easy, but also budget friendly meal is flavor packed for a quick weeknight meal.

2 tablespoons butter
1 pound ground beef
2/3 cup FRESH breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons + 3/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
1 LARGE egg
1/4 cup FINELY chopped red onion
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped parsley, + more for garnish

  • In a large bowl combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, red onion, 2 tablespoons parsley and 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce gently mixing JUST until combined.
  • Divide into 12 meatballs.
  • In a large ovenproof skillet melt butter over medium high heat making sure to coat sides also.
  • Add meatballs and brown 5-7 minutes until all sides are browned.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the 3/4 cup BBQ sauce and beef broth.
  • Pour into skillet around meatballs. Turn meatballs to coat.
  • Bring to a LOW boil, reduce heat and cover, simmer 5-7 minutes until sauce is heated through and meatballs are well coated.
  • Heat broiler.
  • Sprinkle cheese evenly over meatballs.
  • Broil 2 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Garnish with parsley.

4 LARGE Yukon gold potatoes
2-3 slices bacon, diced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup FULL fat sour cream
4 tablespoons butter, divided and softened
2 green onions, FINELY diced

  • Preheat oven 400°.
  • Line baking sheet with foil.
  • Wash potatoes and pierce with fork.
  • Add potatoes to baking sheet.
  • Bake 1 hour until tender.
  • While potatoes are bacon, crisp up bacon in skillet and drain on paper toweling.
  • When potatoes are tender, slit them open.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each potato and generously sprinkle with
  • FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Add bacon pieces and cheese.
  • Increase heat to broil.
  • Add potatoes, broiling 2-3 minutes until cheese melts and becomes golden.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with green onions or chives.


2-4 pound boneless pork butt
8 ounces tomato sauce
16 ounces BBQ sauce (whatever your favorite is)
1 large onion, SMALL chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
8 buns

  • Whisk together the tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin and cinnamon until well blended.
  • Stir in onion pieces.
  • Add mixture to a large dutch oven.
  • Generously season pork with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Submerge pork in sauce, turning to coat.
  • Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce to low and simmer 4 hours or until meat is tender and shreds easily.
  • Shred meat into sauce and keep warm until ready to serve.

NOTE: If you prefer this can be baked in the oven using the same pan and time frame.


This is traditionally made with thin slices of beef, but we had it in a Hello Fresh meal with pork tenderloin and enjoyed the flavor so much that I decided to recreate it. Traditionally it is served in thin slices, but works well on steaks and cutlets too.


1 pork tenderloin cut into 1 inch steaks
1/2 small pear or Japanese apple, peeled and coarsely grated
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon Gochujang
1 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Prepared rice

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the grated pear, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and gochujang. Set aside for the moment.
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Lightly spray a small sheet pan with non stick spray. Set aside.
  • Pat pork steaks dry with paper towels.
  • Generously season pork all over with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add pork; sear, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 4-8 minutes.
  • Add to sheet pan in a single layer.
  • Roast on top rack for 10-12 minutes until steaks are cooked through. Turn them over half way through.
  • Using the skillet the pork steaks were seared in heat butter over medium heat.
  • Add green onion whites and sear 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour in sauce ingredients from the bowl and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until thick. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin out the sauce if necessary.
  • Thinly slice pork crosswise, if desired.
  • Drizzle pork  and rice with sauce.
  • Sprinkle with scallion greens and toasted sesame seeds.


2 1/2 pounds chicken (I like to use thighs)
2 tablespoons Pampered Chef Kansas City style BBQ rub
2 teaspoons baking powder

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Toss the chicken with the rub and baking powder.
  • Arrange in a single layer on a large stone or stainless sheet pan.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes until cooked through, flipping chicken pieces midway.

1 cup jalapeno ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon Pampered Chef Kansas City style BBQ rub
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey

  • Whisk together the ketchup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, molasses and Kansas City style BBQ rub in a saucepan until well blended, bringing to a simmer 8-10 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in honey.
  • Add baked wings to a large bowl.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and toss to coat.


12 ounces Dr. Pepper
1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 cloves garlic FINELY minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3-4 pounds of your favorite chicken pieces or wings

  • In a large sauce pan whisk together the Dr. Pepper, chili sauce, vinegar, garlic and sugar over a medium high heat and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 20 minutes or so, stirring often until reduced and thickened. Set aside.


  • Prepare grill to medium direct heat grilling. (I use a non-stick spray).
  • Generously season the chicken with the FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Place chicken skin side down over direct heat and sear 5 minutes.
  • Flip chicken skin side up to indirect heat. Close lid and cook 25-30 minutes until chicken is JUST about cooked through. (No blood or pink meat)
  • Generously brush chicken with sauce ever 5 minutes for 15-20 minutes more.