More BBQ Chicken

The photo is from the last batch I cooked when I used the shallower crock pot insert. I’m using the deep one this time around since I’m cooking six boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves. I prepared them the same way as before, just made two layers in the pot. I am out of the Hickory House BBQ sauce that we like and the restaurant is closed until next week due to no A/C so I consulted my daughter and whipped up a batch of my own sauce using tomato catsup, molasses, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder and regular chili powder. Brad helped me tweak it until it was just right and didn’t taste too much like catsup. It needed a tad more garlic powder and molasses.

Since this is a double batch it will cook for the rest of the day and overnight on low. I’ll shred it all in the morning and send it out to the farm with Brad when he picks the kids up for church. I’ve got some Yukon Gold potatoes as well. I didn’t need a full five pound bag so I picked out the smaller potatoes for our meatloaf meal and that gives Audrey seven or eight fist sized potatoes to cook for her brood.

I had planned on starting the meatloaf last night and got busy and forgot it. Then Brad and David made plans to meet for dinner tonight so there was no point in starting the meatloaf yet. It’s worked out fine anyway and I’ll get the meatloaf ready and use the shallower crock pot liner for that meal. I can start it in the morning when I take the BBQ chicken out of the pot. Nice having different crock liners to use.

This thing is great! There is a deep crock, a shallower crock and another that has a divider in the middle so you can cook two different things at once. I’ve not used that one yet. It would be good for a meat dish in one half and a veggie dish in the other half. Hmm. That might work for the meatloaf come to think of it. The potatoes and carrots could go in the other half with a bit of liquid.

We are finally getting a reasonable break in the weather. It’s mostly cloudy today and at 2 pm it’s only 91° outside and there’s a nice breeze. We had a good rain shower early this morning but you can’t tell it now. Brad is out with the camera getting some good shots of where the propane line and electrical lines are buried after the generator and propane tank were installed. The flags are still up from the phone line being marked so he’ll get that documented as well. I’ll still be able to have three or four raised beds without worrying about those underground lines in the future.

He got to be pretty good at taking crime scene photos before he retired as head of CID for Sherman PD in 2005 and he’s enjoying himself outside with the camera. And he’s just come back in the house for a bit to see how the photos turned out.

I stepped outside for a few minutes to help him with the camera settings earlier since he hasn’t used this camera much. When I came back in the house I smelled garlic and onion cooking. Pretty soon I’ll be able to smell the BBQ chicken simmering.

I’ve got some free time for a bit and I’m going to read and work on my knitting. Have a blessed Saturday, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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