Barbecue Chicken Meatball Sliders

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion (we used yellow onion)
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • ¼ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons koser salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • Slider buns (we used Pepperidge Farm Golden Potato Slider Buns), pickles (we used dill pickle slices), and White Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows), to serve

Directions

  1. Take a small skillet out and pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into it, placing the skillet over medium heat. Once the oil’s hot, toss in the onion, cooking it for 6 minutes or until it’s softened. Transfer the softened onions to a large mixing bowl, letting them cool before adding the following ingredients to the bowl as well: chicken, bread crumbs, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Stir well to combine, putting a lid on the bowl afterwards and placing it in the fridge for one hour. Take the  bowl out of the fridge and roll the chicken mixture into 32 balls (about 4 teaspoons of the mixture per meatball).
  2. Preheat your  oven to 350 degrees. Take a rimmed baking sheet out and spray it with cooking spray (we lined our baking sheet with aluminum foil and then sprayed the foil with cooking spray).
  3. Take a large skillet out and pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into it, placing the skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil’s hot, add a portion of the meatballs in, gently turning them now and then for 3 minutes or until they get browned all over (we had to turn them frequently so they wouldn’t get burnt). Transfer the browned meatballs to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meatballs, adding in the last tablespoon of oil if necessary.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked. Serve the meatballs on the buns, topping the meatballs with the pickles and White Barbecue Sauce.

White Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl, stirring until combined and smooth. You can serve this right away or cover and stick it in the fridge for up to a week.

We love Alabama barbecue so when we saw a meatball slider version, we had to try it out ! You get a little bit of smokiness in the meatballs and while the meatballs taste good on their own, these sliders taste fantastic once the White Barbecue Sauce is added on. The sauce was creamy and tangy and paired wonderfully with the meatball. The pickle slices only add more flavor as well as some crunchiness to the dish that’d be missing otherwise. Hope you enjoy these as much as we did !

We got this recipe from Taste Of The South.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Pepperidge Farm or Taste Of The South.

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Barbecue Pork Tacos

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (4- to 5-lb.) boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt), trimmed
  • 1 (18-oz.) bottle barbecue sauce (we used Jack Daniel’s Hickory Barbecue Sauce)
  • 1 (12-oz.) can cola soft drink (we used Caffeine Free Coca-Cola)
  • 10 to 12 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
  • Toppings: chopped tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, shredded Cheddar cheese (we used sharp Cheddar cheese), chopped fresh cilantro (we also used sliced radishes)

Directions

  1. Take a 6-quart slow cooker out and lightly grease the inside of it using the cooking spray. Put the pork in the bottom of the slow cooker, pouring the barbecue sauce and cola in afterwards. Put a lid on the slow cooker, letting the pork cook on LOW heat for 8 to 10 hours or until the meat shreds easily with a fork.
  2. Take the pork out of the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board. Shred the meat using two forks, throwing away any chunks of fat. Skim any fat from the sauce before adding the shredded pork back in.
  3. Spoon the pork into the tortillas, adding on your choice of toppings afterwards.

We recommend actually fixing this a day or two before you plan on it actually being eaten ‘cause while the flavors aren’t bad on the first day per se, it tastes a lot better after it’s sat in the fridge for a day or two. You get a nice sweetness from the sauce (not like candy sweet though) and the meat is really tender. If you choose to add the toppings then the radish will give a nice crunch, the jalapeños bring heat and crunch, cilantro and tomato bring a nice freshness, and what doesn’t cheese make better?

This recipe came from Southern Living.

We weren’t paid in any form to mention/promote Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola or Southern Living.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in country-style pork ribs
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (we used reduced-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (we used hickory smoke)
  • 1 teaspoons ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Take a 6-quart slow cooker out and spray the inside of it with cooking spray. Place the ribs down on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Take a medium-sized mixing bowl out and add to it the remaining ingredients (tomato paste – minced garlic), stirring to combine. Pour the tomato mixture over the ribs, turning the ribs so they get thoroughly coated in the mixture.
  3. Place a layer of paper towels over the slow cooker, putting the lid on afterwards. Cook on LOW for 5 to 5 ½ hours or until the meat’s tender. Serve the ribs with the sauce and enjoy !

The meat was practically falling off the bone, it was so tender ! You take a bite and you can taste a sweet and spicy flavor but you’ll get some smokiness at the end of the bite. A great recipe when you’re hankering some ribs but don’t feel like cooking outdoors.

We got this recipe from a Paula Deen magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote the magazine.

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Barbecue Pulled Pork

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 4-inch pieces (With the size of our pork, this meant it was just going to get cut in half and that just seemed too big to get cooked in the time listed so we cut each half in half.)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped (we used yellow onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup apple  cider vinegar
  • 4 hamburger buns or potato rolls (we used whole-wheat hamburger buns)
  • Coleslaw and pickle slices for serving (we used Chipotle-Lime Slaw and the Fire And Ice Pickles)

Directions

  1. Take a bowl out and mix the following ingredients in it until combined: brown sugar, mustard powder, allspice, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Take half of the spice mixture and rub it all over the pork. Place the pork in a resealable plastic bag and place it in the fridge for 1 to 4 hours (we put ours in the fridge for a little over 2 ½ hours).
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (we moved our rack down one from the middle). Take a large Dutch oven and pour the oil into it, setting the heat to medium. Once the oil’s hot, add the pork in and let it cook for 8 minutes or until browned all over, turning occasionally (we browned each side for 1-2 minutes). For ourselves, we could only fit 2 pieces in at a time and we had to pour a little more oil into the Dutch oven before browning the other two pieces of pork. Once the pork’s browned take it out of the Dutch oven and place it on a plate for now.
  3. Toss the onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper into the Dutch oven, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until the onions have softened. Add the tomato paste and the other half of the spice mixture in, continuing to stir for another 2 minutes. Add in the chicken broth, ketchup, vinegar and 2 cups of water, stirring to combine. Tear 1 bun into pieces and throw that into the Dutch oven as well. Add the pork back in and wait for simmering to occur.
  4. Put the lid on the Dutch oven and place it in the oven. Cook for 2 hours or until the pork’s really tender (took 2 ½ hours* for us). Take the lid off the Dutch oven and cook it in the oven for 20 additional minutes or until the sauce thickens a little (we called it good at the 20 minute mark). Take the meat out and shred it using 2 forks. Place the shredded meat in a large mixing bowl and add enough sauce into the bowl so all of the pork gets coated in it. Serve the pork on buns, topped with coleslaw and pickles.

If you don’t want to cook this in the oven, the original recipe offers a slow cooker option where you follow the directions until the end of step 3, using only ½ onion and omitting the water. Place everything in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW heat for 7 hours. We haven’t tried this method ourselves but we felt like we should tell you about it just in case you’d rather use this method instead.

*We checked at the 2 hour mark and when we saw that it wasn’t “really tender” we flipped the pieces of pork over and cooked it for another 30 minutes.

We love this recipe. The meat has a sweetness and some spice to it but it’s more on the subtle side. While we were shredding it, we couldn’t keep our hands off of it. We MIGHT have ate more than we should have. It’s like chips, you can’t stop at just one ! Once the sauce is added on though, it amplifies the flavor. The coleslaw adds a crunch and some definite heat to the sandwich. All the flavors and the crunch from the pickle come through and work well with the other components. The crunch from the toppings is a nice contrast against the tender meat.

Recipe source unknown.

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Backyard Barbecue Beans

Ingredients

  • ½ cup barbecue sauce (we used Bull’s-Eye Original)
  • ½ cup ketchup (we used Hunt’s 100% Natural)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard (we used French’s)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (we used hickory smoke)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (we used garlic powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ¼ pounds bratwurst, casings removed (we used a 19 oz. package of Johnsonville Brats Original)
  • 2 onions, chopped (we used yellow onion)
  • 2 (28-ounces each) cans baked beans (we used Bush’s Original)
  • 2 (15-ounces each) cans pinto beans, drained (we used Bush’s brand)
  • 2 (15-ounces each) cans cannellini beans, drained (we used Bush’s brand)
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Ro-tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces (we used Wright Naturally Hickory Smoked)

Directions

  1. With the oven rack set in the middle, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a large mixing bowl out and add the following ingredients to it, stirring until combined: barbecue sauce, ketchup, water, mustard, vinegar, liquid smoke, granulated garlic and cayenne. Leave the sauce off to the side for now.
  2. Take a 12-inch nonstick skillet out and set the heat to medium-high. Once the skillet’s hot add the bratwurst to it. Using a spoon, break the meat up into small bite-size pieces, cooking for 5 minutes or until the fat starts to render. Add the onions into the skillet and stir for 15 minutes or until the onions and sausage are both well browned.
  3. Take the sausage mixture out of the skillet and add it to the sauce, followed by the baked beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans and the tomatoes, stirring to combine and ensure that all the ingredients are equally distributed throughout. Take a 13- x 9-inch metal baking pan* out and place it on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Place the bean mixture in the baking pan, topping it with a single layer of bacon.
  4. Place the pan in the oven (with the baking sheet still underneath it) and cook for 1 ½ hours or until the beans are bubbling and the bacon’s rendered (ours took 1 hour and 45 minutes). Let the beans cool for 15 minutes before serving.

*We used an EZ Foil Lasagna Pan (13 ¼ x 9 5/8 x 2 ¾-inch).

This is good the first night but it’s even better the next day ! The first day you can taste the sweetness and smokiness but it’s on the second day that you notice the spiciness more. It makes your lips tingle but it doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors. It’s got an excellent mouthfeel to it. It will thicken up some overnight and it’s great to eat cold or warmed up !

This recipe came from Cook’s Illustrated.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Bull’s-Eye, Hunt’s, French’s, Johnsonville, Bush’s, Ro-tel, Wright, EZ Foil or Cook’s Illustrated.

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Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Sauce
    • 1 ½ cups catsup (ketchup)
    • ¾ cup water
    • 1 cup chopped onion (we used yellow onion)
    • 5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 4  teaspoons vinegar (we used white vinegar)
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (we used light brown sugar)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced, cooked chicken (we used pulled breast meat from 2 rotisserie chickens)
  • 9 sesame seed buns

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Take a medium-sized bowl out and mix all the sauce ingredients together in it. Take a 2-quart casserole dish out and place the chicken in it. Pour the sauce over the chicken, tossing to coat. Place in the oven to cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve on the buns.

This is such an easy dish to make ! The sauce is sweet and tangy and the onions still have a little crunch to them which is a nice contrast to the tender chicken.

Recipe source unknown.

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Barbecue Country Ribs

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (we used light brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (we used table salt)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (accidentally used 2 tsp.)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional (we used Frank’s RedHot Original)
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke, optional (we used hickory)

Directions

  1. Take a 5-qt. slow cooker out and place the ribs in it first. Take a large mixing bowl out and combine remaining ingredients together in it, pouring the sauce mixture over the ribs afterwards.
  2. Put the lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or until the meat is tender (we checked on the ribs after 5 ½ hours and ours were tender by that point).

This was such an easy recipe to make ! The meat was practically falling apart, it was tender. We weren’t sure if accidentally adding more garlic powder than the recipe recommended would mess up the flavor but the sauce tasted good to us so it was a happy accident !

This recipe came from Taste of Home.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Frank’s RedHot or Taste of Home.

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