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Y’all, let me tell you about this roast!  It is now my favorite way to cook a beef roast and it will be a long time before I try a different way.  This is one of those recipes that seems to always be popping up on Pinterest, but after my co-worker loved it and after Plain Chicken loved it, I knew it had to be great. 

This is so easy and tasty and I could just go on and on!  This is the perfect Sunday supper main dish.

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3 lb. pot roast (I used a chuck roast.)

1 packet Ranch dressing mix (I used Penzey’s Spices ranch dressing mix. It’s the best and no MSG!)

1 packet Au Jus mix

6 pepperoncini peppers

1 stick butter

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Spray the crock of your slow cooker with non-stick spray.  Place the roast in the crock.  Sprinkle the ranch dressing mix and Au Jus mix over the roast.  Place the peppers around the roast and, lastly, put the stick of butter on top.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours and try not to gobble the whole thing up in one sitting.  I dare you!! 

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Here’s another great slow cooker recipe from Eat At Home Cooks who is one of my all time favorite bloggers.  Tiffany is not only a great cook and writer, but also a fellow Kentuckian!

I used her recipe as my inspiration and almost all of the flavors are the same, but I made my own gravy and didn’t use the mix included in her recipe.  Most of the mix packets have MSG and I am extremely allergic so I just made a basic gravy with flour and broth.

These steaks make a great supper with your favorite comfort food side dishes like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.  I wish my photos were better, but meat is my photography nemesis!

Slow Cooker Cube  Steaks 1

1/2 cup + 3 tbsp. all purpose flour, divided

2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. dry mustard powder

Approximately 2 lbs. cube steak

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1/2 cup diced onion

1 cup beef broth

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Combine 1/2 cup flour, salt, garlic powder and ground mustard in a pie pan.  Dredge the cube steaks in the flour mixture.

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Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Brown the steaks in the oil for about 2 minutes on each side.  Place the browned steaks in your slow cooker.

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Add the remaining 3 tbsp. flour to the hot skillet and stir this into the oil leftover from the steaks for about 30 seconds.  Pour in the beef broth and continue stirring constantly.  Make sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet well to get all of the tasty bits in to the gravy.  Add the diced onions and cook on low for about 5 minutes.

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Pour the gravy over the steaks and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

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Y’all know I love a good slow cooker main dish and this is a great use of stew meat or another cut that might not be quite so tender.  Browning the meat before it goes in the slow cooker gives it great flavor and cooking it low and slow makes it just fall apart. I found this gem at RecipesThatCrock.com and adapted it to suit my ingredients.

Slow Cooker Steak Tips

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

salt & pepper to taste

2 lbs. (approximately) beef tips or stew meat

2-3 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 cup beef broth or stock

1/4 cup Worcestshire sauce

1/8 cup soy sauce

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Combine flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper in a large bowl.  Put the meat in the bowl and toss to coat.  Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet and brown the meat on all sides.

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In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Place the meat in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over the meat.  Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.  This goes great with potatoes and a salad.

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Slow Cooker Steak Tips

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Did you know that Pinterest can be addictive?  Yes, I am joking, kind of, since I don’t spend a ton of time on there.  If I ever do starting browsing, I can be there for hours if I would let myself.  This recipe is a Pinterest “find” from My Sweet Mission and it was a huge success.

To me, Sundays are perfect for slow cooker main dishes and this made a great addition to my repertoire.  I highly recommend it.

Slow Cooker Southern Steaks

2 lbs. top round steaks, cut into 3 or 4 inch pieces

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

3 cups beef broth

1/4 cup all purpose flour

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Sprinkle the steaks with salt and pepper.  Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil.  Add half of the steak pieces to the hot skillet and brown on each side.  Place the first batch in your slow cooker and brown the last batch.  Place those in the slow cooker after they are browned.

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Pour 2 cups of the beef broth into the hot pan.  Reduce heat to medium.  In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of broth, flour, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Whisk until the flour is dissolved.

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Add the flour mixture slowly to the hot pan.  Stir constantly until the broth thickens into a gravy.  Pour this over the steaks in the slow cooker.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.  Steaks are done when fork tender.

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Eat At Home Cooks is one of my favorite all time food blogs.  It doesn’t hurt that she hails from my home state of Kentucky and her recipes are tasty and use normal ingredients that most of us will have on hand. 

Her Apple BBQ pork chop recipe is all that and more.  These beauties can be grilled, baked or made in the slow cooker like I did.  You can change out the type of sauce you use to suit your taste as well.  These made a great Sunday dinner.

Apple BBQ Pork Chops 2

6 bone in pork chops

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

salt & pepper to taste

1 cup BBQ sauce (I used honey BBQ.)

1/2 cup apple jelly

2 or 3 drops of liquid smoke (Optional, but it does add great flavor.)

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Heat a large skillet over medium heat and pour in about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.  Season the chops with salt and pepper and brown them on each side in the heated skillet.

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Put the apple jelly in a small bowl and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir the BBQ and liquid smoke into the warmed jelly to complete the sauce.

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Layer the chops with the sauce in a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.  That’s all there is to it.

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My family loves pulled pork and I love finding new and easy ways to fix it.  This version is from the site Spend With Pennies and it is really good.  The Dr. Pepper soda really adds a great little flavor boost to go with the sauce.  The fact that it is made in the slow cooker makes it even better.

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork BBQ

1 pork roast

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

1/2 cup diced onion

1 bottle BBQ sauce (I used Honey BBQ.)

12 oz. Dr. Pepper

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Place the diced onion in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Season the roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Place the roast in the slow cooker and pour the Dr. Pepper over the meat.  Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours until the meat is extremely tender.

Remove the roast and shred it with two forks. 

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Place the shredded meat back in the slow cooker with all of the juice and pour in the BBQ sauce.  Let it cook on high for another hour.  Serve with rolls and the sides of your choice.

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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

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One of the great things about being a member of the Kentucky Food Bloggers Association and the Southern Food Bloggers Association is having contact with other wonderful bloggers.  They are wonderful cooks and writers and I encourage you to visit their blogs as well. 

A Southern Soul is a perfect example.  Donya has some delicious recipes and her site is neat and easy to read.  This slow cooker roast is going to lead into another recipe next week which may be even better than just the roast and the roast is wonderful.

Slow Cooker Roast

2-3 lb. beef roast

1/2  large onion sliced

2 cups beef broth

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

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Let the roast come to room temperature for 30 minutes.  Slice the onion and place in in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Put the roast on top of the onions and season with salt, pepper, garlic & thyme.

Pour the broth around the sides of the roast.  Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours. 

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