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You don’t want to spend game day slaving over a hot stove. You want to use that energy to cheer for your favorite team.

Instead, let your crockpot do all the hard work with these delicious recipes for macaroni and cheese, pulled pork, and baked beans.

 

Macaroni and Cheese Crockpot Recipe

What’s more comforting than mac and cheese and country music? You get them both with this recipe from Trisha Yearwood posted on foodnetwork.com.

Items you’ll need:

  • 20 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 large beaten eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ stick melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash paprika
  • Cooking spray

What to do:

Coat a four-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Mix in the slow cooker 4 ½ cups of the grated sharp cheddar cheese, the butter, the macaroni, the eggs, the evaporated milk, the whole milk, salt, and pepper.

Cover the top of the mixture with the remaining ½ cup of cheese.

Dust the top with paprika.

Close the crockpot and cook over low heat for three hours and 15 minutes.

Stir and serve.

 

Pulled Pork Crockpot Recipe

Don’t think that your tailgate party is doomed because stadium authorities won’t allow you to dig up the parking lot to build a barbeque pit. You can make pulled pork in a much easier way with this recipe from epicurious.com.

Items you’ll need:

  • 1 pork shoulder; ¾ pound per person if bone-in, ½ pound per person if boneless
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • If Mexican flavor, chipotles in adobo, garlic, cinnamon, beer, and orange juice
  • If traditional American flavor, ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and Coca-Cola
  • If Asian flavor, ginger, garlic, Sriracha, and pineapple juice
  • Any alternate or additional seasoning items that you prefer

What to do:

Coat all surfaces of the pork with a generous amount of kosher salt.

Repeat with freshly ground black pepper.

Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker. The fatter side should face upward.

Add the quartered onion.

Add the aromatics according to the type of flavor you want to achieve.

Regardless of your choice of seasonings, your liquid ingredients should only amount to an approximately ¼ cup per pound of pork. Otherwise, your crockpot won’t be able to contain the liquid seasoning plus the additional liquid that the pork will produce while cooking.

Close the crockpot then cook on low heat.

Cook for approximately six to 10 hours depending on the amount of pork.

The pork should shred easily with a fork.

Remove the pork and place on a baking sheet to cool enough for you to work with it safely.

Shred the cooled pork into pieces using two forks or your hands, if you prefer.

Discard any fat and gristle.

Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a fat separator. If you don’t own a fat separator, pour the liquid into a cup and skim off the fat.

Boil the remaining liquid in a pot until it is noticeably reduced and thickened.

Add any ingredients that you want to achieve the taste that you prefer. Do you think it needs a lighter flavor? You might add citrus juice.

Do you think it lacks enough body? Perhaps, barbecue sauce would help.

Of course, if you want to add a kick, you might reach for your favorite hot condiment.

Toss the shredded pork with your completed sauce.

Reheat if necessary.

Serve as a standalone dish or as part of a sandwich, taco, or wrap.

The options for how to eat it are as varied as the ways to season it.

 

Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe

What’s a tailgate party without baked beans? Everyone expects them.

Your friends won’t be disappointed with this recipe from thecountrycook.net.

Items you’ll need:

  • 84 ounces pork and beans
  • ¾ cup your preferred barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ½ pound crumbled bacon (if you choose)

What to do:

Add all the ingredients except the bacon in the crockpot.

Mix well.

Close the crockpot and cook on low heat for three to five hours.

Stir the dish a few times while cooking.

If you like bacon, add it to the beans when serving.

 

Tips for Using Your Crockpot

Crockpots are simple to use, but you’ll experience greater success with them if you keep a couple of guidelines in mind.

 

Leave Room in Your Crockpot

Make sure that the size of your crockpot is appropriate for your recipe.

Resist the urge to stuff the crockpot full of ingredients.

Check with your instruction manual. It will probably recommend that you allow at least a third of the crockpot to be empty.

 

Protect the Crockpot from Cold Items

It’s tempting to put ingredients in the crockpot and then put the crockpot insert in the refrigerator for later use. However, later when you use the crockpot, the cooking time will be off because the insert will take a long time to reach the appropriate temperature.

Similarly, avoid adding frozen food to the crockpot because it will also make it easy to miscalculate the correct cooking time.

 

Let the Cooking Begin

We’ve given you three great slow cooker crockpot recipes and a couple of handy cooking tips.

Now you can make this the best game day meal ever.

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