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I love it when the crock pot does all the work.  It really makes for a relaxing Saturday and a quick and easy dinner.  The husband and I have been eating in a lot.  Yes, because the economy sucks, but mostly because our last credit card bill read like the Restaurants section of the local  Chamber of Commerce listing.  We were mostly eating out for lunch, but there’d be the occasional dinner out that was just way too expensive.  Plus, I’ve grown fond of my grocery bills that maybe double the price of one dinner out but will make at least 4 or 5 meals.  It’s fantastic.  And I’m really getting into knowing what is in my food, how it’s cooked, and that it’s fresh.

So, Saturday was a laid back day, I barely had to do anything and we had a delicious meal.  This meal should “marinate over night”.  I repeat:  MARINATE OVER NIGHT.  But the overall effort involved is about the same or less than driving to the restaurant, waiting for a table, ordering something that was good last time, getting it this time and realizing it’s not as great as you remembered….

At least at home if you make something that doesn’t turn out quite right, you usually have something else you can eat instead.  At a restaurant you’re kinda stuck with paying for something you are not loving and then eating at home.  But I promise you’ll love this pulled pork recipe.  It was a little too saucy for us, so I have changed the ingredient amounts to make a less saucy BBQ sauce. 

Jerked pulled Pork with Rum BBQ Sauce

Recipe #: 42

Saved since: 2008

Count: 18 down

Husband’s Rating: 3 out of 5 (due to sauciness)

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Serves 2


  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • medium yellow onion
  • 1/2 c. BBQ sauce (your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. dark rum


  1. NIGHT BEFORE: Combine chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle tenderloin with lemon juice.
  3. Rub spices into tenderloin.
  4. Put in zip-lock bag and MARINATE OVER NIGHT.
  5. DAY OF: Chop onion and place in bottom of the crock pot.
  6. Remove tenderloin from bag and chop into 1-inch cubes.
  7. Arrange cubes over the onion.
  8. Combine BBQ sauce and rum and pour over tenderloin.
  9. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
  10. Pull meat into shreds and serve hot.

Source: adapted from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two, Beth Hensperger, 2007.


I wrote a recipe!  It’s hard and complex and I worked really hard on this flavor profile. 

Just kidding.

It’s simple and fast and I don’t even know where I got the idea, I just know I’ve seen or heard of it somewhere.

Simple, but still really really good.

Grilled Zucchini Planks

1 zucchini makes 4 planks


  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika


  1. Cut zucchini into 4 wedges.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  4. Grill until you want to eat it/



We bought a grill!  Prior to this purchase we had a Little Smoky charcoal grill that is about 1 foot tall and you have to basicaly kneel next to it to grill.  It holds approximately 1 & 1/2 burger patties.  I was so excited when the husband decided to buy a gas grill because we normally use a grill pan for “grilling” which does an okay job, but it’s not the same.  One of the first grilled meals I chose was a Beer Burger which I first called “Jamaican” because used Red Stripe [it was the only beer sold in a single bottle at the grocery store].  When I told the husband, he said to call them “Ja’makin” Beer Burgers like “you’re making” beer burgers, so there you go.  We are kind of special here. 


Have you ever had a food epiphany?  I have had a few since I really started cooking because there were several things I had never even tried before (I can be pretty darn picky).  But no food epiphany so far has rivaled the one I had when I ate this Beer Burger.  I am amazed at what beer can do to the flavor of a burger.  I hate beer, I really do.  But in a burger?!?  Holy wow it’s the best thing I’ve ever had.  I will never grill a beef burger without beer again!  Hooray Beer! <– Also husband’s input.

We made this with Baked Oven Fries and Grilled Zucchini Planks (recipe soon to follow).

“Ja’makin” Beer Burgers

Recipe #: 59

Saved Since: July 2009

Count: 15 down

Husband’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Serves 2 to 3


  • 1 lb. ground beef (85/15)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. beer (use Red Stripe for “Ja’makin” burgers 😉
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped


  1. Heat your grill to medium-high.
  2. In a bowl combine beef, onion, beer, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Form into 2 large or 3 medium patties.
  4. Cover and grill patties 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked to preferred doneness.
  5. Toast buns and add preferred toppings.

Source: as seen on Sweet Savory Southern, originally from Betty Crocker, Grilling Made Easy.