Have I mentioned how much I love my crockpot? It is an amazing tool. With a little prep and minimal planning, you can put an absolutely fantastic meal on the table in no time. Well, I suppose 4-10 hours isn't exactly no time, but that's relative. A crockpot takes some of the hassle out of cooking dinner. I like to put my ingredients in the CP around 9:30 or 10:00 PM. By 6 AM, there's a fresh meal either for a lunch or dinner. Generally, there's only one pot to clean. If you don't know by now let me just tell you that I hate washing dishes. I don't find it therapeutic, calming, etc. It's necessary so I do it.
Well, I've got at new theory to test with my crockpot. If you've been reading this blog with any frequency, you know I threw a tantrum about my lack of a grill. Well, I love ribs. And there's nothing like have a plate of nice smoky BBQ'd ribs. And I don't take sides over what is better. I believe there's a time for beef ribs and a time for pork ribs. Generally, the times depend on what is on sale. What I happen to have is a nice rack of beef ribs. I want to see if I can effectively smoke them using my crockpot.
For my experiment, I'll be heading to my local grocery store for a few key items: wood chips, aluminum foil and aluminum pie plates. I'll leave you now to ponder what I plan to do with these items. For more crockpot ideas, check my blogroll. Someone out there is doing a crockpot dish a day for 2008. It looks like fun and I'll be over there stealing er checking out the recipes.