There is something to be said with prepping dinner after breakfast and coming home to a fully cooked meal, infusing the house with the savory essence of home cooking. Just add a loaf of crusty bread and your dinner is complete. This was a staple meal in our household, but we didn't have Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix. This is a kicked-up version of a Midwest classic.
Smokin' Pot Roast
Brown the meat on each side in the bacon fat. Add the veggies at the last 90 min to avoid overcooking them.
Place meat and liquids in slow cooker or Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat for 3 -4 hours depending on size of roast.
The roast is ready when it is falling apart and tender.
There are some mornings I wake up and think "oh, it's going to be a slow cooker kind of day". Maybe it's predicted to be a summer scorcher and the thought of slaving over a hot stove after five brings tears to your eyes. Or maybe, the plan is to have a afternoon cocktail on the porch instead of cooking. Either way, prepping for dinner in the morning is why the slow cooker was invented. Whether it's an InstaPot, a Crock Pot or a Hot Pot, Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix is here with a tried and true simmer sauce for those days you need someone else to do the cooking. The recipe below is for chicken, but don't be afraid to try other lean meats with this kicked up sweet and spicy concoction.
People are going to think you slaved all day in the kitchen.....
Smokin' Mary Kickin' Honey Garlic 'Slowcooker'
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
In a medium bowl mix rest of ingredients, then pour over the chicken
Cook low for 4-5 hours, check if done in 4 hours (chicken temp 165degrees)
Serve over rice or quinoa, use remaining sauce to pour over the top or as a garnish.
Mary has many personalities. She's a spicy gal who mixes well with just about anyone. So bring her into your kitchen and enjoy her special twist on your favorite culinary delights!