Converting a Recipe for your CrockpotWritten by Tony Buel
Crockpots vary but low setting is typically around 100 degrees and its high setting is around 300 degrees.
Knowing this, it is fairly easy to convert most recipes for use in your slow cooker. Some adjusments to cooking times will be a judgement call on your part, but some simple guidelines should help. Just follow a few simple rules and you're on your way.
You should decrease liquid since it does not boil away in a crockpot.
Add cheeses and other milk product towards end of your cooking since they tend to break down if they are cooked for too long.
Brown any ground beef before adding to crockpot. It will taste better and have better texture this way.
Add rice and noodles at end of your cooking as well. They will turn mushy if they are cooked too long. You can cook these separately and then combine them when it's time to serve.
All About BarbecueWritten by Laura Kjer
Since beginning of time, man has been using flame to cook food. Cavemen hunted food and then cooked over a fire. However, when it comes to cooking with a flame, there is a difference between barbecue and grilling. Both are great but true barbecue requires sauce added to direct flame method. Barbecue normally takes five or six hours of basting at a low temperature. Typical temperature for a barbecue is about 200 degrees.
Most people today think barbecue, they think of hamburgers and hot dog. Or you might also think of a big, fat juicy steak. The term barbecue has come to refer to both food item and act of cooking it. If you have a get together with family friends and cook food on barbecue, you might refer to event itself as a “barbecue”. These barbecues are very popular with people all over country. No matter where you live, it is a great way to get together with friends and family and eat some really great food.
So just where did idea of social barbecue come from? Well, there are many different theories about where it originated. The states of Texas, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia all have claims to barbecue. Now if you look into history of barbecue, you will see that each state has a different barbecue method and each unique technique means that each could have their own claim to original barbecue.