Spicy, tender, and full of flavorful! Louisianans love a good boil! Try this recipe and you’ll see why!
2bell peppersroughly chopped
1large onionroughly chopped
1whole celery stalkchopped
1cupshrimp and crab boil dry seasoning
1/4cupchicken bouillon powder
1-2TBSliquid crab boil concentrateomit for milder taste
2lemons for washing
1-2tspaccent seasoningyes, it’s MSG, so it’s *OPTIONAL. Don’t start crying to me about it. I don’t have time.
**corn and potatoes
Rinse the turkey necks well with water and juice from the lemons
Cut off excess fat and discharge
In a large bowl, mix the dry seasoning, bouillon powder, liquid crab boil, water, and accent* well.
Place turkey necks and all veggies into a 7qt or larger slow cooker.
Pour the water and seasoning mixture on top.
Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender.
Pour the water and seasoning mixture into a large stockpot.
Add in the veggies and bring to a boil for 10 mins.
Add in the turkey necks.
Reduce heat to a medium heat setting
Cover with a lid, but leave a slight crack.
Cook for 2 hours or until meat is tender.
You may need to add more water throughout the cooking time.
**corn and potatoes may be added during the last 2 hours of cooking time in the Crock-Pot. Check the corn every 30 minutes and remove when done to avoid overcooking. For the stovetop method, add the corn and potatoes into the boiling liquid after removing the turkey necks and cook until potatoes are tender.
There are countless slow cooker jambalaya recipes across our wonderful, worldwide web. To my dismay, none of them resembled the Jambalaya I’m used to. You know I had to change that! Growing up in Southern Louisiana, I’ve had my share of bowls of the best Jambalaya! The Jambalaya I’m accustomed to isn’t red. It’s more brown based. Instead of a soup being served over rice like Gumbo, our version is comprised of rice. It’s spicy goodness and I have to show to how it’s done in my neck of the woods!
All in the Seasoning
The heart of this recipe is the spiced broth! I like to start by blooming spices in chicken broth. I pour the broth in the bottom of my Crock-Pot, then pile on the spices! I do this because I do not season the actual chicken pieces. I solely rely on the broth to flavor the chicken. Works like a charm!
Release the Grease
Since we’re using a slow cooker, it’s impossible to achieve those nice crisp edges on our sausage coins. We have to brown them a bit before adding them in. You can do this by sautéing them on the stove. Or, popping them in the oven for a few minutes. I choose the oven. This will also reduce the amount of added grease in our dish from the sausages.
Ditch the Fork
Down here, we shred the chicken after it’s cooked. An easy way to do this is to dump the chicken into a stand mixer and let it rip! 30 seconds of mixing will yield perfectly shredded bird. No more forks!
Parboiled Rice is the Trick
Parboiled rice…I’ll give my beginner cooks a chance to google it. Got it? Cool. This is what I like to call “Jambalaya Rice”. The worst kind of situation is to have gummy rice in this dish. It’s not the business! Parboiled rice is also great to use in any slow cooker recipes containing rice. It’s cooks beautifully in Crock-Pots.
Don’t Forget the Shrimp
I totally did this initially. Prepared the dish and became so excited with the outcome that I forgot to incorporate the shrimp! It’s really perfect without the shrimp for those with allergies. You won’t miss it. But, my seafood lovers should definitely add in the shrimp! Now, this is good ole Southeast, Louisiana Jambalaya!
The absolute best Cajun style Jambalaya recipe. Patterned after the traditional Jambalaya served in southern Louisiana, the recipe is flavorful and filling. Loads of chicken, sausage, shrimp, and rice. This is a full meal all in one.
6bonelessskinless chicken thighs
1lblarge peeledraw shrimp
1bell pepperfinely diced
2celery stalksfinely diced
2-3TBSCajun or Creole seasoning
Fresh parsley to garnish
Nonstick cooking spray
Spray the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
Pour in the chicken broth
Add in the Cajun seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
Stir in the garlic and tomato paste
Add the chicken thighs
Add in the onion, bell pepper, celery, and smoked sausage
Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4-5 hours.
Remove the chicken and shred it.
Return the chicken back into the slow cooker
Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Stir in the rice
Cover and continue cooking on HIGH for 1 hour or on LOW for 2 hours.
Stir in the shrimp.
Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes on HIGH or until the shrimp are fully cooked
Stir and fluff.
Garnish with fresh, chopped parsley
*To brown the sausage, place it into a shallow pan and bake on 375°F for 10 minutes.
**Using long grain white rice will alter the timing and texture. Parboiled rice is recommended for this dish.
Brisket can be a very intimidating meat. I know. Because, I was terrified of the thing for years! When I realized that I could prepare it in a slow cooker, a gain an instant sense of confidence. Do you really mean to tell me that I can cook a dang brisket in a Crock-pot? Hell yes!
My local meat market only had flat cut brisket available. That’s why the mine may look a bit different from the larger chunk you may be used to. No worries, though. This recipe will work for all cuts of brisket.
Don’t Lose the Fat!
The layer of fat on your brisket may be thick or thin depending on the cut you’re using. I prefer to have a 1/4 inch layer of fat on my brisket. I find that it keeps the meat perfectly juicy without an overload of thick fat covering the meat. But, you never want to trim all of the fat off your brisket. The fat has all of the flavor! I don’t add any additional liquid to my slow cooker. By the time the brisket is complete, you’ll find about 1 1/2 cup of liquid surrounding your meat. It’s all from the fat! It keeps the brisket nice and juice. Not to mention tender!
Feel free to use your favorite meat rub to make things easier. I used a delicious Applewood Chipotle rub and added about 1 TBS of salt to it as the rub isn’t salty enough for my taste in brisket. However, I do have an incredibly easy and flavorful homemade rub recipe. Very quick to mix up and it’s comprised of spices you probably already have in your spice rack. I’ll include it in the recipe below.
When slow cooking any cut of beef, you would benefit from allowing it to come to room temperature before cooking. This will result in even cooking. You never want one or two areas of the meat to cook faster than the rest. After applying the rub, I allow the brisket to rest for about 30 minutes before placing it into the slow cooker.
Speaking of placing the brisket in the cooker, make sure you do it fat side up! This will cause all of those juices fat to seep down into the meat while slow cooking. Cool, right?
When your brisket is done, you can place it onto a baking sheet and broil it on center rack for about 5 minutes. This will char it a bit and give you those wonderful burnt ends we enjoy when brisket is barbecued. Or you can just enjoy this tender and juicy brisket as is! Totally up to you.
Another VERY IMPORTANT step is to rest the brisket before slicing! When you are done cooking, wrap the brisket in foil, and allow it to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour before slicing. This will allow the juices to settle. I know it’s torture to wait. Especially after smelling the goodness! But, trust me, it’ll be worth it.
My proudest days come by way of reading emails of recipe praises from you guys. It truly makes it all worth it. One of the recipes prompting those emails is my Chili recipe. It’s a popular one. The spices blend seamlessly. And it’s a pretty easy dish to prepare you kind of just dump everything into the pot. I wanted to add a Crockpot version for good measure.
Ground or Roast?
Traditionally, a chuck roast was used in Chili. We converted it over to ground meat for ease over the years. Since, my other recipe uses ground beef, I thought it would be cool to show you how to prepare it with a roast. Which is better? Both. I cut the roast against the grain into 1 1/2 inch chunks. The most important part is searing the beef. The foundation of a great Chili is the build up of flavors. This begins with the searing of the roast. Be careful not to crowd the pan. This will just boil the meat instead of searing it. Do a small amount in batches until all of the pieces have been browned.
Spice it Up!
Chili is all about the flavor! The spices have to be just right! Again, we’re building. I always start with the chili powder, because, well…we’re making chili for goodness sake! I use ancho. You should as well. It’s just better. And little bit more pricey. Just a tad. Sorry. But, you’ll thank me later.
Slow and Steady
Whether you make the chili in a Crockpot or over the stove, you must do it slowly. Chili isn’t a dish you want to rush. AGAIN we’re building flavors. I know you’re tired of me saying that. But, it really takes time. The longer you simmer, the better. And this roast won’t be fork tender. It will be spoon tender!
Load up your bowl of chili with all of the fixings or none. Totally up to you. Just know that avocados are insanely delicious in chili. Just trust me and try it! I love lots of sharp cheddar, sour cream, green onions, and avocados. Yep. Fully load that thang! But, serve it however you’d like.
Cookies, our month of slow cooking is coming to a close. Don’t frown! We’ll still break out the crock pot more than we did last year! But, we’re closing with a bang. Easy, bbq meatballs! Down here, everyone refers to them as “Swedish meatballs”. This has annoyed me forever! Swedish meatballs are a totally different animal. Well, recipe. See…
Easy, right? Told ya! And you can half, double, or triple this recipe to meet your needs. I’ll share my BBQ recipe with you at a later date. For now, use your favorite store bought bottle.
I HATE using the precooked meatballs in the bag. I have trust issues, so I season, roll, and cook my own. But, hey, if you’re in to that bag, buy the bag! Sometime about that texture I just don’t enjoy.
Thanks for hanging with me this month! I appreciate all of the slow cooking recipe requests. Keep em coming!
I’m over here excited! Just jubilant ya hear me?! Why you ask? Well, for one, I’m posting a second recipe this week! You guys know I’m NEVER this productive. And, most importantly, I’m beyond myself, because this chicken just blessed my soul! My WHOLE soul! Chile, you know I love a good sauce! But, Honey, this sauce right here?! Mannnnn….just try it!
I’m LOVING this slow cooking month! I hope you guys are finding these recipes helpful. This one has to be my new favorite. The sweet and tangy chicken will literally fall apart if you breathe on it. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but it’s just good. lol
You can use chicken breasts instead of thighs and add some red pepper flakes for a little heat. Have it your way! But, definitely give it a try!