Now that the school year (and my son's cross country season) is in full swing, finding a couple of quick family meals to make each week has become essential. I still have a few evenings each week when I can take a little more time with dinner and make something from scratch, but there are those days when only a ready-made meal will do. And when I say ready-made, I am not talking about fast food, folks. This single income family rarely has the extra funds to splurge for fast food. Not to mention that most fast food meals are far from being healthy for my family.
On those busy evenings, I still want to feed my family a delicious, healthy meal though.
What is a mama to do?
Cue the #KraftRecipeMakers!
Typically I am not one to purchase Meal starters. They are usually pretty pricey, and the powdered sauces and spices do not appeal to me. But Kraft Recipe Makers is not your typical meal starter!
Kraft Recipe Makers come with actual sauces. Nothing powdered here! And they are affordable. I picked up my box of Kraft Recipe Makers for less than $3 at my local Walmart store. (Want to see how my shopping trip for Kraft Recipe Makers went? Be sure to click on over to my Google+ album for details on the full shop!)
We tried the Hickory BBQ Beef for the slow cooker (are you all shocked that I chose one of the Kraft Recipe Makers for the slow cooker? ;) ), and it came with a tasty simmer sauce and a delicious finishing sauce. We just needed to add beef and buns! It doesn't get much easier than that folks.
Of course because my family & I enjoy a little heat, we kicked up our Hickory BBQ Beef sandwiches with a little chipotle...
Chipotle Kicked Hickory BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 hours
Ingredients (6-7 sandwiches)
- 1 package Kraft Recipe Makers in Hickory BBQ Beef
- 1 2.5 lb boneless beef chuck roast
- 1-2 tsp of chipotles in adodo (pureed)
- Sandwich buns
Place the roast in your slow cooker. Pour the simmer sauce found in the Kraft Recipe Makers box over the roast. Add in the pureed chipotles in adobo.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours. (You could also cook on high for 6-8 hours.)
Take the roast out of the slow cooker and place on a cutting board. Allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes, then using two forks shred the meat.
Ladle out the liquid from the slow cooker and set aside.
Add the shredded meat back to the slow cooker and pour the finishing sauce over top and stir. If the mixture seems a little dry, add in a little of the reserved liquid you removed from the slow cooker earlier.
Increase the heat to high and cook for another 15 minutes in your slow cooker.
To serve, pile the BBQ beef onto sandwich buns and serve with your favorite pickles or chips.
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The beef cooked up so tender with the Kraft Recipe Makers simmer sauce! I barely had to shred it. It just fell apart when I placed a fork in it.
My Chipotle Kicked Hickory BBQ Beef Sandwiches got rave reviews from my family! This one is definitely going on my short list of best family meals. :)
Of course, if you prefer less heat (or no heat) you can leave out the chipotles in adodo. It is tasty both ways!
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