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Crack-a-licious Crackers

These crackers will change your life.

No, I’m not joking. They really will. These were originally titled, “Crack-tastic Crackers” which is incredibly fitting but for whatever reason I kept calling them crack-a-licious so I figured I’d mix it up a bit.

A few weeks ago I shared my Baked Potato Dip that is also dubbed “Crack Dip” on Plain Chicken so it only seemed natural to share these with you as well. Maybe now I’ll make her “Crack Bread” too.

They’re salty. They’re ranchy. They’re spicy. They’re everything you’ve ever needed all rolled up into a cracker! And not just any cracker. A saltine! They’re none to be the most basic (and boring) of crackers! Not any more folks, not any more.

My roommate and I had to make ourselves stop eating these because they really are addictive. I brought the full box to work to have as a snack and had already broken into them by like 10:30 this morning…whoops.

Have I mentioned how easy they are? Ridiculously easy. I’ve always been a fan of the many different flavors of cheez-its but these will definitely replace those.

Crack-a-licious Crackers
Heavily adapted from Sweet Teeth

  • 1 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 3 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 box Saltine crackers

Preheat oven to 250.

Add the 4 sleeves of crackers into a large mixing bowl.

Add oil, powdered Ranch mix and red pepper flakes and stir so that each cracker is well coated and let sit for 5 minutes to fully soak up the oil mixture. I used a rubber spatual to mix so that the crackers were less likely to break.

Lay them out on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet and drizzle the additional oil mixture over the crackers.

Bake for 10 minutes and stir crackers around half way through.

Let cool and store in an air tight container.

**Note: You can adjust the crushed red pepper to taste if you can’t handle as much heat.

I promise you will not regret making these. I think I’m going to make it a rule to always have these in the house for a snack. Tyler thought they were too spicy. Guess that means more for me! 😀

Now, time to watch a bit of TV and get to bed early. A certain four-legged friend decided to wake me up multiple times last night during the 3 o’clock hour so I am pooped!

Goodnight y’all! 🙂

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ

Alright, I know today is Tuesday but man did it feel like Monday. Getting out of bed was incredibly difficult which was amplified by how freaking cold it was. The days of 60 degree weather and open windows, like on New Years Day, are long gone folks. Winter is officially upon us. Ugh. I thought we might be able to hide from it for a bit longer.

But, if you’re trying to be taken away to the days of summer and warm weather, this just might do it!

I don’t know about you, but BBQ reminds me of summertime and cookouts. With this recipe, you can create that outdoor cooking feeling all within your nice, cozy house! 🙂

Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ
Adapted from allrecipes.com

  • 1 (8 pound) bone-in pork butt
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of liquid smoke (I used Stubbs)
  • 6 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes

Start by putting your pork butt in your crock pot and season it generously with salt and pepper on each side. Then, add in your cider vinegar and liquid smoke. The liquid smoke will allow you to achieve that smoked flavor that comes from a smoker all in your crock pot!

Cook on high for 6 1/2 hours.

Once your meat is cooked through and super tender, shred it with forks. My girl Paula suggests shredding it by hand but after cooking this stuff for 6 1/2 hours, it’s hot. No way was that happening.

Now that the meat is shredded, add in the brown sugar, hot sauce, cayenne and crushed red pepper. Mix thoroughly and cook for another hour.

Add a little bit of BBQ sauce and some Chile Infused Vinegar, and you’re going to be in BBQ heaven!

I will warn you, this stuff was has a good kick to it so feel free to alter the seasonings to your taste. This is definitely a super easy recipe and taste like authentic Eastern Carolina style BBQ.

It definitely made me feel like I was sitting out on my deck enjoying a nice cold beverage looking at fireflies in my yard. And then I woke up to 20-some-degree weather and some serious wind. Womp womp womp.

Now, time to watch the rest of the Sugar Bowl with Ty! Have a great night y’all!

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