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If you’re looking for an alternative to using a bottle of manufactured barbecue sauce, I highly recommend this recipe. Now, here is the disclaimer:

If you really like spicy foods, make the original recipe at Elly Says Opa. If you’re a wimp like me, make the version I’ve adapted below 🙂

The only other thing that we noticed was that this had a lot of liquid, even after cooking with the lid off for an hour or so. It was impossible to put on a bun, so we ended up having it over rice. Elly didn’t seem to have that problem, so maybe it had to do with the brands of ingredients we used. Who knows. If there is too much liquid, you can always strain it and reserve the extra sauce for adding back later if you like.

All of that said, I loved the flavor of this dish. JW liked it too because it wasn’t overly sweet like most bottled barbecue sauces. So we will definitely make it again … just with a little less heat next time 🙂

Crock Pot Pulled Chicken (Original recipe here)

  • 1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 1.5 Tbsp. smoked paprika (I used regular paprika)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts (I used a combination)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced in half circles
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Whisk together the first 9 ingredients (through chili powder).  Spray your slowcooker lightly with oil and then place the chicken inside. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Scatter the onions and garlic evenly over the top, and then pour the barbecue sauce over the top.

Cook on low for 5-9 hours. Shred the chicken with two forks and, if desired, continue to cook for a little bit with the lid off to allow mixture to thicken (can strain liquid if necessary). Serve on buns or over rice.

We have been having lots of fun with Blade, our greyhound foster. Getting him up in the morning is sometimes like having a teenager. We practically have to drag that boy out of bed so he can go on his morning walk. I find it hilariously funny. That said, I’m sure he would come running out of bed if we so much as touched the bag of dog food 🙂

He’s becoming much more comfortable and enjoys lying on his bed with legs splayed out everywhere. I’ve begun cuddling with him in the evenings if we’re watching a movie (which is almost always). He is quick to curl up beside me on his bed and lay his head in my lap for petting. AND JW taught him to lay down on command! He is still energetic (for a greyhound, which doesn’t say much) and mischievous and loves his toys and food.

Some recent pictures:


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Meet Anzi!

Introducing Anzi, our newest temporary member of the family:


Anzi is a greyhound, and as you can see from the pictures in this post, it is very difficult to get a picture of her with her eyes open 🙂

Greyhounds. Sleep. A. Lot. 16-18 hours a day, to be exact.

I fell in love with greyhounds when I was about 14 or so. JW and I were finally approved to be a foster home for Greyhound Pets of America this year, and so this is our first chance to welcome a grey into our home. And what a doll she is!

Anzi has beautiful manners in the house, and loves to be rubbed and petted. She lives for her walks and gets so excited when she sees the leash that she literally starts to prance. And of course, in her spare time (which is most of the time), she flops down on her big ol’ comfy bed and veges out.


She follows me around the house from room to room, and if I disappear around a corner, she comes to find me. And she sleeps soundly through the night on her own bed in our room – a huge blessing!

The cats are less than thrilled, but they’re warming up to her. They don’t go crazy over her, but they don’t run from her anymore either. It’s kind of like, “let’s mutually ignore each other, k?” Works for me.

We have Anzi for two weeks (about a week and a half now), so it will be interesting to get to know her and see her personality develop! It’s been lots of fun so far.


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