Slow Cooker Roasted Rack of Lamb

1.5 lbs Slow Roasted Rack of Lamb, with whole garlic cloves and rosemary, over cut Potatoes and Onions.

Easy Roasted Rack of Lamb

For all of you Slow Cooker fans out there, I put together a quick and easy Roasted Rack of Lamb recipe you can enjoy with ease. Thanks to the old “Set it and Forget it” method, you can prep this recipe hours in advance and walk away, with out a worry in the world, and back to an elegant meal. This is a “Well Done” recipe and, I don’t mean like a pat on the back. I’m talking about being cooked all the way through, like any roast should be, minimal ingredients and a few vegetables for a side.

Raw Rack of Lamb, dressed with garlic cloves, rosemary resting in a slow cooker with cut potatoes and onions.

Slow Cooking a Rack of Lamb

Personally, I prefer a pan seared rack of lamb that I can throw in the oven for 10 minutes or so but, that’s just me. I like my lamb medium rare and this recipe just isn’t that. Roasting cooks the meat all the way through.

The trick is to keep it tender and juicy and a slow cooker does just that. However, slow cookers made these days let out much of the moister right out of the pot and it sneaks out the sides of the crappy lids they’re now making. I firmly believe in trapping the moisture in there with a heavy glass lid. Some folks will just add water but, I’m telling you, you’ll never get the same results.

This is the first time I used a newer crock pot and I don’t like. If you’ve noticed recipes I’ve used in the past, I’m using a slow cooker from the 80’s, because they’re awesome, but my side handle broke off recently so I thought I’d give the new ones a try. I’ve been seeing the older Crock Pots, by Rival, showing up at my second hand stores and I think I’m going to start buying them up because these new ones suck!

Anyway, you might need to play with the roasting time, depending on the size of your Rack of Lamb. I cooked this 1.5 lbs rack for 6 hours and it turned out great. Honestly, it just needed gravy but, like I mention in the video tutorial, I highly recommend my Cherry Pie filling that can be used as a topping or glaze.

Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Slow Cooker with vegetables.

Roasted Rack of Lamb Ingredients

1 Rack of Lamb
2 Large Russet Potatoes, cut in chunks
1 Large Onion, Cut in Chunks
1 Sprig Rosemarry
8 Garlic Cloves

Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste on both the Rack of Lamb and the Vegetables. Set your Slow Cooker on low and roast for 5 to 6 hours. I recommend adding a gravy or my Cherry Pie Filling as a Cherry Glaze to top the Lamb(below).

Slow Cooker Roasted Rack of Lamb video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.
Cherry Topping Ingredients:

3 to 4 cups Fresh Pitted Cherries
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1/8 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder (or just cinnamon)
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
a pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional, but it’s GREAT)
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp Water

Just follow the instructions in the short video tutorial down below and I’ll show you exactly how to make a Cherry Glaze for the Rack of Lamb.

Cherry Pie Filling, Topping and/or Glaze video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.

Consider my other Lamb recipes: Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb, Lamb Chops with Aju, Grilled Lamb Chops with Pesto, Leg of Lamb with Sweet Chili Glaze, Mint Panko Rack of Lamb, American Greek Gyro.

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos with Red Chili Sauce and Lime.

The Best Shredded Chicken Tacos

If you’re a fan of Tex-Mex or Mexican food and you love Shredded Chicken Tacos, you’re in for a treat because this is the real deal and they’re so easy to make using this slow cooker recipe. The meat is fall off the bone tender and full of amazing flavor. Plus, this recipe can be used for more than just tacos. I’m talking about burritos, nachos, chimichangas, quesadillas or served over rice, it’s that versatile.

Seasoned Boneless Chicken Thighs.

Shredded Chicken Taco Seasoning

One of the best seasonings to use for this Shredded chicken Taco recipe is Blackened Seasoning. It’s got everything you need in one and can usually be found with barbecue rubs and all purpose seasonings in your grocery store. It’s also very easy to make if you can’t find someone that carries it and you want or need to make your own. Here’s my recipe for Blackened Seasoning if you’re interested. The seasoning in the photos and video tutorial is my recipe and it’s got smoked paprika, cumin, onion & garlic powder, as well as a few other ingredients you’re going to love. It goes great with pork, beef, poultry and seafood. I highly recommend you try it, if you haven’t already. I also use kosher salt and pepper.

Diced Tomatoes, garlic and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce topped with seasoned chicken thighs and Mexican oregano.

Shredded Chicken Tacos Secret Sauce

Every recipe has that one thing that makes it really special and this Shredded Chicken Tacos recipe is no exception. In the bottom of your slow cooker, you want to add a can of diced tomatoes, chipotle peppers and some minced or chopped garlic. Then, once you add the seasoned chicken thighs, top everything off with Mexican Oregano. If you’re Crock-Pot has a heavy glass lid like mine and it doesn’t allow steam to escape, you won’t have to add any liquid. Otherwise, 1 cup of chicken broth might be necessary. The cooking time will depend on what you’re trying to accomplish. Set on low, I personally cook for 10 to 12 hours but the recommended cooking time by the manufactures is between 6 to 8. On high, the recommended time is 4 to 6 so, you decide.

De-boned slow cooked Chicken thigh meat for tacos.

De-bone the Chicken Tacos Meat

One thing I appreciate is not having to spit back out the food I’m trying to eat. Nothing more annoying to me than biting into a texture that just isn’t palatable so, there’s two things you want to get rid of after the chicken is cooked. They’re both considered one in the same, more or less, but they often separate when the meat tenderizes and that’s the thigh bone and the end cap on the bone. Then once those have been removed, feel free to fork and shred the meat.

Skillet full of Shredded Chicken Tacos meat.
Pan Fry Shredded Chicken Tacos Meat

I like to add a little more texture to the meat, in my Shredded Chicken Tacos, by pan frying the the shreds in an 8th inch of oil for about 5 minutes. Once it starts getting some color and gets a little crispy on the edges, I had a few scoops of the left over slow cooker juice. You don’t want the meat to dry out and there’s so much flavor there, it’s good to utilize and not let it go to waste.

Shredded Chicken Tacos – Slow Cooker Recipe – PMGK
Shredded Chicken Tacos Ingredients:

8 to 10 Chicken Thighs, boneless or bone in
Season with Kosher Salt & Pepper and Blackened Seasoning
1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 tbsp Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce
1 tbsp Mexican Oregano
1 pkg Corn Tortilla’s
Oil for frying, canola or vegetable

Cook on the Low setting for 10 to 12 hours in a Slow Cooker and follow the directions in the Shredded Chicken Tacos video tutorial.

Top 5 Slow Cooker Recipes

This will very soon become your families favorite meal too!

My Favorite PMGK Slow Cooker Meal

The slow cooker is a busy parents best friend. I know if I wasn’t married, to the most amazing cook out there, that I would be using mine all the time. While Mr. PMGK was working on this top 5 list, I told him that this Chicken and Gravy recipe was my favorite of the 5. I told him I wished that he would make it more often. His response was, you know the recipe(as I shook my head and gave him the look). Everyone knows by now, I do not cook and why would I? I have him!

Slow Cooker Roast Beef always reminds me of Sunday dinners

Slow Cooker Dinners Made Easy

I can recognize the smell of Roast Beef in the crock pot anywhere. To this day the smell makes my mouth water. Very often growing up I’d wake up to the yummy smell Sunday mornings. If I was lucky I could pull a taste from the pot without someone noticing but with caution. If my mom caught me, it’d be a slap on the hand for sure. When you grow up in a home with 13 children, one crock pot full of meat is hardly enough to go around.

There is nothing little about these “lil smokies”!

Slow cooker recipes make Big Flavor meals

These lit’l smokies are so amazing! They have so much flavor. What I like best about them is that you can throw them in the crock pot and forget about them. Before you now it they’re done. They are my favorite to prepare when I have people over or when we’re making a meal that is going to take a while. No one is ever waiting around hungry for dinner if we make these to snack on while they wait.

Chili no beans

Slow Cooker Chili no Beans

Don’t get me wrong this recipe is great but when I hear the word chili followed by the word no beans, my first thought is, “no beans?” When I think chili, I think beans! I’m Hispanic and we most definitely love our beans. However, Chili no beans are so good for so many things. They are my absolute favorite on chili cheese dogs. If you make a crock pot full of these for a party it will be gone before you now it. My husbands first intention, when he created this recipe, was to use this as a filling for fast food style tacos and burritos.

Kalua Pork Fries are a PMGK classic that I just can’t get enough of!
Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Kalua is Hawaiian for barbecue and it’s traditionally cooked slow and low buried in the ground. Today’s technology, however, has changed drastically and allows us to use appliances like an oven or a Slow Cooker. PMGK makes Kalua Pork both ways. Either way it turns out perfect and so tender! There are benefits to cooking this dish either way. If we don’t want leftovers, we make it in the crock pot and just use a small butt roast instead of a full shoulder. If we want left overs, there are a lot of pulled pork style recipes that whole pork shoulder is good for. For example: My absolute favorite Kalua Pork recipe is our classic Kalua Pork Fries. If you haven’t tried them yet you are truly missing out but it doesn’t end there. My husband has posted Kalua Pork Burritos, Tamales and another recipe to cook the whole shoulder roast in the oven.

The top 5 best Slow Cooker Meals ever!
Are you excited to use your Slow Cooker yet?

If I haven’t gotten you excited about trying these recipes or at least using your crock pot a little more then I don’t know what will! What are you waiting for? Watch the new video above and let’s get started making dinner a whole lot easier and so much more delicious!