Wait for it…
I’m all about seizing the moment… usually with my mouth: yes, I want to try ALL THE FOODS, but today, I am talking bout when to make a snarky comment, and when not to. Those who have spent a significant amount of time with me know that a great challenge for me is holding my tongue, so I thought this little anecdote from this past week would show you that sometimes, not opening your trap right away to tell someone off, speak your mind, prove you’re right, etc, can lead to an even better opportunity.
Traveling for work this week, I was waiting at the elevator, post-workout, in front of two middle-aged, impossibly pale German fellows. I took German in high school, and was quietly listening to them, to see if I could pick up on anything they were saying (meine Deutche its nicht so gut, after all). And wouldn’t you know it, I did understand what they said! Would you like to know what it was? Oh, just that my butt was big, and something along the lines of it was good I was working out because I need it. How did I know they said this? Well, like any good German student, my friends and I spent our days in the back of the class looking up profanity, dirty works, and insults. See, everything for a reason.
I was steaming mad, as you can imagine, and ready to call them out, when the elevator arrived: one of those fancy, card-activated elevators. Well, wouldn’t you know big-bottomed Jenni’s card wasn’t working, and the Deutche douche ever so politely, in nearly perfect English, offered to help. I took a deep breathe to calm myself and he tapped his card. Just as the two were getting of the elevator, i smirked at them, and thanked them with a loud, “Danke!” Two blushing bald heads were the last thing I saw as the elevators closed.
I believe you should always speak your mind, because harboring feelings eats you alive inside. Sometimes we need to speak out of passion and emotion. But sometimes, the stars line up and we are presented with a perfect moment to make it epic.
Do you want to rub it in your friends faces that your fantasy team is doing so much better than theirs? Or, do you have a friend that keeps trying to get you to go to tic-tac-toe class during Sunday football? Instead of biting their head off, try inviting them over, cooking something simple and amazing, and then drop the bomb.
What should you make? My BBQ Pulled Chicken, of course! Hands down one of the simplest, most satisfying meals you will have. Perfect for a crowd, because it makes a lot, and perfect for football, because it’s in the crockpot, so you won’t have to miss your games! This recipe is based on one I found many years ago on allrecipes.com. Here are a couple of quick tips:
- When choosing your BBQ sauce, choose a molasses-based sauce, not a vinegar-based one. I always use Sweet Baby Ray’s, because it’s simple, rich, and thick. Jack Daniels Original is a good one as well. Dinosaur BBQ is an amazing sauce, but is vinegar-based. Do not use for this recipe.
- Allow your chicken to cook for at least 3-4 hours before you shred it. It will make the shredding process so much faster!
- When shredding, taste the sauce (NOTE: the sauce WILL look very runny at this point. That’s okay: the shredded chicken will absorb a lot of that juice.) If you feel the sauce (taste, not consistency) is missing something, feel free to add a little something.
BBQ Pulled Chicken
Inspired by Suzanne Mastaw
- mixing bowl
- whisk or spoon
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- cutting board or plate
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- one 12-oz bottle of BBQ sauce (molasses-based)
- 2 T brown sugar
- 2 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 c Italian dressing
- 2 T minced garlic
- 1 T hot sauce (optional)
- 2 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
- salt and pepper
- Place your chicken at the bottom of the crockpot. Coat with a light layer of salt and pepper. Don’t worry if they overlap, they will still cook evenly. (NOTE: you can use frozen chicken, it will just take longer to cook).
- Combine all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour mixture over chicken.
- Set your crockpot on Low (6-8 hours).
- After 4 hours, carefully remove your chicken from the crockpot using tongs.
- Shred the chicken with two forks by pulling apart the breast in opposite directions.
- Place the shredded chicken back in the crockpot to allow the juices to be absorbed. Taste your sauce: if you would like to adjust your sauce’s taste (not consistency… it WILL thicken up!), now is the time. Personally, I like to add some heat 🙂
- Allow to cook on low for at least another 1.5 hours.