Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken, mourning the loss of critical thinking

I think I’m getting the hang of this slow cooker….

Or I’m getting overly confident and am going to mess something up in a big way.

In the meantime – if you are pining for summer and barbecue season, here is something to bridge the gap until the barbecue grills come out of storage.

It’s not the same as ‘real’ barbecued chicken – one needs the crispy skin and caramelized sauce for that. But it’s a good winter substitution.

Even the barbecue king, mon mari, was happy.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken     

Total time: 7 hours


  • 3 chicken thighs, skinned
  • 3 chicken legs, skinned
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) white wine
  • 2 tbs molasses
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken


  • Put onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Top with chicken, fitting it in carefully.
  • Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the top
  • Cook on low, 7 hours.
  • If you happen to have a chance, twice during the cooking time, at relatively equal intervals, lift the lid and quickly spoon sauce over the chicken.
  • The sauce was thick enough for us, but if you want it thicker add the cornstarch mixture for the last 15 minutes of cooking time and stir until thickened and clear. 
  • Remove chicken, spoon sauce over and serve.

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What’s happened to thinking (critical or not)?

It seems to be a lost art with more and more people just letting idiots do it for them.

There was a time when people got their news from fairly unbiased newspapers or fairly unbiased news broadcasts or fairly unbiased news magazines.

If there was a concern about bias or misinformation, the wise reader would read and / or listen to a variety of sources before forming an opinion. Perhaps they would even engage in a civilized debate with people having opposing opinions to attempt to learn even more.

Crazy ideas, I know, but what else did those poor souls have to do with their time? They couldn’t text or play Candy Crush or Google stuff.

But now, when we can Google stuff, why don’t people?

News stations in the U.S. are more like entertainment programs than news (at least from my limited viewing in recent years) and seem to be incredibly biased. I suppose that gets higher ratings.

News as entertainment…. Don’t let the pesky facts get in the way of a good story.

The facts are out there. It just takes a bit of effort to find them. And, of course, one must be willing to read and accept facts that might be contrary to one’s preferred belief.

As the political war campaign heats up I am seeing incredibly stupid things being spouted as fact on Facebook, Twitter, news sites…. everywhere.

Does no one check facts before repeating?

Does everyone believe that if more than one person repeats it it must be right?

Doesn’t anyone comprehend the difference between fact and fiction?

Yes, I know I have used the word ‘fact’ a bit too frequently. I’m trying to make a point…

One last thing: Merriam Webster definition of fact

  • something that truly exists or happens : something that has actual existence
  • a true piece of information

The way that the internet, with it’s enormous amount of information and misinformation, has allowed the unscrupulous to manipulate the gullible is truly scary.

It used to take effort to brainwash an entire population.

Now all it takes is a pretty (or not so pretty) face and a well-aimed 140 character tweet.

Last update on February 21, 2016

5 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken, mourning the loss of critical thinking”

  1. I no longer watch the news on TV with very few exceptions (last night’s massacre in K’zoo is one) because I can’t stand all the crap the oh-so-biased stations are trying to cram down our throats. I take the news again. Printed. Home delivered. And I can pick and choose what I read that way. Makes like so much less stressful.

  2. Katie, perfectly said, re: news or the loss of real news reporting, at least in the USA. Brainwashing implies that most of the people have minds to bend. I’m beyond believing that so many can be so stupid. I guess this is my rant and before morning coffee. Love you.

  3. What food for thought! You are right, the news reporting here in the US is crazy! The over dramatic reporters are much more interested in shouting the same few stories over and over when so much more is happening in the world.

  4. Kate, but facts are never as entertaining as embellished ficiton – and people are so gullible….

    nightsmusic, I am so appalled by Fox (I will not even add the news part) but they are all getting terribly biased.

    Phoenicia, I agree – it seems like more and more people are less and less educated and simply have stopped thinking altogether.

    Jayne, that’s why I like our news – no talking heads, just the facts. There are too many reporters all trying to be the most sensational

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