Quite often, though, I take advantage of our crock-pot so I can put everything together in the morning and not worry about it for the rest of the day. Usually that means some sort of chili, but I'll mix it up from time to time.
This a couple Saturdays ago, I decided to make jambalaya.
However, to change things up a little, I thought I'd use my smoker to add flavor to the chicken I was using as meat.
I composed the recipe by looking at various recipes such as Easy Slow-Cooker Jambalaya. Of course, I don't do a great job of following recipes ... but this is basically where the recipe ended up:
- 12 oz andouille sausage
- 4 Anaheim peppers
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- SheppyBrew Rub
- 2 cups beer
- 4 chicken bouillon cubes
- 28 oz diced tomatoes
- 4 stocks chopped celery
- 1 chopped red pepper
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Teaspoon of salt
- 1 Teaspoon of pepper
- 1 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp oregano
- Other spices
- 1.25 cups rice
The first step was to add my SheppyBrew Rub to the chicken thighs. I put these on the smoker along with the Anaheim peppers for 45 minutes to an hour. I used apple wood chunks for the smoke.
Then, I chopped up all veggies and sausage, and combined everything except rice in crock pot.
I cooked on low for 8 hours
2.75 hours before serving time, I added the rice. I actually screwed this up and ended up with under-cooked rice. I should have added the rice 2.75 hours before serving time. See When To Add Rice To The Slow Cooker – One Dish Dinners Tips And Tricks.
So, the flavor was great. As I mentioned above, I added the rice too late and ended up with undercooked rice. I'll have to make this again some time soon to make up for that mistake.
The reason I titled this article "Pandemonium Jambalaya" is because when we were on our way home from church to eat this, my son asked ... "What's for dinner? Pandemonium something or other?"
Not sure where he got Pandemonium, but I liked the name. So Pandemonium is what I'm calling it.