Crock-Pot™ Seasoning Mixes Unveils Winning Recipe to Ring in the Slow Cookin’ Season

  Crock-Pot™ Seasoning Mixes Unveils Winning Recipe to Ring in the Slow
  Cookin’ Season

 — The Second Annual Crock-Pot™ Seasoning Mixes “Slow Cookin’ Recipe Contest”
Concludes with Free Groceries and Seasoning Mixes for John Kurzet from Mission
                             Viejo, California —

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- December 3, 2013

For the second consecutive year, fans of Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes took slow
cookin’ to the next level with their entries in the Crock-Pot™ Seasoning Mixes
Slow Cookin’ Recipe Contest. Slow cookin’ lovers devised, created, and
submitted taste bud busting recipes in hopes of becoming the 2013 Slow Cookin’
champion. The results have left mouths watering across the United States.

Home chefs nationwide went head to head to create the ultimate slow cooker
recipe using Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes as a key ingredient. Entrants were
encouraged to rally friends and family to vote for their recipe on the
Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes Facebook page. After 255 recipes were entered,
more than 3,000 votes tallied, and finalist recipes cooked up and tasted, the
Slow Cookin’ Recipe Contest winner has been named!

This year’s Slow Cookin’ Recipe Contest winner is John Kurzet, from Mission
Viejo, California. John surpassed the fierce competition with his “Spicy
Citrus & Ginger Ribs” featuring Crock-Pot^® BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix. In
addition to his mouth-watering kitchen creations, John has his very own
YouTube channel, Big Meat Sunday, with over 4,300 subscribers and 83 videos.
Channel viewers learn to create John’s recipes step by step. Some of these are
Planked Pineapple Jalapeno Pork Loin Chop, Crispy Hot Wings and, of course,
John’s winning Spicy Citrus & Ginger Ribs slow cooker creation. John will
receive the contest’s Grand Prize - a year’s worth of groceries, valued at
$8,500. On his YouTube Channel, John noted that he plans to donate his
winnings to families in need, just in time for the holidays!

John also receives a year’s supply of Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes to keep the
great tastes coming, and he has the opportunity to participate in development
of a new Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mix flavor as the collection continues to
expand. John’s winning recipe can be found on the Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes
Facebook page for those who’d like to recreate the winning dish at home.

“My inspiration was to make a flavorful, fun, and unique recipe that wouldn’t
require spending hours in the kitchen,” commented John. “I wanted to go
outside of the box and add in flavors I enjoy while making it more exciting
and unique than other ribs I’ve made in the slow cooker in the past. The
Crock-Pot^® BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix was the perfect ingredient to help
bring together the spicy and citrus flavors in my recipe. I’m honored for the
opportunity to share my passion for cooking and inspiration for flavor by
winning this contest!”

John takes his place on the slow cooker throne, formerly occupied by last
year’s winner, Sherri Williams, who was crowned Champion for her hearty and
delicious “Braised Beef Short Ribs” featuring Crock-Pot^®  Savory Pot Roast
Seasoning Mix. You can find this year’s winning recipe, “Spicy Citrus & Ginger
Ribs,” below:

Ingredient List

  *5 Jalapeno Peppers (sliced) (great with Trappey’s Sliced Jalapeno Peppers)
  *1 tbsp. Diced Fresh Ginger
  *1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  *1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  *12 oz. Jar of Orange Marmalade
  *1 to 3 Full Racks Baby Back Ribs
  *2 Anaheim Chili Peppers (sliced 1” long ribbons) (Great with Ortega
  *1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  *1 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  *1 tsp. Black Pepper
  *16 oz Chicken Broth or Stock
  *1/2 Cup Cool Water

Additional Ingredients

  *1 1/2 tbsp. Corn Starch
  *1 Crock-Pot^® BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix

Recipe Instructions

  *Cut each rack of ribs in half, and rub with the Crock-Pot^® BBQ Pulled
    Pork Seasoning Mix on both sides and set in a cool place for up to 4
  *In a large bowl, combine the jalapenos, Anaheim chiles, garlic, ginger,
    soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, black pepper, sesame, marmalade and chicken
    stock and mix with a whisk or slotted spoon to incorporate all the
    ingredients well.
  *After grilling the ribs for 10 minutes per side, place them in the slow
    cooker and pour the mixture from the previous step over them and mix it
  *Cook this on high heat for 3 to 4 hours, the texture is up to you, the
    longer the more tender. Too long, and it will fall off the bone.
  *Remove the ribs form the slow cooker, set aside and cover with foil to
    keep warm.
  *Mix corn starch with cool water and add to the slow cooker, then puree
    with an emersion blender.
  *Let reheat for 10 to 15 minutes. You could also place this in a blender
    and puree then return to the slow cooker.
  *Serve ribs, with a side of sauce and perhaps with additional sauce over
    the ribs.


With “designed for slow cooker” blends of herbs, spices and natural flavors,
Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes make it easy to prepare and serve flavorful,
family-pleasing meals. Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes blend affordability,
accessibility and convenience into America’s original slow cooker. Last year,
we unveiled three fan favorite seasoning flavors: Hearty Beef Stew, Savory Pot
Roast and BBQ Pulled Pork. Three new flavors were added in 2013: Savory Herb
Chicken, Beef Stroganoff and Original Chili. Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes
create more than just these delectable meals — they make dozens of additional
recipes too, all available at


Crock-Pot^® Seasoning Mixes are available in grocery stores nationwide for a
suggested retail price of $1.99. Target stores carry the line in the appliance
section next to Crock-Pot^® slow cookers. Each seasoning packet, combined with
meat, vegetables, water or stock, makes a meal to feed four to six people. For
more information, please visit and follow us on
Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@CrockPotMixes.

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