There are not a lot of fair foods that can actually work for a family dinner, but these pulled pork sliders are can. They’re made in a slow cooker, so there’s a built-in ease. Anyone can make these.
Ask most Americans to describe the perfect barbecue sauce and they’ll invoke a thick sweet red ketchup-based sauce with a zing of vinegar and a whiff of liquid smoke. In short, the sort of sauce Kansas City barbecue buffs have slathered on ribs and briskets for decades.
There’s a heap of flavor in this simple rub—the molasses sweetness of the brown sugar, the heat of the pepper, the vegetal sweetness of the paprika, and the slow burn of the cayenne.
The four keys of a successful weeknight dinner: quick, flavorful, inexpensive, and easy. This is one of those dishes, as you make the entire thing on a single baking sheet! Simply toss your chicken and vegetables with a little oil, lemon juice, and spices, spread them all on a sheet pan, and pop it in the oven.
This recipe is reprinted with permission from The Chili Cookbook: A History of the One-Pot Classic, with Cook-Off Worthy Recipes from Three-Bean to Four-Alarm and Con Carne to Vegetarian by Robb Walsh, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.