‘Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Worst Recipes According to Viewers

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond is known for her comfort-food recipes. This is what made her a star on the Food Network. However, not everyone is a fan of Drummond’s food. Here are The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond’s worst recipes according to viewers.

Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine


As you probably guessed, some people aren’t excited about Drummond’s egg-in-a-hole recipe. On a blog called The Last Ogle, writer Louis Fowle shared his disappointment with the egg recipe in a post. Fowle thought the recipe wasn’t all that creative:

Probably the most offensively milked recipe on her website—introductory story about how the Marlboro Man wouldn’t marry her unless she learned how make this dish, which says an awful lot about her pre-Pioneer days—is the recipe for egg-in-a-hole, which is literally a piece of bread with a hole in it and then an egg dropped in said hole and fried on a skillet.

Cherry limeade

Another viewer wasn’t impressed with The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond’s recipe for cherry limeade. On the blog Pint-Sized Pioneering, a viewer seemed to take issue not only with the ingredients but also with Drummond’s need to make sure her recipes are approved by her husband, Ladd Drummond. Here’s what this person had to say:

Just watched her show on Food Network. She made this [awful] “Cherry Limeade.” Fake lime juice, maraschino cherry juice, sugar, and Sprite????? GROSS! And what’s with “Ladd this,” “Ladd that,” and “Ladd-approved?” She has set feminism back 50 years.

Peach Barbecue Chicken

Ree Drummond’s recipe for peach barbecue chicken also got the thumbs down from some people who watch the Food Network. One viewer on a discussion board about The Pioneer Woman didn’t seem to think peaches and chicken were meant to go together. For this person, the combination of a fruity flavor with meat was a weird experience:

Much of it is also gross. She had a peach(?) bbq chicken (or pork chop) recipe that was literally inedible. It tasted like the meat was inside a slightly used lollipop. It’s not that it’s starchy/fatty (although she’s kinda over the top on that), it just tasted sickly-sweet… nauseatingly so. This isn’t the sort of thing I could see ranch-hands eating, this is the sort of thing that a desperate mom tries to use to get a spoiled kid with a sweet tooth to eat chicken (or was it pork?)

 Recipes aren’t set in stone, but the point of a good recipe is to balance the flavors. Sure, add some extra garlic cloves or little more sugar. But don’t assume there’s no upper limit. The Emeril/Pioneer Woman “If some is good, tons must be better” thing just makes for bad food.

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