Skip the Stove! The Best Slow-Cooker Recipes for Summer
Once summer finally arrives, all most people want to do is bask in the warm sun, enjoy the long days, and share delicious food with family and friends. While the summer months generally mean that you (or the barbecue master in your family) will spend lots of time at the grill, everyone has days when they just don't want to cook dinner. That's where the slow cooker comes in. Our summer slow cooker recipes usually require just a handful of ingredients, which can be prepped and placed in the cooker first thing in the morning, then set to cook for seven to eight hours. By 6 p.m., dinner is ready, and you didn't have to do any additional work.
One of the best recipes to make in a slow cooker any time of year, but especially in the summer, is pulled pork, and the Easy-Slow Cooker version pictured here is sure to please your entire family. Sweet, tangy, juicy, meaty—there's so much to love about this preparation of pork, especially when it's piled high atop a soft roll. You could also our easy recipe for Pulled-Pork Sandwiches with Pickled Vegetables—the contrast of tangy red cabbage atop Kansas City-style pulled pork is a delicious combination.
A similarly delicious recipe is our Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. The shredded chicken thighs taste super sharp and spicy thanks to Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, and hot pepper sauce. Serve the chicken on a regular hamburger bun for a casual family dinner; whatever you do, don't forget the potato salad to go along side it.
Another spicy summery main course is Slow-Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos. All you need to build flavor is garlic cloves, tomato salsa, chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo, and chili powder. It's the perfect crunchy, juicy, and spicy bite all-in-one.
Enjoy these easy, family-friendly slow cooker recipes all summer long. They're the perfect excuse to step away from the hot stove.
Slow-Cooker Pork Chop
Slow-Cooker Vietnamese Baby Back Ribs
Bring the barbecue indoors with these Asian-inspired ribs. Instead of traditional barbecue sauce, these spareribs are flavored with shallots, Vietnamese fish sauce, and honey. Cook for seven hours on low and they'll become juicy and tender.
Slow-Cooker Greek Stuffed Peppers
Garlic Chicken with Barley
Slow-Cooker Marmalade-and-Vinegar Pork
Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Country Ribs
Loaded Slow-Cooker Baked Potatoes
Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Hawaiian-Style Short Ribs
Slow-Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos
Slow-Cooker Spanish Meatballs
It's hard to go wrong with meatballs! Our version gets its bold flavors from hot smoked paprika, cumin, and fresh parsley. Serve with crusty bread for an easy, fuss-free dinner.
Shredded Beef Chuck Roast
Make this juicy slow-cooked beef chuck roast on Sunday, and you'll have a versatile building block for meals during the rest of the week. Try sandwiches with red onions and horseradish-spiked mayo, toss with pasta, or serve with rice or mashed potatoes.