Sensational Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes
The slow-cooker can be your best friend during the summer months. Enjoy the weather with friends and family while the slow-cooker does all the work for you. With great dinner recipes like tender and juicy pork, sandwiches, and even desserts, you can easily reap all of the benefits of this great kitchen appliance with just a few simple ingredients.
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Whether you're planning an easy dinner or a hearty snack, these tasty nachos feature simple ingredients that combine for bold flavor.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce
The name of this barbecue sauce says it all. If that doesn't sound like summer in a dish, we don't know what does!
Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Barbecue season is here, but we'll let you in on a secret: All you really need for crowd-pleasing ribs is the right recipe and a slow cooker. Savory, tender, juicy, and slow-cooked to perfection, this recipe for Easy BBQ Ribs is our newest and best. And just because it's easy doesn't mean this recipe lacks character. Add our homemade Rib Rub and Fancy Barbecue Sauce for a foolproof meal that's truly special.
Slow-Cooker Green Chile Pork
Make tonight Taco Night by preparing this flavorful pork and dishing it up alongside all the trimmings.
Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
We normally reserve chili for warming our bones in the winter, but this version that calls for lots of summer produce, like zucchini and yellow squash, is too good for just one season. We also love adding fresh corn kernels instead of frozen for a bit of sweet summer goodness.
Slow-Cooker Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake
If you've never made a cake in your Crock-Pot, you definitely should. This set-it-and-forget-it method results in a nice crust and moist center.
Make this easy cake in your slow-cooker for your next backyard BBQ or garden party. Fresh lemon juice and zest give the cake a brightness that will rival the summer sun.
Chicken Fricassee with Cream and Morel Mushrooms
This recipe is full of fresh herbs and aromatics that are abundant and cheaper during the summer months.
Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens
This recipe calls for veggies and herbs you can find at your local famers market or maybe have growing in your own backyard, like parsnips, turnip greens, thyme, and parsley.
Slow Cooker Beef Fajitas
Start these easy slow cooker fajitas when you get home and they'll be ready by dinner time. There's no hassle, no rush, and most importantly, no mess!
Glazed Carrots with Green Olives
Here’s a simple side done in the slow-cooker that's perfect for your next outdoor gathering.
White Bean, Artichoke, and Chard Ragout
This recipe calls for lots of great produce like leeks, Swiss chard, carrots, bell peppers, fennel, and lemon. Plus, it’s hearty, delicious, and good for you!
Peaches 'n' Cream Tapioca
Use fresh, gorgeously sweet peaches in this slow-cooker tapioca for a treat that the whole family will love.
Cheesy Grits with Shrimp
A Southern favorite is made simpler in the slow cooker. Grits are slow-cooked for 6 hours, and then topped with cream, Cheddar cheese, and hot sauce. Tender, quick-cooking shrimp are the final touch, making this one meal you won't soon forget.
Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil
For a classic summery meal without a fuss, look no further than this slow cooker shrimp boil. With a simple ingredient list and a largely hands-off cooking method, this easy seafood boil is a perfect recipe to plan on for casual warm weather entertaining or even as a low-effort meal to make at the rental house during a beach vacation. We opted to pull the corn out after 30 minutes of cooking as we preferred it on the crisp side, but as long as your slow cooker is large enough, feel free to leave it in the pot as the shrimp and sausage cook.
Slow Cooker Bourbon-Peach Baked Beans
Skip the canned baked beans in favor of our fuss-free version, which saves up to 300mg sodium per serving. Adobo sauce and bacon build a smoky backbone, while peak-season peaches offer sweet contrast. Bonus: The beans will stay warm in a covered slow cooker for up to 2 hours after being unplugged.
Slow Cooker Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps
This dish is great for a casual get-together or a weeknight meal (with leftovers). The seasoning paste is modeled after Korean ssamjang--a concentrated, salty, slightly spicy concoction. Unlike traditional versions, though, ours is made with grocery store ingredients for ease and convenience.
Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
This creamy soup makes an indulgent but not too heavy meal on a hot summer day. Pick the freshest sweet corn you can find.
Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches
Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches are a nod to low-and-slow Southern barbecue--using just a little bit of pork shoulder. And just like traditional pulled pork, the meltingly tender vegetables and pork are piled high on toasted buns, slathered with a Greek yogurt mixture, and topped with shredded cabbage.
Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs
If you’re skeptical about ribs in a slow cooker, prepare to be amazed by the tender and delicious results. Cooking ribs doesn’t get easier than this two-step method, and while they serve as the perfect summer entrée, you can make this crockpot ribs recipe just as easily at any time of year. Start by selecting the style you like: baby back ribs, spare ribs, St. Louis style ribs, or country style pork ribs. Combine with your favorite sweet and smoky BBQ sauce and let your Crock-Pot take it from there. These easy slow cooker ribs are fall-off-the-bone tasty.
Slow Cooker Chicken Verde
It's not hard to make your own salsa verde, with fresher flavor and much less sodium than jarred versions: Simply blacken tomatillos, chiles, and onions; then blend.
Tacos are always a great summer meal you can eat with your hands. In this recipe, your pork gets perfectly tender and shreddable in the slow cooker.
Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
Start by slow-cooking pork shoulder in an aromatic bath of pineapple, beer (try a floral, spiced white ale like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon), and canned chipotles in adobo. Then shred the meat and set out a taco bar full of fresh flavors, bright colors, and crunchy textures. You can't go wrong here. We like bowls of crumbled cheeses, sliced radishes, chopped onions, avocado, shredded cabbage, and plenty of fresh cilantro.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Five ingredients and a few minutes of prep are all you need to prepare this delicious BBQ dinner for friends and family.
Peppered Corn on the Cob
Have fun with fresh corn in this unique twist on corn on the cob. You’ll love the subtle heat from jalapeno, and we all know everything is better with bacon.
Slow-Cooker Recipe: Seafood Gumbo
Seafood gumbo is a perfect meal after a day on the beach. We love this slow-cooker version from Real Simple.
Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Serve this crowd-pleaser at your next backyard get-together. The tangy barbecued chicken pairs perfectly with the light and refreshing slaw.
Mamma Mia Italian Stew
We love this stew because we can pack in all our favorite summer produce and just leave it to do it’s thing while we do ours. A cool summer night and a glass of wine, and we are in heaven.
Slow-cooker Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes are great during the summer because you can just send the kids outside to eat and not have to worry about the mess. Spend a few hours at the pool while this recipe cooks and come back to an easy lunch or dinner.
Sina's Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
This salty snack couldn’t be simpler or tastier. It calls for just three ingredients and pairs perfectly with those small-batch summer ales from local breweries.
Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
We love this quintessential slow-cooker recipe any time of year. Just throw everything in and 8 hours later, dinner is ready.