Slow Cookers: Guides, Tutorials, Care & Recipes

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Bonnie’s Chili

This chili is incredibly easy to make, and has a surprising depth of flavor for something that comes together in no time before the slow cooker takes over the work. I can make this for people who like it hot or mild just by changing the salsa. You can make it really spicy if you add hot peppers and hot salsa. —Bonnie Altig, North Pole, Alaska

Midnight Caribbean Pork Sandwiches

These easy sandwiches have nice depth of flavor—savory, sweet, piquant, subtle and sublime. They’re worth the wait. —Elizabeth Bennett, Mill...


Beef Taco Chili

This is one of my husband's absolute favorite dishes. It was voted best chili at our county's autumn harvest festival....


BBQ Bacon Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

This simple recipe tastes amazing. We prefer putting mayo on the bun and adding cheddar or Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato...


Mexican Pork

The first time I made this dish, it was a hit with everyone in my family, both young and old....

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

My family loves Buffalo chicken wings, but the frying makes them unhealthy. This recipe takes out some of the fat...


Slow-Cooked Pot Roast Sliders

This recipe reminds me of my mom’s famous pot roast. Best of all, these sandwiches are simple to make with...

BBQ Chicken Sliders

Brining the meat overnight helps make these BBQ chicken sliders taste exceptionally good. Plus, they're so tender, they melt in...


Buffalo Chicken Sliders

I got the idea for these Buffalo chicken sliders from my mom and dad, who'd made a similar version for...


Zesty Italian Beef Sandwiches

It’s so easy to build a zesty sandwich when you pile on the shredded beef, pickles and smoked provolone. Can’t...


BBQ Brats

In Wisconsin, brats are a food group! We are always looking for new ways to cook them. This recipe is...

Apple Cider Pulled Pork

For potlucks and tailgates, we slow-cook pork with cider, onions and spices. These tangy sliders make a winning barbecue plate...


BBQ Beef Sandwiches

After years of searching, I found a BBQ sandwich recipe that's a hit with all my family and friends. It's...


Mom’s Italian Beef Sandwiches

My mom made the best Italian beef. I’ve added to it over the years, but it’s still her recipe. She...


Hearty Tex-Mex Chili

I dreamed up this hearty chili with a Tex-Mex twist 25 years ago. It’s still everyone’s favorite and the go-to...


Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I threw some always-available condiments into my slow cooker with a pork roast to create this fantastic pulled pork. It...

Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatball Hoagies

When my husband is not manning the grill, I count on my slow cooker. These mouthwatering meatballs are just one...


Spicy Touchdown Chili

For me, football, cool weather and chili just seem to go together. Whether I’m cheering on the local team on...


Black Bean, Chorizo & Sweet Potato Chili

Chili is one of my all-time favorite dishes. This recipe takes chili to the next level by changing up the...


Best Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Need a different type of Italian dinner? This rich tomato sauce simmers all afternoon in the slow cooker, ready to...


Marty’s Bean Burger Chili

My husband and I met while working the dinner shift at a homeless shelter that served my chili. I’ve revised...


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Carolina-Style Pork Barbecue

I am originally from North Carolina and this recipe is a favorite. My husband swears my authentic Carolina ’cue is...


Chicago-Style Beef Rolls

I have fond memories of eating these big, messy sandwiches at a neighbor's house when I was growing up. Freeze...


Slow-Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

These slow-cooker French dip sandwiches make a standout addition to any buffet line. Make sure to have plenty of small...


Slow-Cooker Italian Sloppy Joes

These tasty sloppy joes with plenty of mass appeal are perfect for a gathering. If you're taking them to an...

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Italian Turkey Sandwiches

I hope you enjoy these tasty turkey sandwiches as much as our family does. The recipe makes plenty, so it's...


Spicy Shredded Beef Sandwiches

If you like your shredded beef with a little kick, then this recipe is for you. For an even zestier...


Coffee-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Adding coffee to meat adds such a deep flavor. And this recipe is so easy—I put it in before work,...


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Pulled Brisket Sandwiches

Don't let the number of ingredients in this recipe scare you; I'll bet you have most of them in your...


Slow-Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

I have fond memories of my mother in the kitchen preparing her amazing beef dip sandwiches. They always made our...


Beer-Braised Pulled Ham

To jazz up ham, I slow-cooked it with a beer sauce. Buns loaded with ham, pickles and mustard are irresistible....