The Best Slow Cooker Recipe from Every U.S. State (2024)

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Alabama: Slow-Cooked Turkey with Berry Compote Alaska: Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Dip Arizona: Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce Arkansas: Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches California: Korean Pulled Pork Tacos Colorado: Slow Cooker Barbacoa Connecticut: Slow-Cooked Short Ribs with Salt-Skin Potatoes Delaware: Italian-Style Turkey with Polenta Florida: Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice Georgia: Peachy Baby Back Ribs Hawaii: Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Indiana: Slow Cooker Cheesy White Lasagna Iowa: Italian Cabbage Soup Kansas: Broccoli-Cauliflower Chicken Casserole Kentucky: Easy Slow-Cooked Pork Tenderloin Louisiana: Shrimp Chowder Maine: Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta Maryland: Blackberry Sriracha Chicken Sliders Massachusetts: Fiesta-Twisted Brunswick Stew Michigan: Spiced Apple Oatmeal Minnesota: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings Mississippi: Lora's Red Beans & Rice Nebraska: BBQ Country-Style Ribs Nevada: Chicken Fajita Chowder New Hampshire: Meatballs in Honey Buffalo Sauce New Jersey: Mediterranean Pot Roast Dinner New Mexico: White Bean Chicken Chili New York: Za'atar Chicken North Carolina: Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese North Dakota: Slow Cooker Beef Tips Ohio: Big Batch Cheeseburger Soup Oklahoma: Spice-Braised Pot Roast Oregon: Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole Pennsylvania: Slow-Cooked Sauerkraut Soup Rhode Island: Cuban-Style Pork Sandwiches South Carolina: Crazy Delicious Baby Back Ribs South Dakota: Navy Bean Vegetable Soup Tennessee: Slow Cooker Pork Chops Texas: Pulled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa Utah: Flavorful Pot Roast Vermont: Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs Virginia: Slow Cooker Peach Crumble Washington: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken West Virginia: Smothered Round Steak Wisconsin: Dilly Beef Sandwiches Wyoming: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs FAQs References

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The Best Slow Cooker Recipe from Every U.S. State (1)Sue StetzelUpdated: Jan. 31, 2022

    From sea to shining sea; these are the best slow cooker recipes submitted to us by Taste of Home fans in every state.


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    From New York to California, Alaska to Florida—these recipes have been rated best-of-the-best. What’s more, each saucy, slow-cooked bite has been submitted by a real home cook like you. Here are the very best slow cooker recipes from around the country!

    Psst… Find out which sandwich your state loves best.


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    Alabama: Slow-Cooked Turkey with Berry Compote

    We love to eat turkey, and on hot summer days, here's how we get our fix. For golden-brown turkey, broil for a few minutes before serving. —Margaret Bracher, Robertsdale, Alabama

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    Alaska: Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Dip

    This fun dip recipe uses ingredients that I always have in the fridge, so it's easy to throw together on short notice. —Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska

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    Arizona: Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce

    My father is very opinionated, especially about food. This recipe received his almost unreachable stamp of approval. I have yet to hear a disagreement from anyone who has tried it! —Melissa Taylor, Higley, Arizona

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    Arkansas: Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches

    Since I prepare the beef for these robust sandwiches in the slow cooker, it's easy to fix a meal for a hungry bunch. The savory homemade sauce assures I come home with no leftovers. —Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas

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    California: Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

    I created this unique pulled pork recipe so we could replicate our favorite food truck tacos at home. They're a little sweet, a little spicy and totally delicious any time of year. —Julie Orr, Fullerton, California

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    Colorado: Slow Cooker Barbacoa

    My husband adores this slow-cooker barbacoa simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado

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    Connecticut: Slow-Cooked Short Ribs with Salt-Skin Potatoes

    I love short ribs, and they are best prepared low and slow in a flavorful sauce. I also love salt potatoes, so combined the two with an Italian twist. My family was wowed! —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

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    Delaware: Italian-Style Turkey with Polenta


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    Florida: Gulf Coast Jambalaya Rice

    As the stew of the South, jambalaya is a definite staple. For ages, home cooks have been making their own tweaks on the traditional recipe. This rendition is my favorite. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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    Georgia: Peachy Baby Back Ribs

    It's easy to get a smoky outdoor barbecue flavor from your slow cooker. Trust me, I've fooled many people on more than one occasion with these ribs. —Mary Louise Lever, Rome, Georgia

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    Hawaii: Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork

    The Asian influence here in the Hawaiian islands inspired my char siu recipe. It’s tasty as is, in a bun or over rice. We make it often so we have leftovers to add to fried rice, ramen and salads. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii

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    This soup is great for stocking in the freezer and the curry gives it a warmer flavor, which goes so nicely with the salty ham. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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    I threw some always-available condiments into my slow cooker with a pork roast to create this fantastic pulled pork. It has become a staple sandwich filler for large get-togethers. The flavor of the pork goes well with a cold glass of white wine.—Lori Terry, Chicago, Illinois

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    Indiana: Slow Cooker Cheesy White Lasagna

    Here’s my best version of my favorite food—lasagna! The recipe is a winner, so it’s worth the extra prep. You’ll have plenty of time to plan side dishes while the main dish is cooking. —Suzanne Smith, Bluffton, Indiana

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    Iowa: Italian Cabbage Soup

    After doing yardwork on a windy day, we love to come in for a light but hearty soup like this one. It's brimming with cabbage, veggies and white beans. Pass the oven-warmed bread! —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa

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    Kansas: Broccoli-Cauliflower Chicken Casserole

    A chicken, broccoli and rice casserole is one of our favorite comfort foods. I make my easy variation in the slow cooker. You can easily substitute whatever cheese you prefer. I sometimes use dairy-free cheese to create a more paleo-friendly dinner. The dish is also delicious sprinkled with a simple bread crumb topping. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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    Kentucky: Easy Slow-Cooked Pork Tenderloin

    I find that simple dinners are the best comfort foods that my family of seven really desires. Simple, good ingredients are the key to my success in the kitchen. Three ingredients poured over the pork and—voila!—the most mouthwatering pork you have ever tasted! —Grace Neltner, Lakeside Park, Kentucky

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    Louisiana: Shrimp Chowder

    I simmer my rich and creamy shrimp soup in the slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than four hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night. —Will Zunio, Gretna, Louisiana

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    Maine: Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta

    This dish will remind you a bit of classic shrimp Creole, but it has a surprise Italian twist. Slow cooking gives it hands-off ease—perfect for company. —Karen Edwards, Sanford, Maine

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    Maryland: Blackberry Sriracha Chicken Sliders

    Dump everything in a slow cooker and then watch these spicy-sweet sliders become an instant party-time classic. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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    Massachusetts: Fiesta-Twisted Brunswick Stew

    Traditionally made with game meat, this updated Brunswick stew, using spicy sausage, is a modern mom’s best friend. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

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    Michigan: Spiced Apple Oatmeal

    These easy apple-y oats let your family have a warm and cozy breakfast no matter how busy you are. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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    Minnesota: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

    The meat literally falls off the bones of these wings! Spice lovers will get a kick out of the big sprinkling of red pepper flakes. —Sue Bayless, Prior Lake, Minnesota

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    Mississippi: Lora's Red Beans & Rice


    My family loves this versatile pork dish. We like to have it over a serving of cheesy grits, but it also goes well with rice or potatoes. Leftovers make an excellent starter for white chili. —Val Ruble, Ava, Missouri

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    White wine dresses up cream of chicken soup to make a lovely sauce for chicken, ham and Swiss cheese roll-ups. The tried-and-true recipe comes from my mother. —Carol McCollough, Missoula, Montana

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    Nebraska: BBQ Country-Style Ribs

    Quick to prep for the slow cooker, this dinner is terrific with a salad and a fresh side. My family practically cheers whenever I make it! —Cheryl Mann, Winside, Nebraska

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    Nevada: Chicken Fajita Chowder

    This south-of-the-border chowder is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes, and it's a winner at family dinners and potlucks alike. We like ours topped with fresh avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and chili cheese corn chips. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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    New Hampshire: Meatballs in Honey Buffalo Sauce

    My family loves the sweet and spicy combination and declared this recipe an instant favorite just for that reason. The meatballs start sweet but finish with a little heat! —Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire

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    New Jersey: Mediterranean Pot Roast Dinner

    I first made this recipe one cold winter day. My family (adults, kids and dogs) were having a blast sledding and playing in the snow all day, and when we came inside supper was ready! This pot roast is perfect served with mashed potatoes, rice or dinner rolls. —Holly Battiste, Barrington, New Jersey

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    New Mexico: White Bean Chicken Chili

    My sister shared this white bean chicken chili recipe with me. I usually double it and add one extra can of beans, then serve with cheddar biscuits or warmed tortillas. The jalapeno adds just enough heat to notice but not too much for my children. —Kristine Bowles, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    New York: Za'atar Chicken

    It's hard to find a dinner that both my husband and kids will enjoy—and even harder to find one that's fast and easy. This is it! No matter how much I make of this dish, it's gone to the last bite. —Esther Erani, Brooklyn, New York

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    North Carolina: Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese

    This classic casserole is a rich and cheesy meatless main dish. I've never met anyone who didn't ask for a second helping. —Bernice Glascoe, Roxboro, North Carolina

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    North Dakota: Slow Cooker Beef Tips

    As a busy mom, I love my slow-cooker meals! Beef tips remind me of a childhood favorite. I make this slow-cooker beef tips recipe with mushrooms and red wine, then serve over brown rice, noodles or mashed potatoes. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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    Ohio: Big Batch Cheeseburger Soup

    When my mother-in-law gave me her recipe for cheeseburger soup, I changed it a little to make it my own. It's the perfect comfort food to enjoy on a cold winter evening. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio

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    Oklahoma: Spice-Braised Pot Roast

    Just pour these ingredients over your pot roast and let the slow cooker do the work. Herbs and spices give the beef an excellent taste. I often serve this roast over noodles or with mashed potatoes, using the juices as a gravy. —Loren Martin, Big Cabin, Oklahoma

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    Oregon: Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole

    After trying many variations of this old standby, I decided to give it a little kick. The crunchy texture from the veggies combines with bacon and melt-in-your-mouth cheese to make this dish a hit at any holiday get-together. —Stephan-Scott Rugh, Portland, Oregon

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    Pennsylvania: Slow-Cooked Sauerkraut Soup

    We live in Lancaster County, which has a rich heritage of German culture. Our dishes often include sauerkraut, potatoes and sausage. We enjoy this recipe on cold winter evenings, along with muffins and fruit. —Linda Lohr, Lititz, Pennsylvania

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    Rhode Island: Cuban-Style Pork Sandwiches

    Loaded with tangy flavor, this is a lighter version of a favorite restaurant-style sandwich. If you don’t have a panini maker, tuck the sandwiches under the broiler until the bread is browned and the cheese melted. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

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    South Carolina: Crazy Delicious Baby Back Ribs

    My husband craves a good ribs recipe, so we cook them multiple ways. This low and slow method with a tangy sauce is the best we’ve found. —Jan Whitworth, Roebuck, South Carolina

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    South Dakota: Navy Bean Vegetable Soup

    My family likes bean soup, so I came up with this hearty, hammed-up version. The leftovers freeze well for first-rate future meals. —Eleanor Mielke, Mitchell, South Dakota

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    Tennessee: Slow Cooker Pork Chops

    Everyone will enjoy these fork-tender, slow-cooker pork chops with a creamy, light gravy. Serve with a green vegetable, mashed potatoes and coleslaw or a salad. These are the best slow cooker pork chops. —Sue Bingham, Madisonville, Tennessee

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    Texas: Pulled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

    I've made quite a few tacos in my day, but you can't beat the tender filling made in a slow cooker. These are by far the best pork tacos we've had—and we've tried plenty. Make the mango salsa from scratch if you have time! Yum. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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    Utah: Flavorful Pot Roast

    On hectic days, this is so quick and easy to prep! Convenient packages of dressing and gravy combine to create a sauce worthy of a fall-apart roast. For a filling meal-in-one, serve with mashed potatoes and ladle the juices over top.—Arlene Butler, Ogden, Utah

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    Vermont: Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ribs

    Check your pantry; you probably have everything needed to turn these ribs into a sweet, tangy, fork-tender treat. —Annette Thompson, Woodbury, Vermont

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    Virginia: Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

    I look forward to going on our beach vacation every year, but I don't always relish the time spent cooking for everybody. This slow-cooker dessert (or breakfast!) gives me more time to lie in the sun and enjoy the waves. Melty ice cream is a must. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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    Washington: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

    Of all the recipes I make in my slow cooker, this Crock-Pot BBQ chicken is my most treasured. If you enjoy your BBQ sweet with a little spice, this will be your new favorite, too. —Yvonne McKim, Vancouver, Washington

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    West Virginia: Smothered Round Steak

    Try less expensive round steak and gravy served over egg noodles for a hearty meal. Meaty and chock full of veggies, this slow-cooker creation will take the worry out of what's-for-supper any weeknight. Kathy Garret - Camden, West Virginia

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    Wisconsin: Dilly Beef Sandwiches

    My younger sister shared this recipe with me. It puts a twist on the traditional barbecue sandwich and is a proven crowd-pleaser. Plus, it's incredibly convenient to make in the slow cooker. —Donna Blankenheim, Madison, Wisconsin

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    Wyoming: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    My family asks for these saucy meatballs all year long. I like to make them with ground beef in the winter and ground turkey in the spring.—Rachelle Stratton, Rock Springs, Wyoming

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    Originally Published: March 18, 2019

    The Best Slow Cooker Recipe from Every U.S. State (51)

    Sue Stetzel

    Sue has been working with Taste of Home since 2011. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Community Cooks. She spends her free time cooking, crafting, and volunteering for various organizations in her home town.

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    What is best to cook in a slow cooker? ›

    Slow cookers are great for cooking cheaper cuts like beef brisket, pork shoulder, lamb shoulder and chicken thighs. You can also use less meat, as slow cooking really extracts a meaty flavour that permeates the whole dish. Bulk up with vegetables instead.

    What is the best meat to cook in a slow cooker? ›

    Choose the right cut: Chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders and lamb shanks (think fatty and tougher meats) become meltingly tender with the moist, low heat of a slow cooker. Leaner cuts like pork tenderloin tend to dry out. Likewise, dark meat chicken — thighs, drumsticks, etc.

    Is 4 hours on high the same as 8 hours on low in a slow cooker? ›

    The difference between "High" and "Low" on slow cookers seems to differ with every brand and model. One thing that is consistent, though, is that food takes seven to eight hours to reach a simmer point (around 210°) on low; versus three to four hours on high.

    Do you have to brown stew meat before slow cooking? ›

    Slow cooking without a preliminary sear results in grey meat with greatly reduced flavor. Other ingredients like onions also benefit from browning. If you want a rich, highly flavored stew take the time to sear your meat, onions and other veggies first.

    What is the difference between a slow cooker and a crockpot? ›

    However, Crockpots generally have ceramic or porcelain pots, while most slow cookers have a metal pot. As with a lot of cooking appliances, the biggest difference comes from the distribution of heat.

    Is a Crockpot the same as a slow cooker? ›

    A slow cooker and a Crockpot are the same thing, essentially. A slow cooker is an appliance of which there are lots of brands. Crockpot is one brand of slow cooker. Crockpot popularized slow cookers when they launched their version in the 1970s.

    Can you put raw meat straight into a slow cooker? ›

    Can you put meat straight into a slow cooker? Meat can be added directly unseared and not browned.

    What is the healthiest meat to slow cook? ›

    common lean roasts found in the grocery store
    • chuck tender roast. A lean roast that requires slow cooking to tenderize.
    • shoulder roast. An inexpensive chuck cut with good flavor and good for roasting or slow cooking.
    • rump roast. A boneless and lean cut ideal for slow cooking.
    • eye of round roast.

    Which cut of beef is best for slow cooking? ›

    Chuck. Chuck steak was practically designed for slow cooking. It comes from the shoulder and upper arm of the cow, so it's done a lot of work over the life of the animal — with its abundant collagen, it's the type of cut that gets tough when grilled quickly, but becomes tender and juicier the longer you cook it.

    Is it safe to leave a slow cooker on overnight? ›

    The short answer: Yes. slow cookers are made to cook food for extensive periods of time (some can be left up to 24 hours). But, of course, follow safe practices outlined in your instruction manual, and keep the appliance on low or warm, as opposed to high, overnight.

    What happens if you slow cook on high instead of low? ›

    Let's say you want to slow cook a pork roast recipe that calls for 8 hours on Low, but you need it done in much less than 8 hours. Switching to High for the sake of time savings can leave you with a roast that's dried out or even burned on the exterior, but undercooked and not at a food-safe temperature in the center.

    Can you overcook in a slow cooker? ›

    While slow cooker recipes are designed to cook for extended periods of time, they can still become overcooked if left on the wrong setting for too long. In general, it's best to stick to the indicated cook time on the recipe you're following.

    Why do you put flour on meat before cooking? ›

    As for why it's such a prevalent method at all, the two main reasons people will supply are that it helps create a more flavorful sear on the meat and that it thickens up the sauce or broth of the final product.

    Why do you have to flour meat before slow cooking? ›

    The idea behind coating meat with a sprinkling of flour before browning in a hot pan is pretty simple: Flour is full of starch that will caramelize quickly and give a deeper color and flavor. You most often see this technique called for in stews, where flour is used to thicken the cooking liquid.

    What happens if you don't brown meat before slow cooker? ›

    "Browning, or caramelizing, meat before putting it into a slow cooker isn't 100 percent necessary, but it is well worth the effort for the most flavorful and full-bodied end result," he says. "The caramelized surface of the meat will lend rich flavor and color to the finished dish."

    What is the best meat to slow cook in a Crockpot? ›

    What Are the Best Meats for Slow Cooking?
    • Pork Shoulder. Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork. ...
    • Beef Chuck Roast. Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast. ...
    • Lamb Shanks. Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks. ...
    • Beef Short Ribs. Short Ribs Braised with Mushrooms and Tomatoes.
    Sep 9, 2020

    Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker? ›

    Yes, you can add raw steak to a slow cooker to cook it to your desired doneness level.

    Is it better to use a slow cooker on high or low? ›

    Foods take different times to cook depending upon the setting used. Certainly, foods will cook faster on high than on low. However, for all-day cooking or for less-tender cuts, you may want to use the low setting.

    Why would you use a slow cooker? ›

    Slow cookers are great for parties and gatherings because they free up oven and stovetop space and keep food warm for hours. You can spend more time actually enjoying the company of your mates and less time getting stressed in the kitchen.


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