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Give the Grill a Break! 10 Crock-Pot Recipes For Your Family's Next Cookout

Jul 4 2016 - 8:14am

While one of the great perks of Spring and Summer entertaining is access to a grill, there's something to be said for advance preparation. Whether you're hosting or attending an outdoor cookout or barbecue, go easy on yourself by eliciting the help of your Crock-Pot. Yes, you heard us right! While it's typically associated with heartier fare, your slow cooker can also be a great way to prep flavorful barbecue or picnic essentials for warm-weather gatherings. Here, 10 of our kid-friendly favorites!

Slow-Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

In a fraction of the active prep time that it would take to make on the grill, this Apple Cider Pulled Pork [1] is delicious on a bun with a green salad or coleslaw.

Source: Gimme Some Oven [2]

Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken Salad

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma's The New Slow Cooker, this
Curried Chicken Salad [3] is easy to make and serve.

Source: Flickr user Einahpets32 [4]

Tangy Sloppy Joes

With only a few ingredients, these sloppy joes from Budget Gourmet Mom [5] are on the table and ready for noshing after a day of cooking slow and low, thanks to your Crock-Pot. And leftovers do double duty as lunch the next day.

Source: Budget Gourmet Mom [6]

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos With Cabbage and Radish Slaw

Mexican may not be the first genre that comes to mind when coming up with a cookout menu, but these Chipotle Beef Tacos [7] would make a great main dish for our outdoor party.

Source: Jose Picayo for Real Simple [8]

Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Caesar Salad Sandwiches [9] make an unexpected, but welcome addition to most any barbecue.

Source: Sweet Treats and More [10]

Barbecue Ribs in the Crock-Pot

Talk about easy: these Crock-Pot Ribs [11] require just five ingredients!

Source: Flickr user tkd540 [12]

Slow-Cooker Southwestern Quinoa

While we generally associate slow-cooker meals with heartier fare, this Southwestern Quinoa [13] is light and bright and makes a yummy side dish alongside barbecued chicken, burgers, or ribs.

Source: Betty Crocker [14]

Crock-Pot Baked Beans

After 10-plus hours of simmering in the slow cooker, we can pretty much guarantee that these baked beans [15] will have the best depth of flavor of any you've ever made.

Source: How Sweet It Is [16]

Slow-Cooker Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Kids and parents alike will delight in this light and lovely Lemon Poppy Seed Cake [17] from Real Simple — no oven required!

Source: Anson Smart for Real Simple [18]

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Whip up a batch of ooey, gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies [19] the Martha Stewart [20] way — in your Crock-Pot!

Source: Martha Stewart [21]

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