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16 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Dinners

Don't waste your summer nights in the kitchen!

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BBQ chicken sliders

Brining the chicken overnight helps make it taste exceptionally good. It’s so tender, it melts in your mouth. —Rachel Kunkel, Schell City, Missouri

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Smoky baked beans

They’ll be standing in line for this saucy bean recipe, full of campfire flavor. A variation on colorful calico beans, it makes a great side dish with all your cookout favorites. —Lynne German, Cumming, Georgia

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Lip smackin’ ribs

No matter what time of year you eat them, these ribs taste like summer. It’s feel-good food! —Ron Bynaker, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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Slow-cooked salsa

I love the fresh taste of homemade salsa, but as a working mother, I don’t have much time to make it. So I came up with this slow-cooked version that practically makes itself! —Toni Menard, Lompoc, California

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Pulled BBQ pork

After years of vacationing on the North Carolina coast, I became hooked on their pork barbecue. The version I developed is a favorite at potluck dinners. —Joseph Sarnoski, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Mexican beef-stuffed peppers

I grew up eating stuffed peppers and thought my husband would immediately love them as well. He didn’t at first, but then I created this slow-cooked recipe. He loves fajitas and tacos, so I created these peppers with all of his favorite flavors tucked inside. —Nicole Sullivan, Arvada, Colorado

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Slow cooker buffalo chicken lasagna

When I make this tasty chicken lasagna at home, I use a whole bottle of buffalo wing sauce because my family likes it nice and spicy. Increase the pasta sauce and use less wing sauce if you prefer. —Heidi Pepin, Sykesville, Maryland

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Chili coney dogs

Everyone in our family, from smallest kids to oldest adults, loves these hot dogs. They’re so easy to throw together in the morning, or even the night before. —Michele Harris, Vicksburg, Michigan

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Slow-cooked sloppy joes

Slow cook your way to a crowd-pleasing entree! Ground beef is transformed into a classic sandwich filling with just a few pantry staples. —Joeanne Steras, Garrett, Pennsylvania

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Slow-cooker berry cobbler

I adapted my mom’s yummy cobbler recipe for slow cooking. With the hot summers here in Arizona, we can still enjoy this comforting dessert, and I don’t have to turn on the oven. —Karen Jarocki, Yuma, Arizona

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Slow-cooked reuben brats

Sauerkraut gives these beer-simmered brats a big flavor boost, but it’s the special chili sauce and melted cheese that put them over the top. Top your favorite burger with some of the chili sauce; you won’t be sorry. —Alana Simmons, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Red, white, and brew slow-cooked chicken

Thrifty whole chicken is cut up and simmered in a spicy tomato sauce. I serve it with crusty bread so we can mop up and enjoy every last drop of sauce. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

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Lemon red potatoes

Butter, lemon juice, parsley, and chives enhance this simple side dish. I usually prepare these potatoes when I’m having company. Since they cook in the slow cooker, there’s plenty of room on the stove for other dishes. —Tara Branham, Austin, Texas

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Meat loaf burgers

These hearty meat loaf sandwiches are great for potluck dinners. Served on hamburger buns, the beefy patties get extra flavor when topped with the seasoned tomato sauce. —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan

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Old-fashioned peach butter

Cinnamon and ground cloves add down-home flavor to this spread for toast or biscuits. Using the slow cooker eliminates much of the stirring required when simmering fruit butter on the stovetop. —Marilou Robinson, Portland, Oregon

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Slow cooker French dip sandwiches

Tender beef on toasted rolls with steaming pan juices, these sandwiches make a standout addition to the buffet line. —Holly Neuharth, Mesa, Arizona

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