If your slow cooker has an adorable blue-checkered design like mine does, then you'll get why mine's always out on the counter. That means my Crock-Pot is always ready for meal-prepping (i.e. dump ingredients, turn on, walk away), even in the sweltering heat of summer.
Especially in the sweltering heat of summer.
Because what's one thing you don't have to do when you're plugging in the good ol' Crock-Pot? Turn on the stove. Which means my tiny New York City apartment gets to stay cool as a cucumber while I set and forget my meals for the week, leaving me time and space to catch up on the latest season of Dead to Me on Netflix, or to spend a quiet day at the beach reading or hanging out on my rooftop.
I can come home to a fully cooked meal—and all I have to do is tuck in.
Slow-cooking in the warmer months is useful, as well, for when you're entertaining outdoors. You can cook your large-format dishes without batting an eye, freeing up the grill for burgers and steaks. Think: big batches of slow-cooker BBQ chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and smoky shredded beef tacos. Thanks to the Crock-Pot, your summer cookouts have never been easier.
The versatility of warm-weather slow-cooking is boundless. So whether you're feeding friends at a backyard barbecue or meal-prepping for the week just for you, these summer Crock-Pot recipes should have you covered: