Served with a hot loaf of bread and a side salad, this slow-cooker chili makes a hearty meal. The recipe was inspired by two friends when we were talking about food at a potluck barbecue. Phyllis Shyan, Elgin, Illinois
Cranberry sauce adds a yummy twist on traditional pulled pork my family can't get enough of! The pork cooks to tender perfection in the slow cooker, which also makes this dish conveniently portable. —Carrie Wiegand, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
Barbecued chicken gets a makeover in this recipe. The combination of ingredients makes for a mellow flavor that tastes more grown up than the original. It's great over rice, pasta or potatoes. —Sharon Fritz, Morristown, TN
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
A boneless beef roast simmers for hours in a slightly sweet sauce before it's shredded and tucked into rolls to make hearty sandwiches. “This is a family favorite,” notes Jennifer Bauer of Lansing, Michigan, who shared the recipe.
“We have used this recipe countless time for family gatherings and birthday parties,” writes Jennifer Middlekauff of New Holland, Pennsylvania. “The sandwiches are so easy to make, and they taste great.” TIP: “I usually double the recipe so I’m sure to have leftovers.”
Most members of my family would agree that no picnic is complete until these delicious beans have made their appearance. Preparing them in a slow cooker makes them easy to transport to any gathering. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida