Crockpot Recipes, Tips and More!!

The Crockpot (Slow Cooker), my favorite cooking appliance in the entire world. It has endless uses in the kitchen and other areas of the house and you can also never run out of crockpot recipes. I get emails and comments on the blog all the time asking about what crockpot to buy, what crockpot recipes are the best, what’s the difference between a slow cooker and so on.

I decided to make a crockpot / slow cooker page dedicated to these amazing kitchen tools. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom. Please feel free to share this on your blog with the code below the Infographic. Of course, social media shares are always great.

The Ultimate Slow Cooker Guide

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Crockpot / Slow Cooker

Every one always asks what my favorite crockpot is? I have used at least 5 different brands of slow cookers and crockpots and have finally landed on my favorite. I now own 4 of the same one and they never fail me.

My favorite all around crockpot is the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n’ forget Slow Cooker (6 quart).

I also have favorites of every size and even a Wifi model.

Lately, I have been using One tool to replace 5 different appliances in my house. Click here to see it.

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Think you can only use your crockpot for the simple things like roasts and chickens, not quite. There are plenty of other slow cooker tricks.

Slow Cooker Tricks

  • You can use your crockpot as a double boiler. You simply fill the insert about halfway with water, add all the ingredients to a bowl that will then be set in the water. This slows down cooking for overnight recipes. (source)
  • You can use your crockpot as a steamer. Add a small amount of water or tea to the insert of your crockpot, layer with fresh aromatics to create a resting surface above the liquid (rosemary, thyme, etc.). Place your food on top and the food will be steamed with the flavors of the herbs. (source)
  • You can poach a whole chicken in it. Line the bottom of your crockpot with some freshly cut onions, carrots, celery with some thyme or rosemary. Lay your whole chicken on top and then fill with water to cover the whole chicken. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 4 hours. (source)
  • You can turn it into a Sous Vide. Yes that is right, fancy cooking for under $100. Typically sous vide machines cost upwards of $600 and with this method you can make your own. Of course if you want to buy one for ease of you, this is the one I use at home.
  • Use Aluminum Foil. That is right, either line the insert with foil which will help food cook more evenly and be easier to clean or wrap individual meats in foil themselves.

Armed with all this information as well as our favorite slow cooker tricks, here are the best crockpot recipes we have to offer that are simple and delicious. Not to mention, a few of them have won multiple awards.

Crockpot Recipes

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  1. Love your site! We wouldn’t eat much in our household without a crockpot. Have discovered out of necessity, that most of the casseroles I make can be heated in the crockpot while we are in FL for the snowbird season.
    Great conversion info, much appreciated!

  2. Love my slow cooker!! I use mine and your recipes all the time! I Cook for just my husband and me but it’s great for making dinner then lunches for him for the week.

    Do you have a PDF of these infographics anywhere so I can keep them handy in my iPad? Keep up the great work!

      1. Thank you, George. I was going to ask the same thing.
        I love your recipes and the way you put your menus together. Thank you for all you do!
        Hope life gets less complicated. <3

  3. I LOVE my crockpots…I have 2 of the same size & sometimes they are both going! Usually cuZ there is bone broth in one. Sometimes it’s because my 17 year old can eat a chicken by himself…lol. Thanks for the new info!

  4. I came across this post from coconut mama on Facebook and I’m trying to pin it so I can refer to it later but it won’t allow me and says to contact site owner?

  5. Hi George,
    I’m really trying to get a handle on this cooking thing and your post about crock pots couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve tried to use my crock pot but the recipes never indicate what size crockpot is recommended. I have a 6qt one which seems to be too large for most recipes and when I try to adjust the recipe it doesn’t turn out well. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  6. Love my crockpot. It makes life so much easier.

    We homeschool and it makes dinner a snap. My daughter loves to fill the crockpot in the morning and proudly serve dinner that evening.

    Have a wonderful weekend and keep up the great posts.

  7. Great guide, thanks! Have you tried the slow cooker mode of the Instant Pot? (saw in another post you had an Instant Pot)

  8. Hey, great guide, thank you! I saw on another post that you also have an Instant Pot, have you tried it’s slow cooker mode? I just got one about a month ago, so far only made Kalua pork using the pressure cooker mode so I’m curious :)

  9. I have an 8 1/2 quart crock pot I use mostly for bone broth but also for large roasts etc. I love it. I have a 2 quart and a 5 quart also :)

      1. Hey, I want to know this one too. Some days it feels like I’m feeding the 82nd Airborne At my house. Everything is ‘extra large” are here.
        Sarah in Tehachapi

        1. I have an 8qt crockpot, too. Got mine from Kohls. It’s a Hamilton Beach. I’ve seen the nice 8.5qt ones but my Hamilton was only like $40. It’s heavy and I love it :)

  10. George,

    I you like slow cookers…..check out the Ninja 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 cookers. Slow cooker, stovetop, and oven. They have changed my life!

  11. This is so awesome! Even though I don’t have one at home, I enjoy reading all these tips anyway hahahaha. Keep up great works man, I really appreciate that.

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