There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Pork and Slaw Sandwiches
Making pulled pork in the slow cooker is simply genius, saving you all the prep and fuss of classic barbecue methods. This version is leaner than traditional pulled pork because it’s made with pork loin (not to be confused with tenderloin). The meat simmers to perfection and shreds beautifully after a seven-hour stint in the slow cooker. This recipe gives you slaw-topped sandwiches to feed a crowd, but you can also use the pork mixture and slaw as a topper for baked russet or sweet potatoes. Or get creative and use the pork mixture to make barbecue nachos, barbecue pizza, or barbecue-topped oven fries.