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.
Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Try serving this crowd-pleaser at your next movie night, book club, or other casual get-together. It’s a lighter take on a barbecue sandwich—made with chicken breasts instead of pork shoulder. The homemade barbecue sauce is simple to pull together, using mostly staple pantry ingredients. It’s delicious, and much lower in sugar and sodium than many bottled sauces. We use molasses for authentic BBQ flavor, but you can sub an equal amount of honey or brown sugar for a slightly different taste. When shopping for molasses, steer clear of blackstrap—it has a strong bitter flavor that will overpower the sauce.