8 of the Best Slow Cooker Recipes for Beef, Chicken, and Pork
Last updated on April 1, 2022
When you have a lot of mouths to feed, what cooking method do you turn to?
If you’re looking to impart big, bold flavors with minimal effort, then a slow cooker should be your ideal cooking device. Cooking the meat low and slowly breaks down the muscle fibers and ensures a tender, melted meal in the mouth.
Often, cooking slowly is as simple as throwing all the ingredients into the slow cooker and letting it go, an ideal situation when you have to prepare everything else for a crowd. Prepare your slow cooker in the morning and enjoy dinner later, a long cooking time and no complications!
use some of the most ideal cuts of meat for slow cooking:
- Roasted Chuck Pork Butt
- Bottom Round Roast
With so many different flavor profiles and cuts of meat, you’ll never get bored with these amazing and easy slow cooker recipes we’ve found, and neither will your guests
1. Shredded pork rubbed with smoked coffee
Do you want to serve juicy and tender shredded pork with a sweet and spicy taste? You will have to try this shredded pork rubbed with smoked coffee. When cooked low and slow in a slow cooker, this pork butt melts into the goodness of melting in the mouth.
The trick is to dry rub the pork butt the night before with ground coffee, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, ground ginger, mustard powder, cilantro, brown sugar and salt. Refrigerating the cigarette butt overnight allows the flavors to set in, while the low, slow cooking method brings them out even more.
The best part? Use a ButcherBox pig butt, and this meal will serve six people.
2. Slow Cooker Chuck Roast
The best friend of a busy family, this slow cook roast recipe offers a hearty, glued meal to your ribs with minimal effort
You can toss the chuck roast into the slow cooker in the morning while you prepare breakfast and have dinner ready for dusk. This roast requires only a few spices for great flavor, including basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and garlic.
Don’t skip the scorching step, that’s where you really block the taste. Feel meat-free (pun intended) this roast recipe with vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots for a full meal.
3. Slow Cooker Beef Steak Tips
What are meat tips? Packed with robust, meaty flavor, these one-inch pieces of meat come from cuts of meat like flank steak, loin tip, and sirloin tip.
They are lean and delicious cooked as kebabs or in slow-cooked stews, like this slow-cooked beef steak tip recipe. Creamy thanks to a combination of cooking sherry, broth, spices and tapioca starch, these meat tips come together easily in a slow cooker. In fact, the only step is to throw everything into the slow cooker and, well, cook. Mushrooms complete the fleshy taste of these meat tips. This is literally one of the easiest slow cooker recipes for beef we’ve come across.
4. Chicken sausage with apple and bean stew
Mix your typical pot roast plans with this set-it-and-forget-it soup
ButcherBox apple sausage, two types of beans and carrots, this slow-cooking chicken sausage and bean stew is perfect for a cold dinner or anytime
Asian flavors like soy sauce, garlic and five spices. This slow-cooker Asian roast is made with a sizable chuck roast, which promises to feed plenty of mouths.
Potatoes and carrots further reinforce the food. It’s also packed with protein thanks to all that chuck roast, so you and your guests are bound to be satiated. Cooking it for 8 to 9 hours over low heat ensures a sweet and salty taste that makes it difficult to place the fork.
5. Southwest Chicken
Creamy Slow Cooker
a meal that tastes rich and decadent, but is actually healthy?
This Southwest Creamy Chicken recipe is the food to try. Bold flavors abound with spices like chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic, cayenne, and fresh lemon juice. Coconut cream (or whole coconut milk, whatever you have on hand) makes this dish super creamy and indulgent. Feel free to serve this flavorful meal on a bed of vegetarian noodles, potatoes or rice.
6. Slow cooker Beef Shank Osso Buco with Lemon and Parsley Gremolata
Here is a meal that will really impress your guests. Pieces of meat are a more affordable option than beef pieces in this osso buco recipe with lemon gremolata and parsley. (If you don’t have a beef stem, this great slow-cooker meat recipe with roast beef, braised meat, and even short ribs can serve as a substitute for this cut.)
Stew low and slow in the slow cooker, this tender meat meal with fork is richly flavored with vegetables, white wine, balsamic vinegar, oregano, thyme, bay leaves and cloves. Then it is topped with a lemon parsley gremolata, which ends the meal with an irresistibly bright and tasty note.
7. Italian Style Pork Shoulder of
Fennel and Tomato Pork butt
rubbed with Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, scorched to pack flavor and build a crust, then cooked low and slowly in a slow cooker. Add fennel and onion sautéed with balsamic vinegar, whole peeled tomatoes and carrots and an incredible burst of flavor awaits you with this Italian pork shoulder of fennel and tomato.
8. Crockpot Cajun-style Pork Butt with Jambalaya Rice
Low and slow, once again, is the preferred cooking method for this Cajun pork recipe with jambalaya rice. Cajun spices, paprika, and vegetables like colorful peppers flavor jambalaya rice, while a similar seasoning mix flavors pork butt.
Pork juices are the ultimate flavor booster, especially when used to stuff rice.