Time-Saving BBQ Slow-Cooker Recipes You'll Love
Everyone has a different technique when it comes to barbecue. Whether you fire up the grill or ready the smoker, you know the feeling of an afternoon spent tending the meats. But what about those days when you want barbecue but don’t have any time to spend at the grill? Turn to your slow cooker. It will be your best friend. We have plenty of recipes for slow cooker barbecue, and we’ll even show you how to make ribs in the slow cooker. These slow cooker barbecue recipes will be the envy of the neighborhood, and everyone will be coming back for seconds, guaranteed. We’ve even included a few recipes for homemade barbecue sauces. With all the time you’re saving while making these slow cooker barbecue recipes, you’ll have plenty of extra minutes to mix up a tasty sauce to accompany it.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you ask any pitmaster, they're likely to agree that the key to perfect pulled pork has a lot to do with how long the meat has been cooking. Unlike quickly searing a steak or some shrimp, cooking a pork shoulder on low for hours allows the moisture and flavors of the meat to be sealed inside. This pulled pork recipe recipe mimics the 'low and slow' method, and the juicy result is certainly worth it. It's tender, soft, and melts in your mouth. Even better news? You've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make this exceptional pulled pork already in your pantry or fridge – now all you need is a great pork shoulder. This simple recipe calls for a few sweet onions, some seasoning blend, chicken broth, salt, and a tenderloin. That's it. Give the pork between eight to ten hours in your slow cooker, and it will be fork tender and ready to shred by dinner time. Plus, it'll fill your house with a mouth-watering aroma.
Pulled pork is a regional classic, and we believe that all Southerners should be able to make it. This slow cooker pulled pork is a great foundation for both amateur and seasoned cooks, and doesn't take much time to prepare in advance. When it comes to seasoning the meat, we recommend a spice blend of garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. You can often find this already blended in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, but don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients if you've already got them all on hand. We tested this recipe with McCormick Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning, but try swapping in your favorite pork rub if desired. If you'd rather not serve this great pork dinner recipe as a main dish, it can easily be subbed into many of your other favorite recipes. Try making Pulled Pork Nachos for game day or as a Friday night family dinner treat. Or, whip up some Pork Noodle Bowls as a cozy dinner recipe on cold evenings. We also love topping this juicy pork with our favorite local barbecue sauces – like Alabama white sauce – and serving as a pulled pork sandwich next to some creamy potato salad and a cup of banana pudding. If you're looking to share this recipe with friends, we definitely recommend preparing 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for your next potluck or church gathering; you'll have everyone asking for the recipe.
Easy BBQ Ribs
Recipe: Easy BBQ Ribs
We’ve made delicious ribs even easier. Hungry? Not for long.
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches
Make a simple weekend lunch even easier with a batch of barbecue beef sandwiches whipped up in the slow cooker.
Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans
Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Ribs and Beans
Ribs in the slow cooker? Oh yes. One taste, and you’ll be adding it to your weekly rotation.
Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Recipe: Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken
Barbecue chicken is a weeknight staple. You’ll love this recipe, which significantly cuts down on prep time.
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Pork
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Barbecue Pork
The possibilities are endless once you’ve made this barbecue pork—put it in sandwiches, tacos, or eat it on its own.
Recipe: Coriander-Coconut-Braised Ribs
This recipe showcases a surprising coconut-coriander combination that just works. Take our word for it.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
You probably have these five ingredients on hand, so you’re already on your way to a meal of tasty pulled pork.
Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket
The slow cooker does your work for you in this easy recipe.
Texas-Style Barbecued Beef Brisket
Get a taste of Texas with a plate of this oh-so-good beef brisket.
Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Take the morning off, but ensure that you still have a delicious Saturday lunch on the table with our recipe for barbecued chicken sandwiches straight from the slow cooker.
Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers
Come for the sliders, stay for the pickled peppers. Yum!
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Recipe: Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Make a summery, barbecue-inspired meal out of brisket and tacos. A dollop of summer salsa makes it even more seasonal.
Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Recipe: Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder
Mix things up with a versatile pork shoulder for dinner. This recipe is tangy, flavorful, and oh-so good.
Recipe: Barbacoa Brisket
The slow cooker renders this meat so incredibly tender that you’ll be demanding seconds.
Slow-Cooked Cowboy Brisket and Beans
Channel your inner cowboy with a meal of brisket and beans from the slow cooker.
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos Al Pastor with All the Fixings
This recipe starts with slow cooker-prepared pork, a delicious base for suppertime tacos.
Easy Brunswick Stew
Recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
This is the perfect cool-weather stew for barbecue lovers. Start with a Boston Butt and a slow cooker, and you’re on you way to Brunswick stew perfection.
Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos
Always a favorite, slow-cooker beef tacos take your dinner game up a few notches.
Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Once you’ve put together this four-ingredient recipe, treat it like barbecue (sauce and all!), and you’ll have a shortcut to a delicious meal.
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
The kids will cheer when you tell them they’re having nachos for dinner. (And you’ll cheer when you realize how easy they are to make!)
Recipe: Barbecue Beans
Add barbecue to the menu with this delicious (and easy!) side.
Sweet-and-Tangy Tomato Barbecue Sauce
Adorn your barbecue with a worthy sauce. Try this one.
El Sancho Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: El Sancho Barbecue Sauce
This sauce makes the most of your leftover brisket drippings.
White BBQ Sauce
Recipe: White BBQ Sauce
Alabama born and bred, this barbecue sauce is one for the books.
Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Barbecue Sauce
Get the best of both barbecue worlds with this sweet-and-spicy concoction.
Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce
This recipe is so totally unexpected—and so completely satisfying.
Spicy Honey-Lime Barbecue Sauce
For those who want a kick of adventurous flavor in their sauce, grab the honey and lime, and get to mixing.
Peach Barbecue Sauce
During peach season, there’s no barbecue sauce better suited to your meats.
Mole Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Mole Barbecue Sauce
Add some flavorful flair to your barbecue with this tasty sauce.