Top 7 Summer Crockpot Recipes

These seven crockpot recipes are ideal for summer cooking. The crockpot doesn't emit much heat which makes it perfect for the summer kitchen. Side dishes like rich and creamy potatoes are perfect to serve with grilled steak or chicken. And preparing salad ingredients like rice, chicken, and sweet potatoes in the crockpot means you don't have to turn on the oven or heat up a pot of boiling water. Finally, any chocolate sauce made in the crockpot is perfect over ice cream.

Most people put...MORE their slow cookers away during the hot summer months, but that is a mistake. This wonderful appliance is perfect for summer cooking. You don't have to stand over a hot grill when it's 95 degrees outside, and once the food is in the crockpot, your work is done. Stay cool!

  • 01 of 07
    Easy Meatballs
    Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Linda Larsen

    This excellent recipe can be served as an appetizer, or you can nestle the meatballs in hot dog buns with some lettuce and chopped tomatoes for a quick and easy sandwich. The flavor is really wonderful - and it's a three ingredient recipe!

  • 02 of 07
    Crockpot Chili Dog
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    Chili dogs in the crockpot! You can use any type of hot dog or sausage in this super easy recipe. I like using Polish sausages because the flavor is so good. And use any kind of canned chili and any kind of cheese. The only thing I insist upon is that you toast the hot dog buns for some crunch.

  • 03 of 07
    BBQ Chicken Drummies
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    Chicken wings are always welcome as an appetizer. They're really delicious to serve while you're grilling since everyone's appetite is whetted by flavors drifting off the grill. And this barbecue sauce is the perfect addition to tender chicken wings.

  • 04 of 07
    Caramelized Onions
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    It's difficult to think of a better topping for grilled steak, fish, or chicken than caramelized onions. Made in the slow cooker, they're a snap.

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  • 05 of 07
    Crockpot BBQ Pinto Beans
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    Barbecued beans are a classic side dish for grilled meats, especially ribs. This recipe is rich, with a wonderful depth of flavor.

  • 06 of 07
    Sweet and Sour Ribs
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    These super easy ribs cook in the crockpot so all you have to do is fill it and let the machine do the rest of the work. It's really wonderful to come home to the aroma of ribs cooking in a fabulous sauce!

  • 07 of 07
    Chocolate Sauce
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    Okay, this is a fondue recipe. But it also works really well as a topping for ice cream. Add some chopped brownies, a couple of fresh berries, and some whipped cream for a fabulous cool dessert with very little work.