6 Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes (Like Peach Cobbler, Ribs and More!)

Your slow cooker need not be a one-season appliance; use it all summer to create these make-ahead meals from Food Network.

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

During summer’s hottest days, you might think it best to stash the slow cooker away until fall’s cooler temperatures have you craving slow-simmered stews and braises again. But it’s time to rethink your kitchen equipment! It turns out that there’s nothing better for summer’s lazy days and high temperatures than your trusty slow cooker. Here are six easy, make-ahead recipes that don’t require turning on the stove.

Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler (pictured above)

The honeyed flavor of ripe peaches mingles with cinnamon and ginger in this super-easy cobbler that’s made with frozen fruit.

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Photo by: Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Tough pork shoulder turns flavorful and meltingly tender in the slow cooker. Vinegar, brown sugar, molasses and paprika add authentic barbecue flavor.

Slow and low is still the name of the game for these sweet and sticky ribs — but in this case there’s no fire or constant tending required. Sit back and let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting.

Beans and rice are a great way to feed a family on a budget. Adding a ham shank and a little smoked sausage gives the dish incredible deep, smoky flavor.

FNK SLOW COOKER CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP (comfort food) Food Network Kitchen Food Network Carrots, Celery, Onion, Parsley, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Chicken Thighs, Egg Noodles, Lemons

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

For a simple summer supper, look no further than this slow cooker version of the classic soup. We used chicken thighs because they’re less expensive than breasts and tend not to dry out.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Slow-Cooker Healthy Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal Porridge for Year of Oats/Drunk Pies/Diners, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast any time of year. Prep this easy, fiber-packed porridge before you go to bed. All you need to do in the morning is give it a good stir and serve with maple syrup, cranberries and pecans.

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