15 Delicious and Easy Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Beat the Heat With Tasty Mains, Sides, and Desserts

Summer is a busy time for many families and you might not want to heat up the kitchen with your stove on hot days. That's why this is the perfect time to turn to your trusted slow cooker so you can create a delicious, easy meal.​

These crock pot recipes include main dishes for a quick dinner, sides for a backyard barbecue, and sweet desserts for any occasion. They're simple, seasonal, and save time, allowing you to get back to the summer fun!

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    Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

    Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

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    In only three hours, you can have scrumptious slow cooker barbecue chicken ready for the family. This recipe requires just three ingredients and the shredded chicken is perfect for creating quick sandwiches. For a special treat, top it with homemade coleslaw.

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    Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs

    Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs

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    There's no need to fire up the grill when you get a craving for delicious barbecued ribs. Simply toss them in your slow cooker with a homemade barbecue sauce and they'll be ready for dinner. This slow cooker barbecued ribs recipe is also a perfect option for slow-cooked pork chops.

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    Slow Cooker Pork Chops With Peaches

    Slow Cooker Pork Chops With Peaches

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    Take advantage of the summer's peach crop and pair them with pork chops in this unforgettable slow cooker pork chops with peaches recipe. The fruit is a wonderful contrast to the made-from-scratch barbecue sauce and it's a dish the entire family is sure to love.

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    Crock Pot Chili Dog Sauce

    Crock Pot Chili Dog

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    A flavorful crock pot chili dog sauce is an ideal topping for your grilled hot dogs or sausages. It can also save the day if the weather takes a turn for the worse and your barbecue gets rained out. Simply toss the hot dogs in the crock pot under the chili and you have a one-pot meal!

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    BBQ Chicken Drummies

    grilled bbq chicken legs

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    Always a favorite appetizer, BBQ chicken drummies are a fantastic contribution to a potluck or picnic. The slow cooker makes these wings super easy to whip up. Everyone will rave about this barbecue and chili sauce combo that's accented with honey and garlic.

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    Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans With Bacon

    Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans With Bacon

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    The ultimate side for any picnic, slow cooker barbecue beans with bacon can be ready in a few hours with minimal effort. In this recipe, you're essentially dressing up canned pork and beans with bacon, bell pepper brown sugar, and your favorite barbecue sauce. No one will know just how easy it is!

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    Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob

    Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob

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    Grilled corn is a summer treat. Don't worry if you run out of room on the grill, though—just turn on your crock pot and cook it up! This slow cooker corn on the cob recipe uses just four ingredients, including bacon and butter, and the delicious morsels will be ready in a couple of hours.

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    Summer Crock Pot Veggies

    Summer Veggie Crock Pot Dish

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    Some of the best summer crock pot recipes take advantage of the bounty of fresh produce that makes the season great. That's exactly what you'll find in this delicious summer crock pot veggies recipe. The garden-fresh dish includes corn, bell peppers, squash, onion, and garlic. It's fabulous over pasta.

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    Crock Pot Squash Casserole

    Crock Pot Squash Casserole

    Diana Rattray

    Whether you have yellow summer squash or zucchini, you're going to love how they cook up in this simple crock pot squash casserole. The recipe creates a creamy dish with carrots, onions, and herb-seasoned stuffing. It's the ideal side for grilled steak.

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    Slow Cooker Zucchini and Tomatoes

    Slow Cooker Zucchini and Tomatoes

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    Turn your garden harvest into a delicious slow cooker meal. The slow cooker zucchini and tomatoes recipe has an Italian flair that's a bit like ratatouille, but it's so much easier! While it's great on its own, it makes a fantastic pairing for chicken or fish dishes.

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    Grape Jelly Meatballs

    Grape Jelly Meatballs

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    Meatballs are a fan favorite any time of the year. They make an easy contribution to the food at your summer parties and this grape jelly meatballs recipe is sure to please. They can be enjoyed on their own or served in hot dog buns for an easy sandwich.

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    Crock Pot Pineapple Casserole

    Crock Pot Pineapple Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    When you're in the mood for an unusual and extraordinary recipe, try this crock pot pineapple casserole. It can serve as a side dish or a semi-savory dessert. This one is surprisingly easy to mix up with canned pineapple, evaporated milk, and cornbread dressing crumbs.

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    Crock Pot Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

    Crock Pot Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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    Indulging your sweet side is fun and easy! The crock pot strawberry-rhubarb crisp makes one of the season's favorite desserts a breeze to put together. In just a few hours, this warm delight will be ready for a scoop of ice cream.

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    Crock Pot Peach Dump Cake

    Grilled peach cobbler
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    A fun, tasty fruit cobbler is a fantastic use for your slow cooker during the summer months. The crock pot peach dump cake recipe is a perfect place to begin and it's an effortless dessert you'll come back to over and over again.

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    Crock Pot Sugared Pecans

    Crock Pot Sugared Pecans or Walnuts

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    Snacks are essential during your summer travels. Before you head out, take some time to whip up some crock pot sugared pecans. They're the perfect sweet-savory bites to keep your family energized and the recipe works really well with walnuts, too.