Slow Cooker Recipes for Hot Summer Days

By the time August rolls around, grilling outside in the sweltering heat can be just as oppressive as hovering over a hot stove. You can opt out of both by using an appliance that most cooks don't drag out of the cupboard till chilly autumn nights set in: the slow cooker. In the CHOW Test Kitchen, we created five slow cooker dishes that are just right for backyard cookouts, and you won't need to heat a burner or break a sweat on a smoked-out patio. Bonus: You can keep on making all five of these classics right through the fall and winter ahead.

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef BrisketEasy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

Slow Cooker Chicken Chile VerdeSlow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

Slow Cooker Ranch-Style Pinto BeansSlow Cooker Ranch-Style Pinto Beans

Slow Cooker Collard GreensSlow Cooker Collard Greens

Slow Cooker Rice PuddingSlow Cooker Rice Pudding

Photographs by Chris Rochelle CHOW.com