Though your slow cooker and Dutch oven are surely packed away in a dark corner of your kitchen cabinet, it’s time to take them out and dust them off. It may seem foolish to break out these heavy-duty pots that normally turn out hearty, cold-weather meals, but there really is no better time to put these pots to use for an easy-to-prep, summery spread.
With the right recipes and some seasonal ingredients, a summer cookout can come together in a cinch, so you can have Drip Beef or Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches waiting and ready as soon as your guests show up with bowls of coleslaw and potato salad. Your pots will do all the work of cooking and braising, so you can pull off a simple and delicious summer meal.
Here are 6 summer-inspired recipes that will keep your pots busy: