Slow Cooker Hacks

Slow Cooker Hacks and Recipes

There’s nothing like coming home to a hot meal, especially one you can prep in advance and cooks while you’re away. With the new Slow Cooker Stand you can turn your Rockcrok® Everyday Pan and Dutch Oven into a slow cooker, cooking or warming food at one of three different settings for meals made or reheated in no time. Here are some hacks and recipes to get you slow cooking in no time

1. Easy Prep, Easy Cleanup

Prep food the night before in the Rockcrok® and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. Bring it to room temperature before cooking. Ingredients such as vegetables or chunks of meat should be uniform in size, if possible, for even cooking. Use the high setting when you’re short on time, the low setting for recipes that can cook all day and to simmer soups and stews, and the warm setting for reheating already cooked meals. Line the Rockcrok® with parchment or aluminum foil (depending on the recipe) for easy cleanup.

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Slow Cooker Stand

2. Get to the Meat of It

When using a slow cooker, fattier meats cook best (they’re usually cheaper, too). Think chicken thighs rather than breasts, brisket, chuck roasts, short ribs, or pork (but not pork tenderloin). Thaw meat that will be cooked whole; it’s okay for meat that’s shredded or in chunks to be used from the freezer in a pinch. Dig into our Root Beer Ribs for a flavorful option that’s sure to please a hungry crowd.

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Root Beer Ribs


3. Sensible Seasoning

Because meals cook for so long in a slow cooker, it makes sense to use dried herbs and spices rather than fresh ones because a slow cooker will overcook them. The spices shouldn’t be added last but rather above the main ingredient (such as the meat) so that the flavor mixes well. This isn’t necessary when making a soup or stew. For recipes that call for broth or stock, consider adding bouillon cubes instead and mix with less water than directed. This will limit liquids in the slow cooker. The Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Cauliflower Mash features a well-seasoned mix of garlic, parsley, and Italian seasoning.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Cauliflower Mash

4. The Deal About Dairy

Dairy can be used in a slow cooker but should be added toward the end of cooking time to avoid curdling. Make sure it’s fresh, and cook only on low heat. Adding some cornstarch will also keep dairy from curdling and it’s a good option for thickening liquids, too. Alternatively, you can make a roux with equal parts butter and flour plus a little milk to thicken a dish with too much liquid. Start your day off with a hot breakfast with Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal.

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Overnight Steel-Cut Oats

5. Lowdown on Layering

Typically, meats go on the bottom of a slow cooker, followed by spices, then vegetables, other dry ingredients, and then liquids, which should cover everything. Denser vegetables like potatoes can also go on the bottom so that they’ll cook thoroughly. Speaking of layering, you can also poach fish over a layer of herbs or steam vegetables over a layer of lemongrass on top of water (or another liquid). Your slow cooker can be used to make just about any dish! There’s nothing like the smell of our Slow Cooker Minestrone made in the slow cooker on the weekend to gather family around the table.

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Slow Cooker Minestrone

What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe? Share it with us in the comments below.

36 Responses to Slow Cooker Hacks and Recipes

  1. Stacie March 1, 2017 at 9:04 am #


  2. Angie Rowland March 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    Shredded Chicken Tacos

    • Missy Piper October 31, 2019 at 9:34 am #

      Any receipes for deer roast?

  3. Sue March 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    Homemade Chili or the BBQ ribs with a can of Rootbeer and 1.5 cups of BBQ sauce during last 1.5 hours.

  4. Dawn March 10, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    How hot does the slow cooker stand get?

    • Christina Petersen May 25, 2017 at 6:44 am #

      Hi Dawn, I’m still new to the electronic side of things but I just found this question and wanted to answer it. It gets pretty hot. I keep mine towards the back of the cabinet so my kids won’t get burned. Mine gets hot enough to burn you but not hot enough to leave a mark (if that makes sense). Please feel free to send me a direct message through my personal site and I would be happy to answer any other questions you have.

  5. Lynne March 14, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    There is a ring that heats up but the entire surface where the control knob is safe!

  6. Carmen bitter March 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    I watch on t.v chef Brad prepare chicken salud he put it inside cut tomatoe, last week where can I get the receipt or buy the book . Thank you for you time. Carmen bitter

    • Sherry hoffman March 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

      Go to the shop site and in search area put in recipes.

    • Christina Petersen May 25, 2017 at 6:47 am #

      Here is a link to our e-cookbooks. you can also search using the search bar at the top of our page. Type in chicken salad and browse through our great recipes.

      • Debi October 5, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

        I didn’t see the link…

  7. Jene March 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Andouille Sausage

    • KK Shoaf November 9, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

      I’m from LA and had I’ll success making my traditional red beans and rice on the rock crock slow cooker, two separate times. Not doing that one again.

  8. Ronna Grounds March 25, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    I’m not sure where to leave a question so I’ll just leave it here I am looking for a gravy slash fat separator I know that Pampered Chef used to have one I don’t know if they still have one if they do can you send me information as to how much and how to go about buying one thank you so much

    • Sandy Harrison October 16, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      Ronna, we still have our #1188 Gravy Separator. You can place individual orders anytime. Or be a host for opportunity to Earn products for FREE, 1/2 price and discounted.

    • Theresa January 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

      Yes we do although someone probably already answered your question. Pampered Chef gravy separator the cost is 29.00 that doesn’t include tax n shipping. It’s guaranteed for 3 years and dish washer safe.

  9. Candy Charters March 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    I made the Garlic Chicken with Cauliflower Mash over the weekend – my husband loved it, but asked me NOT to mash the cauliflower the next time we have it. Easy enough!

  10. Jacquelyn Kampeter March 30, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    Can the slow cooker bags be used in the Rockcroks on the Slow Cooker Stand?

    • Christina Petersen May 25, 2017 at 6:51 am #

      I don’t see why not. Our stone are super easy to clean so I personally don’t but I have never read a reason why they can’t be.

    • Jennie Beecher May 25, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      They are not recommended by our Test Kitchens

  11. Cindy April 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    Love the tips and hacks. I’ve never had a slow cooker but I imagine I could cook Broccoli Cheese soup in it or Minestrone. I’ll bet I’d love those.

  12. Elizabeth A May 8, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Chicken and Dumplings

  13. Michele Carrion May 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Will the 8 at rokcrock for in the slow cooker base?

    • Patricia Sitler October 17, 2017 at 4:39 am #

      Only the Everyday Pan 2.5 QT and Dutch Oven 4 QT on the stand. Not the XL.

  14. Kelly Sibla May 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    I just received the rock crok base. when I used it the first time it was very hot to the touch on the outside. Is that normal? Does not seem like this is safe.

    • Christina Petersen May 25, 2017 at 6:52 am #

      Yes it is normal. I keep mine towards the back of the cabinet and have not had a problem.

      • Jenny Krukar January 3, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        I recently bought a Rock crock and stand and was so excited to slow cook a delicious pork roast. I had on my counter and because the pot sits so high above the base, i didn’t think of the possibility of getting burned. I was reaching for something behind it, and barely touched for a split second and immediately 2nd degree burn. I have never had anything “melt” my skin that quickly. Blistered immediately….. so WARNING to any parents with children! Once burned, twice shy….. which makes me very sad because I truly was so excited about this purchase.

  15. Kristin Herges December 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    I love making Chicken Noodle Soup in my Rockcroc Dutch Oven. I start the veg in butter on the stove, move it to the slow cooker stand and add (boneless, skinless) chicken, broth and seasonings. Leave it for the day to cook on low. Use my salad choppers to cut the chicken in the pot. When I’m close to dinner time, I move it to the stove, bring to a boil, add noodles and fresh parsley and chives. Cook until the (I use frozen egg noodles) noodles are done and serve right after. Yum! My family loves it:)

  16. Don Randles January 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t find anywhere a way to cook chicken breast like crockpot?
    Can it be done & how long to cook ?? Iam disappointed with this thing I don’t want to microwave food or bake or stove top I bought what I thought could be used as a crockpot can I return ?

    • Gina October 18, 2020 at 10:28 am #

      I agree. I am a bit disappointed because I got rid of my other slow cookers and have not been happy with the PC one so far. It does not seem to create enough moisture when cooking, and instead tends to dry out the good unless I have added a lot of liquid.

  17. Lynn Asdell July 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    The 2.5 crock is stuck in the base, any suggestions of how to remove it? I’ve tried oil, ice water…..no luck. To say the least, I’m not a happy camper right now. I was ready to purchase the larger crock, but not sure I want to bother now.

    • Pampered Chef July 30, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Lynn – We’re sad to hear this happened and want to help! Please reach out to our Solution Center at (888) 687-2433 M-F 8AM-8PM.

  18. Diane Jewell November 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

    Can I “roast” Cornish hens in rock crok in slow cooker base? With little or no liquid?

  19. Phyllis Perkovich February 18, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

    I just got the Rockcrok Dutch oven and slow cooker stand. I read in one place where it can go from refrigerator to the slow cooker stand and I’ve also read that you should let it get to room temperature. Will I ruin the Dutch oven if I put it in the slow cooker stand when it’s cold?

  20. Becky May 17, 2020 at 10:39 am #

    I love my Roc Crock Dutch oven and slow cooker stand. I have cooked chicken and noodles, chicken soup, Shepard’s pie, lasagna, and even a cake!! Very versatile and easy to tuck in the fridge when it cools.

  21. Shannon K Denbow October 29, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

    I am confused. I thought this blog post was for recipes for the Rock Crock Everyday pan and Dutch oven as a slow cooker. I recently purchased one, but the recipes received in the little thing was quite a disappointment. It seems for as much money as these are, they would have more recipes and not just soups or casseroles. Are there any recipes for Pork Picnics / Butts, Roasts, etc.
    I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you

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