Save time in the kitchen this Independence Day and make these incredible 4th of July Slow Cooker Recipes. We’ve got easy main dishes and tasty side dish recipes to feed a crowd.
While grilling is a popular choice for Independence Day (cue the hot dogs), your slow cooker can be your secret weapon in creating mouthwatering dishes without the hassle or time in front of a hot stove or grill.
We can’t wait to share some tantalizing summer slow cooker recipes that are perfect for your 4th of July gathering (or Memorial Day, for that matter). From pulled pork sliders to barbecue chicken, these recipes will delight guests while allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the festivities.
From American classics like BBQ Ribs to sweet treats like Peach Cobbler and Apple Cake with granny smith apples, you’ll find something for your whole family with these great recipes. One of our favorites is slow-cooked baked beans. With a hint of brown sugar, they're an excellent side dish that never disappoints party guests.
So utilize your crock pot! You can get delicious mains, side dishes, and desserts without spending time in a hot kitchen.
Make one of these incredible Patriotic No-Bake Desserts to serve alongside your crock pot favorites!
Why You’ll Love These July 4th Slow Cooker Recipes
- BIG BATCH COOKING. These delicious recipes feed a crowd so well. Plenty of flavor and food to go around!
- VARIETY. From 4th of July appetizers to your main course, these recipes have you covered.
- BUDGET-FRIENDLY. Crock Pots are not only economical to use, but they’re great for making the most of budget ingredients like cheaper cuts of meat. They cook low and slow, so they come out tender and flavorful.
Why Use Your Slow Cooker for 4th of July Cooking
- TO SAVE TIME. Since your crock pot is a set-it-and-forget-it kitchen appliance, you can use your time to enjoy your guests at your backyard barbecue.
- LESS MESS. You'll use fewer pots and pans and serving dishes when cooking with your crock pot.
- THE WARM SETTING. Slow cookers can keep food at the correct temperature, so food safety isn’t an issue while enjoying a fun day.
Make your 4th of July celebration easier and more delicious with these incredible slow cooker recipes! Happy Fourth of July!
Main Dish Ideas
Here are some of the best main dish Fourth of July recipes you can make in your slow cooker. They're hearty and perfect if you want to make sliders to serve right from your crock!
4th of July Slow Cooker Side Dish Ideas
These slow cooker side dishes are not only delicious but also convenient for your 4th of July BBQ. The slow cooker allows you to prep in advance and frees up your time to enjoy the festivities while still delivering flavorful and crowd-pleasing dishes. Also, see our amazing Creamed Corn Recipe below!
4th of July Slow Cooker Appetizers
4th of July celebrations call for tasty and convenient appetizers, and using a slow cooker can make the preparation a breeze. Here are some delicious slow cooker appetizer ideas to elevate your Independence Day gathering.
Here are some of the best sweet 4th of July recipes because they cook while you enjoy the festivities. Once it's time for dessert, they're ready to go!
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
- 6-quart Slow Cooker
- 32 ounces frozen corn
- 8 ounces cream cheese (one block cut into 1-inch cubes)
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup butter (½ stick) (cut into small pieces)
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or more to your liking)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (be careful not to over salt)
- In a slow cooker, combine frozen corn, cubed cream cheese, heavy cream, butter pieces, and sugar in a slow cooker—season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover with the lids and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or HIGH for 2 to 4 hours. Stir and then let the corn stand for a few minutes, either with the heat off or on the "warm" setting, to give the sauce time to set.
- You can double the recipe to feed a large crowd.
- If you're around while this cooks, stir the corn once during the second half of cooking to prevent a crust from forming around the edge, and fold the partially melted cream cheese and butter into the corn.
- STORAGE: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.