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Your Slow-Cooker is the Secret to Great Barbecue

You don’t need to stand by a searing, wood-chip barbecue for hours to make a perfect, smoky, meaty meal

Properly barbecuing meat takes time, attention, preparation, and dedication. To cook a barbecue feast you need to set aside at least a day to be at home, making sure your barbecue is burning at a low and consistent temperature, so that the meat cooks and tenderizes perfectly.

However, you no longer have to hover over your charcoal and wood-chip-filled grill for 12 hours at a time: Copy our cheat’s method to make tasty, moist, juicy, flavor-packed barbecue, entirely in your slow-cooker.

Your Slow-Cooker is the Secret to Great Barbecue (Slideshow)

Your slow-cooker is the perfect barbecue replacement: It automatically stays at a steady temperature, you don’t need to keep an eye on it, it can cook your meat more quickly than the traditional barbecuing method, and it doesn’t require you to have any specialized barbecuing techniques, equipment, or knowledge. Simply coat your meat in those sweet and smoky flavors, and leave it to simmer away for hours until it is tender, melting off the bone, and ready to be eaten with piles of cornbread, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese.

For a complete guide to grilling and barbecuing, click here.

Make sure you use your slow-cooker to its fullest potential, and avoid turning the oven on in the heat of summer, by making your sides in this trusty piece of kitchen equipment, too. Grits, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and even smoky, homemade tomato ketchup can all be created using your slow-cooker, for the ultimate barbecue-free barbecue.

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