Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Ever order French onion soup at a recipe only to get a bowl with so much cheese you can’t tell whether you ordered soup or a grilled cheese sandwich? Yeah, me too. That’s why I love to make slow cooker French onion soup at home. I can control the cheese. I like mine on top of lightly crusted sliced baguettes. Like crunchy cheese croutons. Perfect on a cold day, this soup is packed with fantastic onion flavor.
Slow Cooker French Onion SoupI like to add a bit of beef base to my slow cooker French onion soup to give it just a bit more beefy flavor. Although it’s completely optional if you use a good homemade beef broth. I felt it could use a little help in the beefiness flavor department.

Also try my slow cooker spicy kielbasa cabbage soup.

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 9 hours
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large yellow onions sliced thin, rings separated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup cooking sherry
  • 7 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon beef base optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 slices of French bread or 16 slices of a thin baguette
  • A mix of shredded Gruyere Emmental, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and saute about 10 minutes or until translucent, stirring often.
  • Sprinkle with the sugar, stir and reduce heat to medium. Cook 30-40 minutes or until soft and lightly caramelized.
  • Add the garlic, stir and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in the sherry and cook until evaporated, stirring and scraping up any yummy bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Transfer the onions to a lightly greased slow cooker on low.
  • Stir in the broth, beef base, salt, thyme and bay leave.
  • Cover and cook 8 hours.
  • Place bread pieces under the broiler to get lightly browned. Sprinkle with cheese and place back under the broiler until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve soup in bowls topped with a slice of the cheese bread (or 2 slices if using a small baguette).

Slow Cooker Cheeseburgers

I really wasn’t expecting these slow cooker cheeseburgers to be all that great. Would I get that great cheeseburger taste?  Would they leave me hankering for the real thing instead? I have to admit that I loved them! I thought there were great. Kind of like Sloppy Joes, but they taste just like cheeseburgers. On a cold day they hit the spot and then some. A little ketchup, a little mustard, and a few pickle slices and I was a happy guy!
Slow Cooker CheeseburgersSlow cooker cheeseburgers made for the perfect make-and-forget meal. I just tossed all the ingredients into my crockpot at lunch time and by dinner time everything was ready! Just warm some buns and you’ve got dinner!

I used ‘plain ole’ Velveeta for my cheeseburgers. For a change you can use Kraft’s Mexican- or Jalapeno-flavored Velveeta.

Slow Cooker Cheeseburgers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the burger meat

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced divided
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cubed
  • 1 large onion chopped

For the sandwiches

  • 8-10 burger rolls if you use small buns you can get more servings
  • Dill pickle slices
  • Mustard and ketchup

Instructions

For the burger meat

  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet and season well with salt and pepper. Cook until browned..
  • Add 1 clove of the minced garlic, stir and cook another minute. Drain well and transfer to a slow cooker set to low.
  • Add the remaining garlic, Velveeta and onion.
  • Cover and cook on low 6 hours, stirring occasionally. If mixture gets too thick add a bit of milk or water and stir.

For the sandwiches

  • Toast buns if, desired.
  • Divide meat mixture between buns. Add pickle slices and a couple of good skirts of ketchup and mustard. Serve with plenty of napkins!

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

I know my buddies on the grilling and smoker forums are going to give me grief over making slow cooker baby back ribs. But I am always up to trying something new (to me). Now, yes, I know these baby back ribs don’t sit in a smoker for 6 or so hours and get a beautiful smoke ring. But, they are tender, almost fall-off-the-bone tender, and with a little help, quite tasty. And hey, when it’s blowing 45 MPH winds outside with a wind chill well below 0, slow cooker baby back ribs will do just nicely.
Slow Cooker Baby Back RibsLike with boiling ribs (ok, don’t hate me for boiling ribs!) before grilling them, you have to add something so that the ribs get some flavor to them. Last time I boiled ribs, I added Old Bay seafood boil seasoning. When I made these baby back ribs I added a drop or two of liquid smoke and a little smoky BBQ sauce to boot. Sure, it’s not the same as sitting over hickory smoke for a long time, but those smoky flavors do absorb into the meat as it cooks.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 3 -4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds baby back ribs trimmed of any excess fat
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A few drops of liquid smoke optional
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce I recommend a smoky Hickory BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

  • Separate the ribs into sections, 2-3 bones each.
  • Season the ribs on both sides with plenty of salt and pepper. Don't be shy.
  • Add the water to the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of the BBQ sauce.
  • Add the ribs. Top with the onion and sprinkle with the garlic.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Remove ribs, discarding the onion.
  • Coat ribs in BBQ sauce on all sides.
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has set.