The slow cooker has to be one of the best kitchen inventions ever created. You can throw all your ingredients in the pot, turn it on and walk away -- for hours. You could even leave for work. Then when you get home, not only does your kitchen smell amazing, all you have to do to get dinner on the table is grab a spoon and ladle it onto serving plates. You couldn't ask for an easier dinner.
What's especially wonderful about the slow cooker is that you can use the same meat each night of the week, but the spices, stocks and juices that you use will create a completely different dinner each of those nights. Adding beef stocks and barbecue sauce will make a delicious barbecued pulled beef while adding soy sauce and brown sugar will turn the same piece of meat into a delectable Asian meal. That's what Real Simple has done here and the result is pure joy. Add some rice and you have a spectacular meal that you could find in any Asian restaurant.
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