If we had to choose one kitchen appliance to take to a desert island, it would be the slow cooker, no contest. What other tool lets us press a button and come back hours later to a freshly cooked dinner, or handle tough cuts of meat with grace and ease? It comes as no surprise, then, that the slow cooker and basically any cut of pork are a match made in heaven. To prove our point, here are 19 slow-cooker pork recipes that practically make themselves.

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1. Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Let’s start with a classic, shall we? With just ten minutes of prep and the push of a button, you’ll have juicy, savory pulled pork on your plate in no time. (Don’t forget the sandwich fixings.)

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2. Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

Pile everything in the slow cooker before you leave for work and you’ll have dinner waiting for you when you get home.

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3. Slow-Cooker Meal-Prep Burrito Bowls

FYI, your slow cooker can be a key player in your weekly meal-prep strategy. These bowls are full of flavor and super-satisfying, but low on carbs.

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4. Slow-Cooker Lo Mein

It’s just as easy as ordering takeout but a whole lot healthier. This version calls for spaghetti to make it easy, but you could also use udon, ramen or fettuccine.

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5. Slow-Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

It’s sweet, spicy and fall-apart tender. Serve it over a bed of mashed potatoes for full effect.

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6. Pulled Pork Tacos with Avocado Crema

Gaby Dalkin knows that pulled pork goes beyond sandwiches. The avocado crema and quick cabbage slaw are an easy upgrade to these tacos.

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7. Shredded Pork Coconut Curry

FYI, this makes excellent leftovers, that is, if you even have any left over.

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8. Super Easy Slow-Cooker Pork

Thanks to store-bought balsamic dressing, you barely have to lift a finger to make this dish. Keep it in your back pocket for desperate times.

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9. 5-Ingredient Carnitas Soup

You had us at “five ingredients,” and again at “soup.”

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10. Slow-Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin

Everything tastes good when wrapped in bacon. This rosemary- and orange-flavored pork loin is no exception.

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11. Slow-Cooker Pork Tenderloin

When you don’t feel like turning on the oven but you still want something fancy, this easy pork tenderloin is your best friend.

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12. Pozole Rojo

Pozole is a traditional Mexican pork soup—this one has chile peppers that give it its red color and added spice.

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13. Slow-Cooker Sriracha Meatballs

While there’s nothing wrong with red sauce, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up. These Asian-inspired meatballs are sticky, spicy and would be excellent with rice or noodles.

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14. Slow-Cooker Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Salsa

You need something fresh to cut through all that rich, tender meat. This bright, two-ingredient salsa will do the trick.

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15. Braised Pork Roast in Almond Milk

Pork with almond milk sounds crazy, right? It actually works, making a creamy and dairy-free sauce as it tenderizes the meat.

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16. Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwiches

It’s like a Hawaiian pizza and a pulled pork sammie had a delicious, non-polarizing baby.

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17. Irish Pork Stew with Stout and Caraway Seed

Don’t let the whole bone-in thing intimidate you. It thickens the broth, the meat will fall right off when it’s ready and it’s one less step for you to worry about.

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18. Crock-Pot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup with Curry Roasted Acorn Squash

It sounds like a mouthful, and it is…in the best way possible.

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19. Slow-Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Teriyaki Pork

This sweet-savory pork is endlessly versatile: Slice it up, shred it for sandwiches or, our personal favorite, make it into a rice bowl.

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