10 Perfect Slow Cooker Recipes to Make This Winter

Life's tough, guys. There's work to do, kids to pay, bills to feed, reality television to watch -- it's a wonder how anyone manages to cook on a weeknight anymore!! Allow the slow cooker to be your savior. Here are 10 perfect slow-cooker recipes, because life is never too hectic to throw a bunch of junk in a pot, press a button, and eat something goddamn magically delicious eight hours later.

Chicken wings
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Slow cooking 'em means you won't have to worry if they're still evil and salmonella-ridden like you would when frying. They're also way easier and healthier, though if you're eating wings, health probably shouldn't be your top priority. Get the recipe!

A Crock-Pot classic, but with bourbon. Recipe here.

Lamb stroganoff
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It's not really a set it-and-forget it-type situation, as you have to brown the lamb pieces in a skillet before they go in the slow cooker, but you're also not Ron Popeil so I wouldn't worry about it. Recipe here!

As recipe author Deb says, "You don't need teeth for this brisket." It balances the essential tastes: sweet, salty, and sour. You're gonna want this recipe.

BBQ beer chicken
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Jessica from How Sweet It Is suggests always replacing water with alcohol in recipes like this, which is advice we're pretty okay with. In this case, an amber does just fine.

Tenderloin -- a cut of meat along the spine -- is flavorful to begin with, so time and a few seasonings are enough to make this dish sing. Recipe here!

Carnitas tortilla burrito bowl
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You can't really make the baked tortilla bowls in the Crock-Pot, though. Carnitas aquí

The slow cooker allows these balls to soak up all the flavors of the Buffalo sauce like some kind of exquisite meat sponge. Recipe here

Classic chili
Courtesy of Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Super standard and super easy. That's all there really is to say about this.

This is what Martha made in prison. Recipe here!

Carrie Dennis is an associate editor for Thrillist and only eats every eight hours. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrrieDennnis.