I use the crock pot all the time. I just get it set up before work and plug it in and come home to a home smelling of dinner! I put in a pork roast or chicken breasts quite a bit. I just set the meat in the bottom and season.When I arrive home I pour off the juice and shred the meat with a fork. Then I pour a bit of barbecue sauce over it and mix up. It's great with a side salad and or a veg. The kids usually like it on rolls. The fix it and forget it cook book is also a great book to get you started.