I made pork ribs in the crock pot using a dry rub 1st & 15 min. A side at 400 degrees in the oven before starting the cooker. OMG. Fabulous. My husband & I are sort of foodies and my lack of energy is a big kitchen drawback. Since I had such great luck with this does anyone have some good crock pot stories, blogs, web site, recipes to share? I also have a very good crock pot rice pudding recipe I'll post as soon as I can. It's great for a sweet tooth for those of us who haven't completely kicked the sugar habit.