heres a hint for you...bake your potatoes in your crock pot. if you are going to barbecue later in the day., put your taters in the crock in the morning over a plate, add bacon and spices to some water in the bottom..make sure taters DONT touch the water. also you can cut the taters in half, season, insert bacon slice, wrap back together with foil, and place in crock..cover with more foil and lid, set temp on llow and cook all day without worrying about them. They taste like they were on the fire but werent! if you really like em smokey, add liquid smoke to the water in the bottom...use about an inch of water for a full 6 qt crock pot.