Being without a kitchen while we remodel I'm having to get creative about finding/inventing new tastes from my crock pot. This is the most successful invention so far. The kids loved it hot and then ate the leftovers for lunches so fast I hardly got any. LOL I used a 6qt, oval crock pot and 4lbs of meat to feed my large family. If you want to halve the recipe you're on your own about how to cook it because I'm sure it would burn or dry out in a 6qt oval.