Originally Posted by Randy_
Who can sort out this conundrum for me? I just read something very similar to the above in the "JOY" cookbook; but Alton Brown's recipe says to simmer for 6-8 hours. So who is correct??
Two hours or eight hours???
Look again at the recipe in Joy
and you'll see it's closer to 4 hours than 1-2 (about 30-mins to bring the pot to a simmer, 30-mins to simmer the meat and bones and skim the scum before adding the aromatics, then 3 hours additional simmering). And, that is starting with 2-quarts of water. Alton Brown's recipe starts with 2-GALLONS of water so it is only natural that it would take longer to reduce by half at a simmer.