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Old 09-14-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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I can't get my pork shoulder to shred

I am making enchiladas.... so I put a pork butt in the crock pot this morning... its been in there for 9 hours and it is still really firm. I have this problem with pot roast too!!! Everyone says that it is impossible to screw up corckpot cooking but I seem to find a way to fail everytime.

Is there anythiing that I can do to salvage my enchilda meat??


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Old 09-14-2011, 06:20 PM   #2
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What is the internal temp?

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Old 09-14-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
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Not tonight. Back in the slow cooker and cook it more. If this is a consistent problem, it may be your equipment.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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it was 180 when i checked a couple hours ago
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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that is the low setting.... would turning it to high do anything???
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:18 PM   #6
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I haven't done pork shoulder in the crockpot when it goes in the pit I like to cook to 190+ internal. I plan 1.5 hours per pound of shoulder. Unless your shoulder was small 9 hours may just not been enough.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:37 PM   #7
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I agree. My little roasts seem really hard after smoking, but when I leave them all day or overnight in the CP, they shred up just fine. I would leave the setting on low, just cook it longer.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:52 AM   #8
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i always do my crock pot pork shoulders on high.

usually takes about 4 hours.

i would add a little liquid and crank it up to high.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:38 AM   #9
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Try it in the oven or electric roaster.

First thing in the morning, preheat your oven or roaster to 225. Wrap the shoulder cut in foil, fatty side up. If going in the oven, put it in a pan to catch the juices. By dinner time, I guarantee it will be falling apart tender and juicy.
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:18 PM   #10
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I never like cooking in the crockpot for this reason. It takes many many hours to get meat to the point of shreading; it must be very very tender. The oven does wonders when cooking meat to a very tender stage. Put it in a heavy roaster with a little water cover it and cook until it falls apart. Depending on the size it should only take a couple of hours.

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