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Old 08-13-2010, 11:17 AM   #11
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Here is another vote for a slow cooker based on what you are looking to accomplish joegambler.
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:29 AM   #12
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Yup, a slow-cooker in this case, although we do love our PC.

The only time I've seen advice about browning meat before putting it in a slow-cooker is with ground beef. Apparently, it is less than appetizing otherwise. But for all other types, while browning may be recommended in some recipes, it is not essential. And with the increased temps in the newer cookers, any concerns about safety are even less applicable. The only thing I will never do is start with frozen meat or poultry, although I know that many do this.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:27 PM   #13
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Ihave used a crockpot for many years ...Iwould like to know if a crockpot can be used as a slow cooker without adding liquid to the pot i am looking for moist tender country ribs without cooking the ribs in the liquid.and yet still be mouth watering tender
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:01 AM   #14
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Ihave used a crockpot for many years ...Iwould like to know if a crockpot can be used as a slow cooker without adding liquid to the pot i am looking for moist tender country ribs without cooking the ribs in the liquid.and yet still be mouth watering tender
Yes. I've cooked a whole chicken without any added liquid, and it's been perfect. Rather difficult to lift out without falling to pieces though!

I also cook meatloaf in my crockpot, but in that case I do put about 1cm of water in the bottom before placing the shaped meatloaf in.

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Old 08-15-2010, 03:24 PM   #15
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I cooked short ribs once from a recipe in a slow-cooker cookbook. I was skeptical because I didn't think it called for enough liquid. I should have trusted my instincts -- I had a burnt mess on my hands and an almost ruined slow-cooker.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:46 PM   #16
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Ihave used a crockpot for many years ...Iwould like to know if a crockpot can be used as a slow cooker without adding liquid to the pot i am looking for moist tender country ribs without cooking the ribs in the liquid.and yet still be mouth watering tender
If the meat is fatty enough, you certainly can cook without liquid. I do my Kaluha Pig (pork shoulder) in a crockpot without a drop of added liquid.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:41 PM   #17
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thank you ladies...i put the ribs in a bowl .little olive oil salt/pepper/garlic worcestershire..tossed browned them ..put a small cup in the pot layed my grate on top put the ribs on the grate..layed slice lemon on top
1/2 cup apple juice..deglazed my frying pan .poured that on top..on med at 10am will take them off about 4...and so it goes
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:14 AM   #18
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I like a slow cooker and use it a lot. Once recipe called for browning the meat first and I did it according to the recipe but we didn't like it.
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