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Old 09-24-2015, 03:38 AM   #1
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Crock-pot's too short

I have a crock pot that's not big enough for a pork shoulder. I can put the shoulder in the pot, but the lid won't close up. I'm wondering what would happen if I put a lot of aluminum foil over the whole thing and poke a few holes in the top to prevent condensation from getting everywhere.

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Old 09-24-2015, 04:48 AM   #2
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That might work, but if you're going to be making a bunch of big things like that in the future, I think I'd get a bigger crockpot.

I did that too, many years ago. It was okay and it worked, but the next day I went out and bought a much bigger crockpot for things like this. I ended up with four crockpots, ideally suited to whatever I was cooking.

Foil's okay but try to keep that space between the lid and the base sealed as much as possible. And check for drying; you might have to turn it during cooking a few times to keep it from drying out.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:26 AM   #3
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Just roast it in the oven, low and slow. I've made pork shoulder this way many times and it always comes out perfect.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:33 AM   #4
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Just roast it in the oven, low and slow. I've made pork shoulder this way many times and it always comes out perfect.
Yup.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:07 AM   #5
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Just roast it in the oven, low and slow. I've made pork shoulder this way many times and it always comes out perfect.
This is what I'd do. Put it in the oven in a covered pot or dutch oven (or wrapped in foil) at about 250F to 275 F (121C to 133C) for 5 or 6 hours.

Then if you think you'll actually need it, buy a larger crock pot before the next time.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:07 AM   #6
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I use the oven too. Works great.

However, if you want to use the slow cooker, you cold cut the meat into two or three pieces so it will fit better.
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This is what I'd do. Put it in the oven in a covered pot or dutch oven (or wrapped in foil) at about 250F to 275 F (121C to 133C) for 5 or 6 hours.

Then if you think you'll actually need it, buy a larger crock pot before the next time.
I like to cook it uncovered at 225F-250F so you get a nice bark on it.
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Larger crockpot or cut it in two.
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:21 PM   #9
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I like to cook it uncovered at 225F-250F so you get a nice bark on it.
I figured that they wanted to duplicate the crock pot experience and that doesn't include any bark.
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I figured that they wanted to duplicate the crock pot experience and that doesn't include any bark.

Good point.
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