Do you need to add liquid to a crockpot for pulled pork?
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You definitely need a little liquid -- about a cup of water, beer, stock, or whatever you're using should be enough for a large pork roast.
You do need to add a little to start, but not much and then you will need to strain off a lot of liquid as the cooking continues. This meat is very fatty and moist (and oh soooo delicious) but as a side effect it prodiced an amazing amount of fat. Just enough to cover the bottom of the crock pot is enough, and definately not enough to cover.
I have used everything from a beer, to spock, to a mix including a little Kaluha for Luau style pork. Hard to go wrong. Enjoy.
I agree, you don't need more than 1/4cup water or other liquid in your crockpot with the pork. Do save the juice that renders from the meat (there will be a lot!). Put it in a measuring cup and refridgerate so the fat will rise to the top so that you can remove it easier. Keep the well jelled juice (stock) and use some of it in whatever sauce you will use on the pulled pork. It enhances bbq sauce wonderfully for pork.
NO, you do not. Not if youre doing it right. My wife makes a kahlua (no relation to the alcohol) pork that melts in your mouth and falls off the bone after 12 hours. Her secret?
She rubs the pork with fine red Hawaiian sea salt, about 3/8 of a teaspoon for every pound of meat.
It will draw the juices from the meat and allow it marinate in those same juices and is ABSOLUTELY delicious.
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