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Crock pot cooking time for 5 lb bone-in pork shoulder?

I have a 5 lb bone-in pork shoulder that I want to use for pulled pork tacos. I put it in the crock pot at noon & need for it to be done around 6. Is 6 hours on high enough time? Also, do I need to put any liquid in the crock pot with it? (I rubbed it with spices and topped with garlic and onions.)

asked by Hollie O'Connor over 1 year ago

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pierino
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added over 1 year ago

Yes you will need liquid, maybe two cups. What you are really doing is a braise. After that it depends on your slow cooker. 6 hours should be enough even on a lower setting.

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Hollie O'Connor
added over 1 year ago

I have water, beef broth, and lime juice... Will any of those work?

lilroseglow
added over 1 year ago

I think you'd want very little added liquid because the pork will give off a lot on it's own. As for cooking time, it really depends on a number of unknown variables - your crock pot, shape of the meat, size of the bone. Generally, a high setting is about 250 degrees. I think 6 hours at 250 is a minimum if you want to have fall apart tender meat in which the collagen has broken down and fat has melted. I usually cook my pork shoulder overnight in the oven at about 250, so 8-9 hours. On the positive side, pork shoulder is a pretty forgiving cut of meat and its hard to mess up.

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Hollie O'Connor
added over 1 year ago

Thanks! I don't think I'll add liquid afterall. I could maybe cook the meat an additional hour. We'll see where it's at around 6....

Susan W
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added over 1 year ago

No need to add liquid. The slow cooker and roast will create its own. You could scatter some onions if you have some, but not necessary. Six hours may not be enough time. I always cook roasts on low. The last pork shoulder I did took 14 hours on low. That would probably translate to 7-9 on high. All slow cookers cook at different temperatures, so it's difficult to say how yours will perform.

Here's one of my favorite pork shoulder recipes to give you some guidelines. You may need to take it out of the slow cooker, cut it into chunks and finish braising it on your stovetop.

http://nomnompaleo.com...

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Hollie O'Connor
added over 1 year ago

Thanks so much!

Susan W
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added over 1 year ago

Definitely don't add liquid. It simply isn't needed or desirable for roasts in a slow cooker.

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pierino
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added over 1 year ago

But if you want the meat falling off that bone as in pulled pork....
Also that liquid can be strained and turned into a flavorful sauce..

Susan W
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added over 1 year ago

Pierino, adding no liquid doesn't prevent falling off the bone. Slow cookers create their own liquid and when making pulled pork, you end up with the perfect amount of liquid to moisten the meat. I promise.

Hollie O'Connor
added over 1 year ago

I didn't add any liquid and ended up with about 2 - 2.5 inches of liquid in the bottom of my slow cooker by the end of 6 hours. The meat was really tender and cooked through! However, even though I rubbed it with a generous amount of spices and salt, they seemed to have disappeared by the time the pork was done. I seasoned the shredded pork again and poured some salsa into it to bring it back to life. All and all, everyone ate and complimented the tacos, so I'd say it was a success!

Susan W
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added over 1 year ago

Hollis, that's great news. Because pork shoulders are so dense with meat, you really need to lay it on thick. Not too thick with the salt or you won't be able to use the juice. The dripping of condensation also washes some off the spices off. Glad it turned out well and thanks for reporting back!