Averted a slow cooker fail
This morning I put about 7 lbs of pork shoulder into my slow cooker for Super Bowl pork tacos. Placed the slow cooker on the workbench in the garage and walked away. A few hours ago, I checked on it to discover the pork had expanded and the tip of the roast had pushed the lid open, releasing heat and steam and disrupting the cooking process. I have no idea how long it was like that. Given the timeframe, I thought about bringing it in and finishing the cooking in the convection oven to speed things up. But instead I rearranged the meat, reset the cooker on high, and placed a heavy towel over the top. I just checked it (without removing the lid!) and it's cooking again. This wouldn't work with a less-forgiving meat.