Averted a slow cooker fail

Feathers11

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.

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Jasdip

Wow, good thing you checked!!!

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plllog

It should be fine. Lucky it's for tacos. If it isn't quite as done as you want, you can cut slabs and finish them some liquid in a frying pan or oven before shredding it. But it'll probably be just fine!

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nancyjane_gardener

While DH and I were being married, we buried a leg of beef into a pit and a neighbor was supposed to be watching it! The soil cracked, letting air into the BBQ pit!

Thankfully, one of our guests was a butcher and was able to cut away any spoiled meat! No one died and we also had a BBQ'd goat!

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bragu_DSM 5

ah, nothing like a good, mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich...


*billy crystal princess bride moment*

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arkansas girl

How did it turn out? 7 lbs is huge for a slow cooker! I've put a pork butt in the slow cooker that was maybe 3 lbs and it took all day to get tender enough to pull! I can't imagine that 7 lbs would be done in time for the super bowl!

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Feathers11

It turned out well! The last 4 hours were on high (we ate at halftime) with the towel over the lid to help insulate it. My cooker is oval and 7 lbs fit when strategically arranged. I had 2 roasts and cut up one to piece around the other.

The meat was tender and pulled apart with a fork. I followed this recipe. Doubled the ingredients. After the roast was shredded, I simply placed it on a sheet pan under the broiler to crisp up one side (as opposed to frying batches per the recipe). The flavors seem simple but they're perfect for pork tacos if some in the crowd do not like anything too spicy. The taco fixings supplied the extra flavor for those who wanted it. Everyone liked it. My family, in particular, would be brutally honest if it weren't good.

ETA Nancyjane now that would have sent me over the edge!

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arkansas girl

Thanks for the update/follow-up! I'll check out that recipe.

ETA: That recipe looks out of this world...YUM!

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