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Q: HOW LONG FOR ALCHEMY? Crockpot on low for pulled pork...

Thanks to this board, I've made fabulously delicious and easy Carolina pulled pork in a crock pot, 10-12 hours on the low setting with cider vinegar and hot sauce. But today's (oops, not a loin) shoulder is smaller than usual - just over 4 lbs. Will it be done in 6-8 hours? Or does the alchemy take 10-12 hours?

Going on an Italian side trip this time, porchetta style. CIder vinegar with chile flakes, fennel, sage, rosemary, bay, garlic, one star anise pod, maybe lemon zest towards the end...

Thanks in advance, and Happy Memorial Day all!

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  1. OK, I'm assuming for the pulled pork, you used a pork shoulder. No for the porchetta, you say you're using a loin. Totally different cuts that you serve at different temps. Pork shoulder at 190-200 degrees and the loin in the 150-160 range. I'd would guess on low it's going to take in the 4-6 hour range. Loins tend to very lead--except on the outside. I'd check the temp after 4.

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    1. re: hankstramm

      oops - my mistake - shoulder in both instances.
      thx for the tips, both of you!

      "Loins tend to very lead--except on the outside." What do you mean? loins are lean?

      1. re: pitu

        Exactly. They tend to be really lean except on the outside where there's fat...

    2. HI Pitu... We made a 4 lb boneless pork shoulder yesterday and it was done in 8.5 hrs. ...on low. I think my slow cooker cooks hot, so I say check the meat at 7.5 hrs. and go from there. Happy Eating!

      1. Well, the pork shoulder roast is "cooked" after 8 hours on the low setting, but has not started to breakdown to the Pulled staged at all. 10-12 it is! Good thing I don't need it until Monday...

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        1. re: pitu

          Oh Pitu - I'm so very surprised. I've never had to cook this piece of meat longer than 8 hours. 9 hours here would have made it mush. I'm so glad you have time to finish.

          1. re: Gio

            I just check it at 10 hours - some bits were ready, but not the bulk. The Low setting is indeed Low.

            And it's not on Warm, I checked.
            : )

            1. re: pitu

              Gosh... How many pounds IS that roast anyway?? Also, What size is your slow cooker? Most directions state that the meat and other ingredients should take up about to 3/4 of the cooker for efficient cooking. DId you turn over the meat or otherwise stir a bit during the cooking? We always do.

              1. re: Gio

                interesting -- it's a pretty large cooker - more like a double wide, although not as big as some crock pots I've seen - probably too big for the 4 1/2 lbs of meat.
                thx Gio!

                Did indeed stir and flip.

                1. re: pitu

                  Well, thanks for replying, Pitu, and I wish you happy eating when this is all over. Slow cooking is meant to be care free but I suspect, like most things in this world, it ain't not. (^_^)