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I have a 3.5 qt. crockpot and I'd like to make some crockpot pulled pork (as part of my "use your crockpot campaign). Given the smallish size of the slow cooker, I'm wondering how small my pork shoulder needs to be. Most of the recipes never state the size of the crockpot used. TIA.

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  1. I think as long as it fits inside and the lid goes on properly, you are set. Perhaps the lid should not touch the meat, even if it closes all the way. ??

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    1. re: Old E.

      I agree with Old E. If it fits and moisture can circulate over the top, you're fine.

    2. A crockpot is supposed to be 1/2 to 3/4 full usually and you don't ever want the meat touching the lid.

      I have an older crockpot and used to make pulled pork. It didn't have any trouble holding an entire boston butt.

      My recipe was pretty simple and I am sure there are better ones. I would put a boston butt in the crockpot and pour in a 16 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce and set it on low for 8-10 hours.

      I would then shred all the pork and discard the fat, bone and barbecue sauce. I suppose I could have defatted the sauce and used it but I didn't. I stored the shredded pork like that and when I needed a pork sandwich I would mix bbq sauce and some meat.

      A possible improvement would be a spice rub.

      If you are going to use a shoulder, I think you could just cut it into pieces if you have trouble fitting it into the pot. Just try not to fill it too much more than 3/4 full.

      I would think you could compare the shoulder roast in size with a boston butt and not go terribly wrong.

      1. I would cut up the shoulder if it doesn't fit and save the rest in the freezer for another week.

        1. I use my crockpot all the time without a lid if I have a piece of meat that is a little larger than will fit with the lid. I cooked a pork shoulder in mine to which I covered it in parchment paper then heavy duty foil wrap. I cooked it for the same amount of time I would if I had the lid on; the heat stayed in and the pork was nice & juicy.