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Dutch Oven that will fit 4lb Pork Shoulder

fingermark Nov 26, 2010 06:55 PM

I've never used a dutch oven before. I have a few questions for those with experience cooking a pork shoulder in a dutch oven.

1) Will the 4lb pork shoulder fit in a 7 quart round dutch oven?

2) This particular recipe calls for cooking it in a roasting pan and covered with foil. Will I get similar results with the dutch oven? It's basically a pulled pork recipe.

3) I plan on using this dutch oven for the pork shoulder and stews. I usually just cook for 2, but want to be able to fit the 4lb pork shoulder. Is this the one I should get: Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Ovens?


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  1. Jay F RE: fingermark Nov 27, 2010 06:06 AM

    I think a 7.25 qt. Le Creuset would work for a 4# pork shoulder. It was my first thought, at least. What else goes in it besides the pork?

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      blondelle RE: fingermark Nov 27, 2010 06:29 AM

      You might be able to get away with the 5.5 size. This recipe shows a 3.5 lb.pork roast with room around it for the pears. It looks delicious! I think it's a better size for day to day cooking for 2.


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        Jay F RE: blondelle Nov 27, 2010 11:24 AM

        Agreed on the day-to-day for two cooking.

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        bigdnotemeril RE: fingermark Nov 27, 2010 01:15 PM

        A 7;1/4 qt. should be fine if your cooking a 4# butt roast thats not too tall to get the lid on. Otherwise do you have ample storage space for a such a large expensive oven. If not go with a roasting pan. Just brown the pork on a grill if available.

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          hikinged RE: fingermark Nov 27, 2010 01:23 PM

          I can fit a 5# roast and root veggies in my 5 Qt. DO, so you should have not any problems with what you're considering. That recipe from WS looks great.

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            ThreeGigs RE: fingermark Nov 27, 2010 03:11 PM

            16 ounces of meat is roughly one pint. So one quart is two pounds, and your 4 lb. roast should take up about 2 quarts.

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