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Dutch Oven that will fit 4lb Pork Shoulder

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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?

Thanks,
Bradford

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  1. 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?

    1. 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.

      http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe...

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      1. re: blondelle

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.