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Slow cooked pork advice required!

stevecross Jul 31, 2013 12:38 AM

Hey there, i'm doing a pulled pork today (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-coo...) and need some advice as its my first time (that sounds wrong...) Anyhow! I thought that pork dried out really easy so should the pork be submerged in the liquid or should I just drizzle it as it says. I'm probably going to put some onions in there too for flavouring as well as a rub of salt, pepper and garlic. But any advice would be most welcome!

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    stevecross RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 01:11 AM

    Also should I cook the tenderloin at all before putting it in the slow cooker? As you can tell I really don't have a clue with this.

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      C. Hamster RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 05:33 AM

      Never slow cook pork tenderloin!!!!

      You'll ruin it.

      Tenderloin needs quick high heat.

      Pulled pork is generally made from pork shoulder.

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        mels RE: C. Hamster Jul 31, 2013 06:03 AM

        I agree with C. Hamster. You want fatty cuts of meat with lots of connective tissue that benefit from a long braise (pork shoulder, aka pork butt, aka Boston butt) not the lean pork cuts like tenderloin. The lean cuts will be like sawdust by the time you're done.

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: mels Jul 31, 2013 06:45 AM

          Actually shoulder and boston butt are not the same cut. Shoulder is bottom half of shoulder, boston butt is top portion of shoulder and the wonderful neck.

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            stevecross RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 31, 2013 08:15 AM

            Last time I did it I had no problems with a tenderloin, sadly folks I don't live in the US, I live in the UK so its actually harder to get the cuts of meat you're talking about.

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              miss_belle RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 08:37 AM

              I've cooked a pork tenderloin in the slow cooker with onions, garlic, white wine and a little BBQ sauce. I thought it turned out pretty good myself. I have to say the root beer in your recipe sounds interesting..

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                C. Hamster RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 08:39 AM

                A tenderloin is so lean that it will totally dry out in a slow cooker. Like chicken breasts will.

                But if you use enough sauce, you may not notice how dry it is.

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                  BernalKC RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 01:41 PM

                  Interesting that you use different names. According to Wikipedia, our "Boston butt" would be your "pork shoulder on the bone" - and in my experience with slow cooked pork, having it on the bone is less important than getting a cut with the skin still on. Of course, the most important thing is to get a nice, fatty cut of the shoulder. Slow cooking with the skin-side up ensures that the whole cut remains steeped in slowly reducing fat.

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          Erika RollerGirl RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 04:55 AM

          This recipe is calling for a fairly decent amount of liquid (1 bottle of beer and a bottle of sauce), you should be fine, especially with the onions added. I would also tend to think it would depend on how fatty your pork shoulder is. Generally it's got enough fat to keep it extremely moist in the slow cooker with a little liquid and onions added.

          Oh and no, don't cook your pork beforehand, there's no reason to do so if it's going to be pulled.

          Edit: Yikes, I didn't notice you were using a tenderloin. Don't do that. I agree with the above, only use fatty cuts or you will end up with a disaster.

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            Burghfeeder RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 06:26 AM

            I've always used a butt/shoulder for pulled pork so my initial reaction would be to never use tenderloin, until I read that recipe. It has a couple of thousand great reviews. Heck, try it the way they say! Just do us a favor and let us know how it turned out.


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              GretchenS RE: Burghfeeder Jul 31, 2013 08:30 AM

              Have to echo everything that Burghfeeder says.

            2. YAYME RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 07:48 AM

              I always brine my pork first,that helps I think.

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                ospreycove RE: stevecross Jul 31, 2013 08:01 AM

                If you follow the basic recipe below by David Chang, just follow the technique of roasting, you will get the best slow cooked pork shoulder ever.

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