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    Slow Cooker Boston Butt

    Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:06 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm making a 10lb boston butt and rather than smoking it I want to do it in a slow cooker, my question is how long should i figure the cook to be? I will be making pulled pork with the finished product. Thanks in advance!

    Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:19 pm
    Forum Host
    Will it fit in your slow cooker. When I had just my little 3 1/2 quart slow cooker, I could manage to get a 4 lb butt into it, but would have to cover with a double layer of aluminum foil. I'd let it go for 12 hours to get to a stage that it was shreddable. Using a 5 qt crockpot, I can get it done in about 8 hours.

    So, it's going to depend on how "full" your crock is. I would think you woul probably need 12 or 14 hours regardless, more if the crockpot is a bit small for the roast.

    Remember pulled pork freezes or refrigerates really well, so you could easily do this a day or so ahead of time, and then leave the last couple of hours for sauces to meld on the day that you need it.

    Red may have a better feel for that large piece of meat, with just two of us I really don't cook that much food any longer.
    Red Apple Guy
    Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:43 pm
    Forum Host
    Hey Justin, welcome to the forum.
    A 10 lb shoulder is roughly 5 quarts and with the shape of the roast, you might need an 8 to 10 quart crock.
    I'll suggest something I do with my smoker. I often divide the roast in half. It cooks much faster and has twice the bark on a smoker (not so much a factor with a crock pot). You could do that and use two slow cookers if you don't have a very large cooker or roaster. If you use two cookers, the time should be 8 to 9 hours on low. See Crock-Pot Boston Butt Shoulder for Pulled Pork.

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