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Pork butt roast: slicing temp vs pulling temp

At internal temp of 170F, will the pork butt slices be very tender and moist or should one continue to higher temp closer to pulled of 195F to achieve?
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Pulled pork cooking time

I have always made pulled pork with the shoulder, but this time I want to make it with the leg of pork. Will turn out dry, does it need less cooking time?
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Serving a Whole Pig

I ordered a roast whole pig from a local meat market. They've told me that when I pick it up, it'll be fully cooked and in a foil lined box. My concern is what do I do from there? Is there going to be ...
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Filtering home-rendered lard

I recently rendered some lard at home from some pork fat I bought from a nearby Mexican grocery store (Mi Pueblo in San Jose). The lard is delicious and I'm glad I made it, but I wish I knew how best ...
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If you don't cure a ham and just brine it, is it just considered a pork roast?

I brined a ham over night and then slow baked it. Then topped with an apricot honey glaze. It looked and tasted just like pork tenderloin and was white meat and not pink. I know curing it gives it a ...
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Smoked ham roast: what do I do with it?

My girlfriend's parents recently gave us a bunch of pork from my girlfriend's grandpa's farm. The bacon and sausage we know what to do with but there's also a hunk of meat labeled "smoked ham roast" ...
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Rendered pork fat vs lard vs bacon fat?

What is the difference between "rendered pork fat", lard, and bacon fat? I've seen lots of references to rendered pork fat in the Momofuku cookbook, references to lard in one of my Schezuan cookbooks,...
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Preparing pork belly: Odd barn yard flavor

This might be a very silly question, but I'm sort a pork newbie. Anyway, I recently went to the butchers and bought a big slab of pork belly, to make crackling. Immediately, I noticed it had a very "...
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Pork Sirloin vs Chump

I'm trying to become more proficient in my understanding of pork cuts. I've heard of the "chump" (mostly from Brits) and pork sirloin. They both seem to come from roughly the same place on the pig ...
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When cooking pulled pork in a slow cooker, should the meat be submerged in liquid? [duplicate]

I am making pulled pork in my slow cooker this week. I am going to use a pork shoulder and am planning on cooking it on low for 8-10 hours while at work. How much liquid should I put in the slow ...
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Tenderness of sous-vide pork chops

I made some sous vide pork chops this week that didn't turn out as tender as I expected. They were about as tender as when I grill them; maybe a little bit worse. I had marinated them overnight in a ...
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Hot pink spots on surface of ham steak

I bought a frozen ham steak (natural pork from local farm/meat processor), and noticed when I went to cook it that there is a bit of very bright, hot pink on the surface. Is this safe?
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Substitution for beef (veal) in a stew

I have a recipe for an Italian stew that is pretty much just caramelized onions and juice from tomatoes plus veal. My partner does not eat veal so we've substituted stewing beef to good effect, ...
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Pulled pork - interrupted cooking in oven?

I'm planning to cook my 4lbs pork in the oven but as my guests arrive at 1pm for lunch, I wanted to start the cooking the evening before and then keep the partly cooked pork in the fridge till next ...
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Cutting marbled pork without it falling apart

I have a pork butt that is seared quickly then simmered on the stove in marinade for hours. I like to choose very marbled pork because it's just so much juicier. Anyway, the pork turns out real nice, ...
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Dangers associated with sous-vide temperature and time

What's the risk associated with leaving pork (vacuum sealed) in water at 35 °C (95 °F) for 12 hours? It's probably a common mistake with sous vide cooking, forgetting to turn the bath on.
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What spice rub would be typically Thai?

I'm trying to recreate a dish I had at Alinea a while ago. Their forum actually had a good start for this dish: The garnishes on the surface are Hawaiian volcanic salt, cucumber, garlic chips, ...
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Cooking a large pork roast in a slow cooker

I need to cook a 9 pound pork roast in a crock pot/slow cooker. How long do I need to cook it? I have a recipe for a 3-4 pound roast; is there any way to adjust it for a larger roast?
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What is “pork brisket?”

I picked up a package of "pork brisket" at the supermarket today. I have never seen it before but it was inexpensive and fatty, and looked like a good option to throw in the slow cooker. When my wife ...
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I am trying to cook Buta no Kakuni or Japanese pork belly but it's tough

I have tried cooking "Butta no kakuni" or slow braised pork belly. I watched a video on making kakuni from a check in Nagasaki. In it he used a Le Creuset dutch oven to cook the pork belly. Cut the ...
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Why is my homemade pork sausage rubbery?

We just made some pork sausage and fryed up a patty to check the spicing. The taste is fine but the patty is rubbery in texture. What did we do wrong or not add to the mix?
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What is a good way to cook a pork tenderloin without searing?

I realise there are a couple of similar questions hereabouts, but this is a specific case. I currently have sitting in the fridge a pork tenderloin (fillet) coated in a paste rub of ancho and ...
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My pork rinds won't puff!

I was following the recipe here: How do you make pork rinds? and ran into a situation. When I get pork rinds from the store, they are beautiful and puffy like a Funyun. I followed this recipe ...
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How to roast pork shoulder?

I used to cook pork shoulder in a slow cooker, however found that this didn't render any of the fat out of it. I prefer a leaner meat, so I figure roasting this in the oven and letting the fat drip ...
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pork fillet cooking time

I have a pork fillet which I've cut in half and marinated in some honey and soy. I heated a pan, and seared it on all sides, then put the pan in the oven at 180 deg C. The question is, how long to ...
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Smoking 3lb Pork Butt

I'm smoking a small 3lb pork butt we picked up at the farmer's market. If I plan on cooking it at 225 degrees, how long do you think it will take to get to an internal temp of 160? That's when I plan ...
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How to keep pork crispy during transport to venue?

I want to cook Lechon Kawali (filipino food) for my officemate for lunch but I'm worried the pork skin won't be crispy when we eat it. I'm going to cook it in the morning. Any ideas how I can make the ...
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Sous Vide without vacuum. What liquid should be used?

I'm new to sous-vide and I am trying to figure out how to do it without vacuum. I've seen how other people have done it with oil to displace the air in the bag. But is this the best liquid to use? ...
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How long can I keep a leg of ham in the fridge?

How long will a glazed ham last for? I have a ham, which I glazed. It was in a vac pack, and does not expire for 2 months. Since I have removed it from the vac pack, glazed and cooked it. How long ...
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Pork shank meat yield

I am trying to estimate the quantity of usable meat four pork shanks will yield. I need to feed 10 people and I have two front and two hind shanks that weigh a total of 5Kg. I am hoping to get half of ...
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Is my ragu missing an ingredient?

I'm following a recipe for a pork rib ragu that calls for one onion, 2 carrots and one stick of celery along with 500ml of stock. It suggests that I let this simmer for 2-3 hours. When I return to ...
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How long can I safely keep a thawing pork shoulder in the fridge?

I purchased a rock-hard, six-pound pork shoulder at the farmers' market on Sunday and have been thawing it in the fridge since then. As of this afternoon, it's still not completely thawed, and I'm ...
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Is there such a thing as pork stock?

The other day I made this delicious recipe of Bacon Tea. I thought I could make some more with some Pork Stock. When I went to the store to buy stock I found: Beef Stock Veal Stock Chicken Stock ...
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Is slow cooking for 24+ hours safe? [duplicate]

I've been cooking a 15 lb (7 Kg) pork shoulder for 24 hours, and the temperature has been around 140°F (60°C) for both meat and liquid. I didn't realize the temp was so low until just now when I stuck ...
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How can I remove salt from a saline infused pork sirloin roast?

How can I remove salt from a saline infused pork roast. I purchased 4 of them. After making the first one I could not eat it. I am on a low sodium diet.
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How do I adjust cooking time when temperature may be off by 5-10C?

Over the holidays, my mom tasked me to prepare a Crown Roast of Pork for our Media Noche (basically it's the meal you have as you approach the New Year with fireworks) meal. All of the recipes I ...
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Smoking a pig at 225 F vs barbecuing one at 250F?

I have seen many posts that say smoking a pork shoulder at 225F to an internal temperature of 195F will take 15 hours. I have also seen many posts that say you can barbecue a 90 pound whole hog at ...
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How can I achieve flavorful, gelatinous pork broth economically?

It's that time of year, bean soup and split-pea soup are winter favorites of mine. I don't really care if the soups contain actual meat chunks, but I find the flavor absolutely essential to the soups. ...
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Defrosting approx 3.5kg of pork, and then cooking more than once?

I've got about 3.5kg (7.5lbs) of rolled pork (with lots of skin crackling) vacuum-packed in my freezer which has been there for just under a month. I've got around 20 coming to eat on Saturday for a ...
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Can half cooked pork chops be cooled then fully cooked later?

I started baking pork chops at about 2pm. 30 mins into cooking I had to leave. I turned off oven and left. It's now 640pm and I'm just getting home. The pan is still slightly warm. Are the pork chops ...
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Should a sous-vide-cooked meat be frozen then reheated?

New to sous-vide, I was wondering, once you are done cooking, will it degrade the quality of the meat if I freeze it then reheat it back? The method of reheating probably matters, but let's say I am ...
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Pulled pork too sweet

I made pulled pork and added too much brown sugar. What can I add to dilute it so it's not so sweet? Tried not adding barbeque sauce, but that didn't help.
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Ground Beef vs. Ground Pork

I have a meatball recipe that calls for ground beef, but all I have on hand is ground pork. How might that affect the binding of the ingredients and the cooking in general?
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Are feral hog hind quarters hams, or a different type of pork?

I recently hunted feral hog and had one processed. I have two full bone-in hind quarters. I wondering if these are considered hams or a different cut/type of pork. How would one go about cooking a ...
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What can I do about excessive lime flavor in a pork roast?

I marinated a pork roast in lime, garlic, oregano and a little olive oil. The flavor of lime is over-bearing. Is there anything I can do to counter the lime taste?
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What can I do with Pork Butt Trimmings?

I bought about 6 lbs of pork butt, cooked that up and made awesome chili. Now I have about 1 lb or so of pork trimmings, the fat, mostly white in color. What can I do with this?
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Why did my pork center cut loin turn out tender but tasteless?

Why did my pork center cut loin turn out tender but tasteless? First I marinated the meat for two hours with a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and Italian seasoning. Then pan-seared it to ...
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Crispy pork belly, how can I cook the inside more?

I recently discovered that there is an Asian market in my neighborhood. I was thrilled to discover it. I ended up purchasing a bit of pork belly cooked on-site and highly recommended by the owner. She ...
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Is pork for bo ssam made entirely without oil?

According to all the recipes, we have to leave the salted and covered with sugar pork in the fridge over night. In the morning we wash it, wipe it dry and put it in the oven - so no oil. I'm not used ...
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Roasted Pork Leg is Dried Out

Every time I try to roast a pork leg a lot of water drains from it and it becomes dry. Last time I did it this way: 24 hours before, I seasoned a 1.5kg (3 pounds) piece with salt, pepper, garlic, ...