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When smoking, is temperature consistency more important than exact temperature?

I am smoking ribs in a charcoal smoker. The smoked rib recipe that I am following instructs smoking the ribs at 225°F. My smoker is maintaining a temperature of 215°F. I can add more lump ...
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How do you keep corned beef from falling apart in the crockpot?

I cooked 3.5 pounds of corned beef in the crock pot last week with the intentions of making reubens. Taste wise the dish was great, but the corned beef fell apart and I did not get those pretty deli ...
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slow cooker / crock pot temperature confusion (everything boils)

On a whole I'd like someone to explain how slow cooker / crock pot recipes are supposed to work? I mean they tell you to cook xxx all day on high, or yyy for 6 hours on high then switch to low, etc, ...
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Advice for low temperature cooking

I want to try out low temperature cooking of some meat, e.g. beef I don't have a reliable oven and am looking for advice before starting. Or alternatives to ovens. I heard some people use meat in ...
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How long is cooked hamburger able to sit in a crockpot?

I came across a crockpot recipe for burritos. It calls for cooked hamburger (1 lb) as one of its ingredients and specifies that I should cook the mixture on low for 6-10 hours. Is this safe? Whenever ...
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What is the charcoal snake method and how does it work?

I've read in places about using something called the charcoal snake method for slow smoking in a kettle bbq. What is it and how does it even work? Here's an example picture.
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Slow-cooking pork 'chops'?

I was in Austria recently, and at a restaurant there I ate a very simple dish that consisted mainly of two large pork chops in a light, thin gravy. The pork chops were super tender and came apart ...
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Differences between rice/pressure/multi/slow cooker?

I'm really confused about what these products are supposed to do, and if some products can do the same as others in the following list. What are the differences between the following devices? Rice ...
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Can a slow cooker meatloaf get a browned crust?

So my wife cooks a few times a year. She saw a recipe in one of her online magazines for Carla Hall's (Top Chef) meatloaf. The picture in her magazine clearly shows the meatloaf has a very brown ...
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Uses of leftover vegetables from slow cooker

After slow cooking my pork over a bed of carrots, celery and onions. The pork gets eaten, the juice gets reduced to an amazing sauce base. What can I do with the vegetables? They are tasty to eat as-...
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What kind of sausage could I use as a substitute for Cumberland sausage?

I live in the USA and Cumberland sausages don't exist. They have sausage links and patties but I don't want to make sausage casserole and have the flavor altered because I picked the wrong kind of ...
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What is the best way to cook chicken for enchiladas?

I'm new to cooking and I'm cooking chicken enchiladas and obviously I want to shred the chicken. Most recipes say to use a slow cooker, but some say boil. Why would one be better than the other? I ...
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How can I use a "cook for 3-4 hours" slow cooker recipe when I'm away for 8+ hours?

I've run across several slow cooker recipes that call for a slow-cooker time of 3 - 4 hours on low heat. I'd love to use these, but on work days I'm out of the house for at least 8 hours. What can I ...
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How does cooking food changes its content of carbohydrates and sugar?

When cooking for diabetics it is important to keep the amount of carbohydrates and sugar low. So I am wondering how cooking food - particularly vegetables - changes the amount of carbohydrates and ...
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For slow cooker meal prep should I freeze the vegetables separately from the meat and sauce?

I have a new food saver vacuum sealer. I want to seal up all the ingredients for a slow cooker meal. Should I add the vegetables separately from the meat and sauce, or all in together? I was ...
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Why using low temperature cooking for potatoes?

I saw somewhere a recipe for using souse vide at 90C for potatoes. I understand low temperature/long time cooking technics are for tenderizing meat. What is the rationale of using low temperature ...
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Slow Cooker & Fat - Blend it back in?

I have a layer of grease on the top of my slow cooker. The recipie is a sausage & bean hotpot with smoked paprika and red wine. My issue is that I added a little too much liquid and now the fat ...
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Slow cooker- can I turn up the heat

I am cooking French dip, using a chuck roast. And I ended up having to substitute a recipe (I didn't have a can of soup so I improvised). It took a bit longer than I thought and now dinner won't be ...
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Do I need to adjust slow cooker recipes for high altitude?

I live at a high altitude and love to use my slow cooker, but I don't think the meals are coming out as expected when I follow the recipes. Do I need to adjust the recipes for high altitudes?
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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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Techniques for cooking beef shin in the piece

I have a large (1.5kg/3lb) piece of beef shin, in the piece with skin on. I normally use beef shin for stews, but I would like to try slow-roasting or pot roasting it in a single piece. Have you ...
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Why does my roast beef smell wonderful but tastes bland?

My crockpot roast beef has the best aroma ever but the flavor of the finished product is only average. I had a 4 pound tri-tip roast and seasoned it with the usual onion, garlic, worcestershire sauce, ...
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Should I use my toaster oven for slow roasting?

I have a couple small tomatoes (about the size of a plum tomato) that I'm thinking of trying to oven-dry to see if we like them. Most recipes I've seen call for roasting them in the oven for 4-6 hours ...
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Split pea soup won't soften. Any way to soften the peas without burning?

I am trying to make split pea soup. The first time I did it the peas softened just fine but the soup was scorched. I am trying again but at a lower heat, and the peas are refusing to soften. ...
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I'm Making Chicken stock. How can I keep the chicken meat/bones from rising above the water line?

I'm using chicken wings to make a stock, but they want to float up to the top above the water line. Any kitchen hacks to keep them submerged??
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Why are my beef short ribs still chewy after 5 hours?

In short: Kamado at 250-275f Short Ribs in for 4-5 hours The ribs have a layer of meat, then a small layer of fat, and then the meat on the ribs themselves. The top layer gets reasonably soft ...
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"Dry" foods from slow cooker

I know the basic usage of slow cooker is for stews, soups, pot roasts and various other foods that have high water content - essentially, simmered in some kind of sauce, which then is part of the food....
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How should chuck roast be grilled to maximize tenderness?

Forgive me if this question has been asked before, I did a search and did not find it. I have cut up a chuck roast into steak slices (relatively thin, maybe half an inch), tenderized it and marinated ...
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Best variety of garlic for slow cooking?

Take a couple of heads of garlic, sit them in some oil with spices, and cook for an hour or two, then spread it on bread. It's great...with the right kind of garlic. With the wrong kind, you'll be ...
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Is it safe to prepare a crock pot recipe the night before?

I'm looking at slow cooking a beef stew on a workday. The stew includes raw beef. Recipe: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/14685/slow-cooker-beef-stew-i/ Is it safe to combine the ingredients the ...
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Looking for a rice cooker, steamer, deep fryer, slow cooker combo that can cook rice and steam at the same time

I know this is slightly crazy, but I am a minimalist. I try to get by on as little "stuff" as possible. Basically I want a rice cooker that can steam my vegetables and chicken for a meal all at the ...
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Should a roast be covered in liquid in a slow-cooker?

My roommate put a hunk of beef roast in the slow-cooker for a good 6 hours. It's a fairly large sized slow-cooker, at least 8 quarts. The meat was cooked through but very chewy, and I never remember ...
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Can I cook couscous for a chicken dish in my crock pot at the same time as the chicken?

I'm wanted to make a lemon garlic chicken in a crockpot and I'd like to serve it with couscous. Is there a way to cook the two together? I know I can cook the couscous and then add it in the crockpot ...
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Should I wash the rice before making t'beet (Iraqi chicken & rice)?

I have just stumbled upon a recipe for t'beet, which is an Iraqi oven slow-cooked chicken and rice dish. Most of the recipes I found come from American websites, where they do not indicate that the ...
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Rescuing a tough brisket roast

I let brine overnight a 450 g piece of point cut beef breast. Then I dry rubbed it with spices and put in my small crock pot with 150 ml of Guinness, a couple of carrots and baby potatoes on LOW for ...
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Will cooking a beef topside joint on a very low heat overnight make it dry?

I bought a 1.8 kilogram joint of beef topside (called round in the US, I believe) and I am kicking myself for not buying a rib joint because it had more fat on it. Anyway, there is so little fat on ...
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How do I cook large quantities of Boston pork butt?

I am cooking approximately 30 lbs of Boston butt pork roast. (One roast is a little over 15 lbs and the other is a little over 16 lbs.) Should I cook the roasts together in one big roaster at about ...
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Slow cooker lasagna

Can a lasagna be made in the slow cooker, or will that cause the pasta to become unpleasant?
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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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How long to slow-cook a small corned beef?

In honor of the day I want to cook corned-beef in our slow-cooker. I've read several recipes that say to cook a 3-4 pound brisket for 9-10 hours. However, the corned-beef I bought is only 2 pounds. ...
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Cooking kidney beans in a slow cooker, how do I make sure they're safe?

I'm making 15 bean soup from a bagged dry bean mix that contains red kidney beans. Following the instructions, I soaked them overnight and threw out the water, but then thought I'd be clever and throw ...
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Slow cooked ham hock black eyed peas

Getting ready for some New Year’s eve cooking. I want a hearty black eyed peas casserole, which I’ll be throwing into the crockpot tonight with a couple smoked ham hocks (a first try for me). I want ...
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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's the name of this slow cooking technique?

I just discovered the joy of slow cooking meat, separating the juice, then boiling it to a reduction, then simmering the meat in its own concentrated juices (with some other tasty ingredients added). ...
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Do I put the pot roast above or below the vegetables in my crock pot?

When cooking a pot roast in a crock pot, do I put the meat above or below the vegetables? And does cooking it on hi or low have effect on this?
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Ribs in Slow Cooker, then finished on BBQ?

I don't have a smoker, but I love slow-cooked BBQ ribs. Would it be possible to cook ribs for 8-10 hours or however long I like in my kitchen slow cooker, then pop them onto a charcoal barbecue to ...
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Slow oven brown rice

Is there a slow method of cooking brown rice in the oven? Next week, I'm cooking for a group of friends. I'd like to start the rice, go to a meeting (~3 hours) and come back to finished rice. I'm ...
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When to add vegetables in slow cooker?

I'm doing a nice beef roast in the crock pot today. Normally I roast the carrots and potatoes together in the oven but due to other things I need the oven for I'm going to add them with the roast. I ...
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sous vide vs slow cooking

I want to become more consistent in what I cook on a daily basis. One option that I've seen suggested is to prepare the ingredients in bulk and freeze meal-size amounts in ziplock bags (without yet ...
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How to make specific taste more obvious in slow cooker

Let's say I'm making some fairly generic dish in a slow cooker. Throwing in beef, zucchini, onions, leek, and other stuff. I brown the beef and onions, but otherwise don't really do other preparations....
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