A few tips for slow cooking without a slow cooker:
- For pulled pork, recommended temperatures and cooking times ranged from 8 hours at 250 degrees F to overnight at 200 degrees F.
- When the pork has finished cooking, use a meat thermometer to ensure that it has reached an internal temperature of at least 190 degrees F.
- As for what kind of pot to use, most commenters agreed that a heavy casserole dish or Dutch oven would do the job nicely. One person particularly recommended using a cast-iron Dutch oven for its ability to evenly distribute heat and for the fact that it supposedly imparts a better flavor on the food.
- According to one commenter, using the lid of the Dutch oven is, surprisingly (at least to me) optional.
Personally, I don't feel comfortable with leaving the oven on for 8 hours while I'm away from the house, so this is one of those weekend-only ideas, but I'm looking forward to trying it out!
How about you? Do you have any tried and true tips for slow cooking the old-fashioned way? Or is a slow cooker the only route you'll take?