should I add water to a crock pot pork roast I’m cooking for barbeque sandwiches?

December 18th, 2011

It seems to be better when I don’t add water, but many recipes say do…
I have onions in the bottom.

The water keeps the roast from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot, so spray some oil on the bottom and add cut up onions/grated carrots to the bottom first. They will almost disappear in the cooking and add moisture to the pan for juices. Adding in some BBQ sauce at the beginning would also help give you the needed moisture if you omit the water. We like the juicy BBQ sauce in the sandwiches and don’t care for DRY sandwiches…it is all up to personal taste.

11 Responses to “should I add water to a crock pot pork roast I’m cooking for barbeque sandwiches?”

  1. botygy

    No
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  2. Adam L

    If you have made it both ways and you like it with out water there is your answer. I think a little water would be good though. It will just evaporate if you open the lid for the last 5-10 min of cooking.
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  3. Bobby Y

    no
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  4. n8smom96

    This is how I have always made my bbq sandwiches. Put your pork roast in crock pot fatty side up. Then add dry onion soup mix and 2 cups of water. Cook all day (8-10 hours) and drain water at the end. Shred and add your favorite bbq sauce. You can do this with a beef roast too. This way your meat gets very moist.

    If you don’t add water, then use a fattier cut of meat so you can get plenty of liquid to your meat and then spray the bottom of your crock pot dish so it doesn’t stick to it if you doing the "dry" method.
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  5. lora

    no, no ,and no you can’t add water on the crock when you cook it for Barbeque sandwiches you only do that when you cooking it inside of soup!!
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  6. rml313

    i would
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  7. rann

    you really don’t have to add water because the juice from the meat will help cook it…but if your recipe say so, please follow its procedure.my own experience in crock pot cooking is adding a few drops of liquid or oil because slow cooking at long hours will produce the right amount of sauce coming from the meat itself.
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  8. Toffy

    The water keeps the roast from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot, so spray some oil on the bottom and add cut up onions/grated carrots to the bottom first. They will almost disappear in the cooking and add moisture to the pan for juices. Adding in some BBQ sauce at the beginning would also help give you the needed moisture if you omit the water. We like the juicy BBQ sauce in the sandwiches and don’t care for DRY sandwiches…it is all up to personal taste.
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  9. mtngigi

    I always brown the meat very well on all sides before putting it in the slow cooker, to get that nice caramelization that imparts great flavor.

    Then you can add a little liquid. Water or stock work well. A bottle of beer gives it a great flavor. So does a can of Coke.

    Add lots of garlic, bay leaves, a little bit of liquid smoke, all will add a nice flavor to the meat before you even add BBQ sauce. I like to add some heat too, in the form of crushed red pepper, cayenne, Tabasco sauce – something like that.

    You don’t need a lot of liquid, but that really does depend on the cut of meat you’re using and the fat content. But I like to use the liquid, because then I use that flavorful liquid the add to the beans I like to have with my BBQ.
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  10. Lucky Dragon

    Most crockpots need at least a small amount of liquid present to cook properly. The heating elements tend to be focused in specific areas, so the liquid helps distribute the heat around the pot and to the food. Not doing that might result in uneven cooking.
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  11. Eagle 1

    you can add a bit of broth if you like , I was looking at recipes and they all have a bit of liquid of some sort , when I use the slow cooker I always add a bit . But everybody has their own way around the kitchen this is what make cooking so interesting and challenging , trial and error are a must in order to learn .

    http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/563/Crockpot_Apple_Glazed_Pork_Roast21978.shtml
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