The more you slow cook a meat in a crock pot does it get more tender?

November 15th, 2012

I am going to cook short ribs in a crock pot, the recipe calls for 8 hours but I won’t be home for at least 10. I was thinking the extra time it has to cook, the more tender it will get or would it dry out? It will be in liquids obviously while it is in the crock pot.

Well, those two hours can make a difference. The meat will get mushier and mushier rather than more tender. If there’s some pieces of meat exposed, that can dry out.

Any way to set your crock pot on a timer?

If you have ever tasted really good ribs then you already know the best way to cook them is to braise them in the oven using fairly low heat.

8 Responses to “The more you slow cook a meat in a crock pot does it get more tender?”

  1. Kevin

    yes the more time the juicier it will get

    2 extra hours isn’t a big deal. you won’t notice at all

    however if you were to leave it on overnight, then yea it might get funky

    but a 10 hour cook time will be sooo delicious

    im making bbq chicken in my crock pot tonight

    crockpot makes a really cool recipe book that has hundreds of great things to make in your crock pot. if you ever see the book you should check it out. it has stuff that i didnt even know you could make in a slow cooker
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  2. C.M. C

    Yep
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  3. Sew What?

    Well, those two hours can make a difference. The meat will get mushier and mushier rather than more tender. If there’s some pieces of meat exposed, that can dry out.

    Any way to set your crock pot on a timer?

    If you have ever tasted really good ribs then you already know the best way to cook them is to braise them in the oven using fairly low heat.
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  4. Cupcake Jess

    No dryness happening there LOL it will be nice, tender & juicy!
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  5. nadeen

    yes
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  6. momof4wildgirls

    I just cooked some yesterday in the crock pot! They ended up being in there for about 10 hours, and man were they good! They were so tender they fell apart.
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  7. Amanda

    It will be okay for a couple of more hours…just make the setting "low" if you have the option.
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  8. franfifi@sbcglobal.net

    If I was you I would go to Wal-Mart and buy a timer you can get one in the electrical dept. Then I would set the timer to cut off at the time your recipe calls for. I have had meat to get dry from cooking too long in the slow cooker. Or do you have a friend or relative to stop by and cut the cooker off. My neighbor who I trusted, to go in my house use to do this for me. Or you could take your pot to a friends or relative and let them watch it at their house, until you get home. Of course they may get hungry , smelling all the good cooking and eat it up .
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