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What are some recipes for cooking in clay bakers?

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Recipes for cooking meats in clay bakers include pulled roast pork, which is Boston butt rubbed with salt, pepper and spice, and sauced dishes such as lemon chicken, which is roast chicken dressed with a lemon butter sauce in the clay baker. For food to cook properly and remain tender and juicy, meals cooked in clay bakers require high temperatures that shorten cooking time.

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One recipe that works well in a clay baker is pulled roast pork. Soak the clay baker for 15 minutes in cold water, and then fill it with 5 pounds of Boston butt cut into large chunks. Add spices such as bay leaf, fresh garlic and red pepper flakes, and then place the sealed baker in a cold oven on the bottom rack. Add 100 degrees Fahrenheit to the usual cooking temperature for pulled pork, usually about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and roast the pork until it shreds easily with a fork.

To make lemon chicken, wash a whole chicken inside and out, and then rub it with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. Put lemon rind, several cloves of crushed garlic and more salt, pepper and bay leaf in the cavity, and brush the chicken with melted butter. Soak the baker in cold water, then roast the chicken at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Combine 1/4 cup each lemon juice, soy and honey. Make a paste of 4 tablespoons of flour and butter, and then whisk it into the sauce. Pour the sauce evenly over and inside the chicken, and return the covered baker to the oven for another 45 minutes or until the chicken is juicy and tender.

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