What Setting on a Crock Pot Provides the Best Temperature to Cook Meat Slowly?

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Both the low and high settings cook meat thoroughly, but the longer cooking times mandated by the low setting tend to result in meat that is more tender. Browning meat before finishing it in the slow cooker also adds flavor and allows the meat to cook more evenly.

Fattier meats such as chuck roasts and pork shoulders perform better in slow cookers than lean meats such as pork tenderloins because the fat renders slowly and keeps the meat from drying out. The recommended cooking time for a pork shoulder weighing 6 to 7 pounds is nine hours and 30 minutes on low or seven hours and 30 minutes on high.