Slow Cooker Cooking Charts

With a slow cooker, your meal pretty well cooks itself. It simply consists of dumping in your ingredients and letting the slow cooker work its magic. In addition to simplicity, a slow cooker brings out wonderful flavours in your food and tenderizes your meat.

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Beef

 Proportion (lbs) Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Beef Short Ribs 3 to 4 8 to 9 5 to 6
Brisket 4 to 5 8 to 10 4 to 5
Chuck Roast 3 to 4 9 to 10 7 to 7
Corned Beef 3 to 4 9 to 10 5 to 6
Flank Steak 2 to 3 8 to 10 4 to 5
Meatloaf 2 3 to 4 2 to 3
Prime Rib Roast 4 to 6 5 to 6 3 to 4
Sirloin Roast 3 to 4 3 to 4 5 to 6
Veal Shank 2 to 3 7 to 8 3 to 4

Poultry

 Proportion (lbs) Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Chicken (whole) 4 to 6 5 to 6 2 to 3
Chicken Breast (boneless) 2 to 3 2 to 3 1 to 2
Chicken Pieces (bone-in) 3 to 4 4 to 5 2 to 3
Cornish Game Hens 8 to 10 4 to 5
Duck Breast 2 to 4 6 to 8 3 to 4
Turkey Breast 5 to 7 5 to 6 3 to 4
Whole Duck 4 to 5 8 to 10 4 to 5
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Pork

 Proportion (lbs) Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Baby Back Ribs 5 to 8 8 to 10 5 to 6
Country Style Ribs 2 to 4 6 to 7 4 to 5
Ham (cured) 7 to 8 4 to 5 2 to 3
Loin Roast 4 to 5 4 to 6 2 to 3
Pork Chops (2-inches thick) 2 to 3 5 to 6 2 to 3
Pork Sausages 1 to 2 2 to 3 1
Tenderloin 1 to 3 3 to 4 1 to 2
Shoulder 6 to 8 8 to 10 5 to 6

Lamb

 Proportion (lbs) Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Lamb Chops 3 to 4 4 to 6 2 to 3
Lamb Shoulder (cubed) 2 1/2 – 3 6 to 8 3 to 4
Leg of Lamb (bone-in) 4 6 t0 8 4 to 5
Lamb Shank 3 to 4 6 to 8 4 to 5
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Fish & Seafood

 Proportion (lbs) Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Codfish 1 1/2 to 2 1 30 (minutes)
Crab Legs 2 to 3 3 to 4
Fish Chowder 4 to 5 2 1/2 to 3
Flounder 1 1/2 to 2 30 to 60 (minutes) 30 (minutes)
Halibut  1 1/2 to 2 1 30 (minutes)
Salmon  1 1/2 to 2 1 30 (minutes)
Seafood Stew 4 to 5 2 to 3
Shrimp 30 to 60 (minutes)

 

Vegetables

 Proportion  Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Artichokes whole 5 to 6 3 to 4
Beets  whole 6 to 8 3 to 4
Broccoli florets 2 to 3 1 to 1 1/2
Butternut Squash large chunks 6 to 8 4 to 5
Cauliflower florets 5 to 6 2 1/2 to 3
Corn on the Cob 5 to 6 3 to 4
Green Beans  whole 4 to 5 2 to 3
Onions sliced 8 to 10 4 to 5
Sweet Potatoes  whole 6 to 8 3 to 4
Parsnips sliced 4 to 6 2 to 3
Potatoes  whole 8 to 10 4 to 5
Zucchini sliced 4 to 5 2 to 3
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Beans & Grains

Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Beans (dried) 10 to 12 5 to 6
Farro 2 to 4
Grits 6 to 8 3 to 4
Quinoa 2 to 3
Wild Rice 6 to 7 3 to 4

Desserts

Cook Time (hours) LOW TEMP Cook Time (hours) HIGH TEMP
Bread Pudding 3 to 4
Cake Mixes 3 to 4
Cheesecake 1 to 2
Flourless Cake 1 to 2

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  1. I love my slow cooker-but it seems some dishes come out ok – but most of them are blahhh – take for instant cooking a whole chicken I did once – it ended up as chicken soup and recently I tried pork and I don’t know what I did, but it was tough – I was taught low heat and slowly cooking pork it comes out tender- but it was tough and I seem to never add enough seasoning and my slow cooker food is bland. I want my food to explode in my mouth – that my mouth is on party mode and I’m not getting that… HELP

    1. Hi Germaine. Have you checked out my article on Slow Cooking 101? https://bluejeanchef.com/cooking-school/slow-cooking-101/ You’ll find tips and tricks for slow cooking in the school articles, but the most important thing to know with respect to slow cooking is that there is very little evaporation. So, you want to make sure you use good quality, flavorful stocks – their flavor won’t concentrate the way it would on the stovetop. Do remember to brown your foods in a separate pan first as well – that adds a lot of flavor.

  2. Thank you so much for these cooking charts. The sous vide chart is particularly timely – I just purchased a sous vide machine.

  3. Hi Meredith,
    Thank you for the charts. I won’t have to be guessing anymore on the temperature and times for all the equipment I have. Love your dog pics.

  4. Hello Meredith, I have two books for slow cook they’re not much of a help. Your charts for slow cook will be a great help for me thank you very much.

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