it's possible the crock pot is getting too hot. but maybe you just aren't putting enough liquid in with the meat. maybe the recipe you are following is for a smaller crock pot? it could also just be the meat you are using. to find the problem try process of elimination, cook a chuck roast in it, they always get fork tender. if that works, try round steak again: dredge it in flour and brown it first, then move it to the crock pot. add cream of mushroom soup (use one more can than you had previously).I usually cook tougher cuts of beef or pork (eg, top round beef steak, certain pork chops, etc.) in my slow cooker. I usually follow some sort of recipe includes a cream-of-whatever soup or a broth base plus some seasonings and occasionally some vegetables. I almost always cook it on the low setting. Nevertheless, no matter how long I cook it for, it never comes out fork-tender like the recipe claims. It is always dry and tough. I cannot figure out my error. My best guess is that my Crock Pot is cooking things too quickly, even on the low setting. Do you have any other ideas or suggestions?
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