Everything in this recipe is already cooked so you can cook this recipe just as long as you like up to 10 hours. I prefer the longer cooking time to really let the flavors meld together. But if you don’t have 8 to 10 hours go ahead and just cook it for as long as you do have. It will take a good 4 hours on low to get to the hot stage. Anything beyond that is great!
This recipe also sits at the warm cooking setting on most modern slow cookers fine for a couple of hours without over cooking. Like I said, great for parties!