As I have said in many prior posts, the slow cooker is my best friend. My Crockpot's name is Gerty and she's a humble and kind old soul. (Please tell me that you also name your most beloved appliances?) She makes me look good.
Gerty slaves for hours, cooks the meat tender and juicy every time, and she even makes the house smell like a 5 star restaurant. She does all the hard work and I get all the credit!
This recipe for Crockpot Pork Shoulder is one of Gerty's most perfected meats. The meat is bursting with flavor and falls apart in your mouth. My most favorite way to eat it is inside of a brioche bun topped with coleslaw!
Pork Shoulder Marinade
I use a simple marinade for my pulled pork sandwiches that infuses tons of flavor! Just use a whisk to mix up the following ingredients:
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup barbecue sauce ( I use my own Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Not only is this marinade great on pork shoulder (also known as pork butt roast), but it tastes great on beef too!
How to Slow Cook Pork Roast
Then all you have to do is pour the marinade over a 3-4 pound pork shoulder butt that is nestled tightly inside your Crockpot. I like to squeeze a little marinade underneath the roast so that I know all sides of the meat will be cooked in the yummy spices.
If you're not a pork fan, try this recipe with a chuck roast instead!
Then simply close the lid and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours. When the Crockpot Pork Shoulder is done cooking, it should easily fall apart. Use a couple of forks to shred up the meat and then mix it in the juices.
How to Make Pulled Pork Sandwiches
The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to cook. The amazing smell permeates the house and will beckon you to the kitchen to try it. When I make this recipe, about 1/4 of it is gone before dinner with all the "taste testers" I have in my house!
Most nights we eat this slow cooked pulled pork as is, but other nights we put it on potato rolls or brioche buns and serve it with Sweet Apple Celery Coleslaw. And if I'm feeling REALLY crazy, I put my coleslaw inside of my pulled pork sandwich!
At heart, I am a no fuss cook. I like things to be simple but delicious. This recipe meets all those requirements with the added ease of the slow cooker doing all the work. It makes amazing leftovers too!
If this recipe tickles your fancy, I know some others you would probably like. Check out these bad boys:
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Crockpot Pork Shoulder
- 1 1/2 cup Ketchup
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3-4 lb pork shoulder (butt) roast
- Place the pork roast in a large Crockpot.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl with a whisk until smooth.
- Pour the marinade over the meat. Push it underneath and on all sides of the pork.
- Cover a cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
- When finished cooking, use two forks to shred the Crockpot pork shoulder. Leave it in it's juices until ready to serve.
- Eat as is or serve inside rolls for sandwiches.