Our crock pot pork roast is a game-changer, offering a fall-off-the-bone tenderness that’s hard to resist. It’s a unique blend of flavors, thanks to our special dry rub and the magic of slow cooking. Plus, the added bonus of a homemade gravy makes this the best slow cooker pork roast you’ll find online.
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“So good! My foodie sister loves it. Made it as described, the little sweet cinnamony depth added so much. Pork tender not dry. Veggies firm but stewed in the juices. Smelled it all day and were starving when it was ready! Thank you!!“ -Rick
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve made this crock pot pork roast. My family begs for it and I always oblige. They love that it’s a full meal in one dish – juicy, tender pork roast and stewed root vegetables.
The flavors are savory with a hint of sweet all thanks to our secret ingredient of a little balsamic vinegar.
Preparing a pork roast in crock pot makes life easy, peasy. You know the phrase “set it and forget it”? It is the truest statement when it comes to this slow cooker pork roast recipe.
What is in a crock pot pork roast?
Our crock pot pork roast is made with a boneless pork shoulder, a homemade pork dry rub, and a mix of hearty root vegetables like carrots and potatoes.
The roast is cooked in a flavorful liquid made from balsamic vinegar, red wine, and chicken broth, which later transforms into a delicious gravy.
PS: using a slow cooker is a great way to make mealtime easy. Check out some of our favorite crockpot freezer meals that you can make and freeze for later!
Substitutes and Variations
- Pork: We recommend using a boneless pork shoulder for this recipe. It shreds easily and the flavor is out of this world. A pork butt will also work. However, if you have another cut of pork you need to use, go ahead and use it. It may not shred the same, but it will taste delicious. Just be sure it is about 3 pounds.
- Veggies: try using sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, fennel, or rutabaga.
- Red wine: if you don’t red wine on hand, you can absolutely sub for more chicken broth.
a note on pork
We’ve tried this recipe with leaner cuts of pork such as a pork loin and it just isn’t the same. You really need the fat from a pork shoulder to make this “fall-off-the-bone.” Trust us.
A Few Tips on How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Roast
- Be generous with the seasonings.
- When chopping the vegetables, be sure that all the vegetables are cut around the same size so that they cook evenly.
- We sear the pork shoulder on all sides before placing it in the slow cooker. When you do this, be sure that the olive oil in your cast iron skillet is HOT. We are going for a quick sear that will brown the meat perfectly.
- We recommend cooking your pork shoulder in the crock pot on HIGH for 6-8 hours.
Do I need to add liquid to slow cooker pork?
Yes, we recommend adding liquid to slow cooker pork! It creates a delicious gravy and adds moisture to the cooking environment to keep the pork nice and moist.
What can I sub for the red wine and or balsamic vinegar?
If you can’t do red wine or balsamic vinegar, feel free to sub for more broth. However we highly recommend following the recipe as written for the ultimate flavor!
Can you cook pork roast in crock pot for too long?
It is hard to overcook a pork roast! There is a sweet spot when the pork becomes tender and fall off the bone. When that happens. keep an eye on the pork before it becomes mushy!
How do I flavor pork roast?
You can flavor pork with any of your favorite spice rubs. We recommend the best dry rub for pork. No matter what spice rub you use, be sure to use enough SALT!
To store this slow cooker pork roast, let the pork cool completely before placing it in an airtight container. You can keep pork roast in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!
What goes with pork roast?
Pork roast goes well with just about anything! It tends to be a heavier meal, so pairing it with something a little lighter is always a good idea! Here are our favorite pairings with this slow cooker pork roast!
Crock Pot Pork Roast
The most flavorful slow cooker pork roast is made with a yummy pork dry rub, tons of root veggies, and a savory gravy. Make this crock pot pork roast today!
Total:8 hours 25 minutes
- 6 medium russet potatoes quartered
- 1 medium white onion chopped
- 6 medium carrots diced into 4 pieces each
- 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
- 3 lbs. boneless pork shoulder roast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 sprigs rosemary bundled
- 6 sprigs thyme bundled
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
First, prepare your pork dry rub by mixing together all of the spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
Then, prepare veggies. Quarter 6 russet potatoes, chop a white onion, dice 6 medium carrots into 4 pieces each, and roughly chop 4 cloves of garlic.
Place the veggie medley on the bottom of your crockpot.
Next, rub your pork shoulder roast with the dry rub. Make sure that every nook and cranny is covered in rub.
Heat around 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium/high heat. When olive oil is fragrant, sear pork shoulder for 2 minutes on each side.
Then, place the pork roast in crock pot on top of the veggies. Make sure you scrape the skillet to get all of the delicious bits of rub off of it and add that to the crockpot, too.
Create herb bundle, by using bakers twine to tie together thyme and rosemary and set that on top of the pork.
Next, in a large Pyrex, mix together balsamic vinegar, red wine, and chicken broth. Then, pour that on top of the pork roast.
Cover crockpot and turn to high. Let cook for around 6-8 hours (flipping pork roast halfway through cook time, if you can, if you can’t no worries!).
Remove meat and vegetables from the crockpot and discard the herb bundle. Using two forks, pull the pork roast apart into chunks and set aside.
Place 1/2 cup of the liquid left in the crockpot into a microwave safe Pyrex. Whisk in cornstarch. Place cornstarch mixture into the microwave for 45 seconds (mixture should be thick a gelatinous). Remove from the microwave and whisk the cornstarch mixture into the existing liquid in the crockpot until it thickens into a thin gravy.
Place pork and vegetables back into the crockpot or transfer it to a platter and mix, coating everything in gravy.
Tips & Notes
- If you already have our homemade pork dry rub on hand, use around 1/2 cup of rub for a 3 lb. piece of meat.
- Gravy: feel free to double the gravy ingredients (balsamic vinegar, red wine, and chicken broth) if you like more gravy.
- Cinnamon: we love how a little bit of cinnamon can really elevate the flavors in this crock pot pork roast. If you don’t love cinnamon, feel free to omit.
Calories: 462kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 37g Fat: 17g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 13g
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Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.