Slow Cooker Pork Roast

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Savory aromas fill your house while this Slow Cooker Pork Roast is cooking. It’s a simple Sunday dinner at it’s finest, and perfect for gathering everyone around the table. It’s naturally gluten free, dairy free, and full of flavor. The pork shoulder roast cooks surrounded by carrots and potatoes making this a one pot dinner. Herbs add flavor and dimension to this down home classic, making it a recipe you’ll come back to over and over again.

Downwards view of Slow Cooker Pork Roast with potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker bowl.

Pork roast was often on the menu on Sundays when I was growing up. My mom would put together a pork roast along with some potatoes and carrots and pop it in the oven until tender.

So to this day, pork roast is just a family dinner kind of meal to me. Although the leftovers are so good, I often make this for just the two of us so that we have lots for lunches.

My mom used to time bake her roasts in the oven, until the oven wasn’t all that trustworthy anymore, (then someone had to be home while it was cooking). So I’ve adapted her way of making pork roast to use the slow cooker. This way you can set it to cook, and go about your day!

The slow cooker cooks this tougher cut of meat low and slow all day, until it’s completely fall apart tender, and so juicy. This slow cooker pork roast recipe is sure to become one of your Sunday dinner favorites too.

Close up straight down view of Slow Cooker Pork Roast surrounded by carrots and potatoes.

Watch how to make this Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Ingredients & Substitutions

All the ingredients for Slow Cooker Pork Roast in containers on a wood cutting board, pork shoulder roast, carrots, potatoes, onion, fresh herbs, garlic, and chicken broth.
  • Pork roast – you want to look for a pork shoulder roast. This is different from a pork butt which has more marbling in it. Pork shoulder is a tougher cut with just the right amount of marbling to cook into a super tender and still juicy roast. You don’t want a lean/tender cut here like pork loin, it would be incredibly dry. I like to use a pork shoulder with the bone in, but boneless pork shoulder will work here as well, it will just take less time to cook.
  • Onion & garlic – add lots of savory flavor to the mix as this roast cooks.
  • Fresh herbs – I like to use a mix of rosemary, sage, and thyme when I have them all growing in my herb garden. But you can use just 1 herb here as well. You’ll also find my notes for how to use dried herbs in this pork roast as well. Italian seasoning and Herbs de Provence both work well.
  • Chicken broth – keeps everything juicy while it cooks. I like to use low sodium chicken broth and add salt to taste.
  • Potatoes & carrots – make this roast a one pot meal. The potatoes are cut into larger chunks along with the carrots so they don’t overcook.

How to make this recipe step by step

Diced onion, minced garlic, and fresh herbs on a wood cutting board.

Step 1: Start by dicing the onion and mincing the garlic.

Cut up carrots and potatoes on a wood cutting board.

Step 2: Cut the potatoes and carrots into larger sized chunks.

Pan searing the pork roast in a cast iron skillet.

Step 3: Then season the pork roast with salt, pepper, and sear on both sides until well browned.

Adding the onions, garlic, and chicken broth to the cast iron pan after the roast has been seared.

Step 4: Remove the pork roast from the pan and add it to the slow cooker. Then add the onions and garlic to the same pan and cook briefly stirring constantly. Add the chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan to get those browned bits loosened up and into the liquid.

Adding the onion broth over the pork roast.

Step 5: Pour the onion mixture over the top of the pork roast in the slow cooker bowl.

The potatoes, carrots, and fresh herbs being adding to the slow cooker bowl on top of the browned pork roast.

Step 6: Pile the potatoes and carrots over the top and tuck in the sprigs of herbs. Your slow cooker will be quite full and you won’t be able to see the pork roast.

Finished Slow Cooker Pork Roast surrounded with potatoes and carrots and topped with sprigs of thyme and rosemary.

Step 7: Cover with the lid and cook low and slow for 8-ish hours until the pork roast is fall apart fork tender. Remove the the herb sprigs before serving.

You can spoon out some of the potatoes and carrots into a serving bowl and serve the roast in the slow cooker bowl as pictured.

Or you can arrange everything on 1-2 servings platters and slice the meat to serve.

Close up macro shot of the finished Slow Cooker Pork Roast surrounded by carrots and potatoes.

Ways to serve this

FAQ’s

What can I use instead of pork?

You can use a beef chuck roast or follow my recipe for Slow Cooker Pot Roast instead.

Do you have to brown a roast before putting in a slow cooker or crockpot?

No you don’t absolutely have to brown the roast beforehand. Searing the roast to a nice brown on each side adds a lot of yummy flavor and I would encourage you not to skip this step.

Can you overcook a pork roast in a slow cooker?

Yes you can overcook it, but there is a bit more nuance. When you’re cooking a pork shoulder roast like this recipe, it’s almost impossible to overcook it because it has the perfect amount of marbling. If you’re making a different recipe with a lean cut of pork, you want to be careful because it will dry out.

Can I use pork tenderloin or pork loin in this recipe?

No both the pork tenderloin and pork loin roast are very lean cuts of meat that would be dry and tough cooked in the slow cooker.

Storing leftovers

  • To store – place any leftovers into an airtight sealed container, and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  • Make ahead – this recipe is best made and served right away. But leftovers are great for up to 5 days, so you can meal prep this recipe, and reheat as desired. For make ahead options, try cutting up the carrots ahead of time and refrigerate.
  • Reheating – place any leftovers into a skillet with a little of the juices and reheat over medium heat covered with a lid until heated through. Or you can also microwave the leftovers.
  • To freeze – I don’t recommend freezing the carrots or potatoes because they are mushy when thawed. Place any leftover pork tightly sealed in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Close up view of the Slow Cooker Pork Roast in a slow cooker bowl turned at an angle with fresh herbs on top.

Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t skip searing the pork roast, it’s a little extra work, but it adds so much flavor. There are crockpot pork roast recipes that say you don’t need to sear. But the crockpot doesn’t add flavor while it’s cooking, and searing the roast goes a long ways to giving you the best roast.
  • Dried herbs do work well here, but it’s worth trying out fresh herbs at least once because they’re so good!
  • You can skip measuring the carrots and potatoes if desired and just ‘eye-ball’ it until your pork roast is surrounded and the slow cooker bowl is full without the veggies touching the lid.

I really hope you enjoy this Slow Cooker Pork Roast! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Finished Slow Cooker Pork Roast surrounded with potatoes and carrots and topped with sprigs of thyme and rosemary.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast


5 from 1 vote
Author: Kari Peters
Yield: 6
Course: Dinner

INGREDIENTS  

  • 4 pounds pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil - or olive oil
  • 1 large white onion - 1/2" dice
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth - low sodium
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt - extra for sprinkling the roast and seasoning to taste at the end.
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper - extra for sprinkling the roast and seasoning to taste at the end.
  • 2 pounds potatoes - cut into 3" pieces, about 4 potatoes
  • 1.5 pounds carrots - cut into 3" lengths, about 8 carrots
  • 6 sprigs rosemary, sage, & thyme - 2 of each herb, or 4 sprigs 1 individual herb like rosemary, see notes for dried herbs

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat a large cast iron pan on the stove top. When the pan is hot but not smoking, add the oil. Sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper, then sear the pork roast on each side. This takes 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Remove the roast from the pan and place it in the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Add the diced onion and garlic to the cast iron pan you seared the roast in and sauté briefly until the onion begins to soften.
  • Turn off the heat and add the chicken broth to the pan. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom, then stir in the salt and pepper.
  • Carefully pour the onion garlic mixture over the pork roast in the slow cooker.
  • Then add the potatoes and carrots around and on top of the roast, tucking in the herb sprigs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. This roast takes 8 hours in my slow cooker for the roast to be falling apart tender, and the veggies done.
  • To serve remove the veggies & discard the sprigs of herbs from the top of the roast, and place them in a serving bowl. Serve the bowl of veggies along with the roast.
  • You can also lift the roast, (very carefully it's tender) and place it on a serving platter. Arrange the veggies around it, and use the juices to make gravy if desired as directed in the notes below.

NOTES

The small amount of salt listed goes in while cooking the roast and vegetables to season while cooking. Then you can add more to the juices to taste at the end of the cooking time if you’re making gravy.
Any kind of potato works here, I usually use Yukon golds or red potatoes.
You can also use 2 teaspoons dried herbs like Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence in place of the fresh herbs.
To add gravy to your meal, carefully drain off the cooking liquid. Then use it to make my Gluten Free Gravy or my Paleo Gravy.
Cooking times vary with slow cookers, so try and check your pork roast early the 1st time you make it around 6 hours or so on low. See if it’s fork tender or needs to go the full 8+ hours.
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Best Slow Cooker Pork Roast, Crock Pot Pork Roast Recipe, Pork Shoulder Roast, Rosemary Pork Roast, Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Gravy, Slow Cooker Pork Roast with potatoes and carrots, Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Vegetables

nutrition facts

Calories: 483kcal (24%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 42g (84%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 5g (31%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 124mg (41%)Sodium: 446mg (19%)Potassium: 1743mg (50%)Fiber: 7g (29%)Sugar: 8g (9%)Vitamin A: 18962IU (379%)Vitamin C: 40mg (48%)Calcium: 95mg (10%)Iron: 4mg (22%)
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2 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Pork Roast”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night for Sunday dinner with friends. Super easy and delicious! My 4.25 pound pork shoulder fell apart and was so tender! Cooked for 7.5 hours. Veggies were perfectly cooked- not overdone. Left over pork will be shredded for tacos tonight!

    Reply
    • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I love this one for Sunday dinner too, simple but a crowd pleaser. Cooking the veggies on top of the roast has been a game changer for me, the veggies are so much better and not way overdone! Also your taco idea sounds scrumptious!

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