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How to Make a Pork Picnic Roast in the Slow Cooker

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Pork picnic roast, falling off the bone with a beautiful caramelized glaze.

Pork picnic roast, falling off the bone with a beautiful caramelized glaze.

This is an extremely easy pork roast to make in the slow cooker. I studied many different recipes for picnic roasts. This is a combination of the recipes I found and was influenced by what I had in my pantry. It is very tasty and moist and makes fantastic BBQ as leftovers. I cannot wait for a BBQ sandwich, and wish I had some coleslaw right now to go with it!

Cooking Tips:

  • I started my roast a little later in the morning than usual, so I put the slow cooker on high for an hour and a half. Always remember to double the time on high to figure how many hours on low it equals. I then turned it down to low for about 4 more hours.
  • Check for doneness by checking the internal temperature of the roast. Do not place the thermometer right next to the bone as that will raise the temperature too high, but place it in another thick part of the meat. It should register between 145° and 150° F.
  • Allow the meat to rest for about five minutes before serving. It should still be slightly pink inside and juicy.

This roast was fabulous and falling off the bone! I hope you enjoy!

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Picnic roast with rub, onions and garlic.

Picnic roast with rub, onions and garlic.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

7 hours

7 hours 15 min

6-8 servings

Garlic slices inserted into knife slits, then roast is rolled in the rub all over.

Garlic slices inserted into knife slits, then roast is rolled in the rub all over.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder picnic roast
  • 6-8 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  1. Spray the slow cooker with a light coating of non-stick spray. Chop the onions and place in the slow cooker. Cut off the skins of the garlic cloves and cut lengthwise into slivers. Put about 2 cloves worth in the bottom of the crock pot with the onions.
  2. With a small paring knife or a steak knife, cut slits all over the picnic roast. Place a sliver of the remaining two cloves of garlic into each of the slits. This adds a great depth of flavor to the meat.
  3. In a small bowl mix the sugars and spices. Rub this all over the meat until it is covered. Place the roast into the slow cooker. Then place any of the remaining spice mixture into the crock pot over the roast.
  4. In another small bowl mix the water, Worcestershire sauce, and honey together. Then pour the liquid mixture over the roast. The outer layer of this roast is fantastic when it is done. Wonderful and sweet, but not overpowering.
  5. I got my roast started at around 11 in the morning. Normally I would start it at 10 and keep it on low all day. Since I started late, I put the temperature setting on the slow cooker to high for 1 1/2 hrs. Then I lowered the temp to the low setting for 4 more hours. The meat fell off the bone and was very tender and delicious.
Picnic shoulder roast, extremely tender and tasty.

Picnic shoulder roast, extremely tender and tasty.

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