How to Make a Pork Picnic Roast in the Slow Cooker

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

This is an extremely easy pork roast to make in the slow cooker. I looked up many different recipes online for picnic roasts. This was the fist time I have ever made one and I was unsure of how to prepare it. This is my combination of the recipes that I found with what I had in my pantry. It is very tasty and moist and will make fantastic BBQ as leftovers. I cannot wait for a BBQ sandwich, and wish I had some coleslaw right now to go with it!

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 of the roast by checking the internal temperature of it. 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!

Picnic roast with rub, onions and garlic.
Picnic roast with rub, onions and garlic. | Source
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. | Source
Picnic shoulder roast, extremely tender and tasty.
Picnic shoulder roast, extremely tender and tasty. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 7 hours
Ready in: 7 hours 15 min
Yields: serves 6-8


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


  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.

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Annie Miller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Oh, yum! I have done a bone in picnic roast in the oven, but this sounds so much easier and I bet juicier! I am definitely going to try this.

Interestingly, I have a turkey breast in my crock pot right now. Results in about three more hours.

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amberld 3 years ago from New Glarus, WI Author

Oh, it was so simple in the crock pot. I absolutely love mine and actually have three of four in various sizes. I use it for almost anything. Hope you like it if you try it and your turkey breast comes out wonderfully!

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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My mouth is watering! Thanks for the simple, delicious recipe.

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amberld 3 years ago from New Glarus, WI Author

Thank you for checking out my recipe! The picnic roast was great and made excellent BBQ. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to make it!

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teaches12345 3 years ago

Your photo share of the roast makes me drool! I can see how moist and tender it is and just want to take my fork and help myself to a piece. Thanks for the suggestion.

Gail 15 months ago

I don't see a print button. I would like to print the recipe.

george minton 14 months ago

Help. When I poured the liquid mixture over the meat all of the sugar crust came off. I don't understand how a crust will develop. Perhaps the liquid mixture should be poured around the pork, not on it.

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amberld 14 months ago from New Glarus, WI Author

It has been a while since I made this or used my slow cooker, so I don't remember exactly how mine worked when pouring liquid over. I may have added even a little additional bit of honey to keep the liquid thicker, or I may have kept the spices and rubbed more on after pouring liquid over. It probably would work good to hang onto extra spices and put them on after pouring liquid and it probably would work just as well to pour it around the meat. The honey is what helped form a thicker edge or crust.

Patrick 5 months ago

I, too, don't get the concept of pouring liquid over a roast I've just covered with a dry rub. Shouldn't you do the liquid first, then dry rub it? I ended up just pouring the liquid in the bottom of the crock.

purplebettyy 4 months ago

Do you have to use cooking spray or can I substitute with something else like butter or olive oil?

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amberld 3 months ago from New Glarus, WI Author

Yes, you could definitely substitute either of those.

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amberld 3 months ago from New Glarus, WI Author

I kinda let the rub sit on mine a little bit before putting liquid on so it soaks in a bit, but you could reverse the order, too.

Butterz 6 weeks ago

I seared the pork before putting it in the slow cooker....the burnt and caramelization was fantastic....:)

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amberld 3 weeks ago from New Glarus, WI Author

We love this recipe! thanks for trying!

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