How to Make a Pork Picnic Roast in the Slow Cooker
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.