Tender Slow Cooker Pork Roast (Easy + Flavorful)

Our roast pork in a clay pot it’s a game changer, offering a down-the-bone cuteness that’s hard to resist. It’s a unique blend of flavors, thanks to our special dry seasoning and the magic of slow cooking. Plus, the added bonus of a homemade sauce makes this the best slow cooker pork roast you’ll find online.

Pork roast on a plate with vegetables.

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I cannot count the number of times I have made this Crock Pot Pork Roast. My family asks me and I always obey. They love that it’s a complete meal in one dish: juicy, tender roast pork and braised root vegetables.

The flavors are savory with a hint of sweet, all thanks to our secret ingredient of a little balsamic vinegar.

Preparing a roast pork in a crock pot makes life easier, a doddle. You know the phrase “set it and forget it”? It makes the truest statement when it comes to this slow cooker pork roast recipe.

What’s in a Crock Pot Pork Roast?

Our Slow Cooker Pork Roast is made with a boneless pork shoulder, a homemade pork marinade, 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 is then transformed into a delicious sauce.

P.S: Using a slow cooker is a great way to make mealtime easier. Check out some of our favorite crockpot freezer meals that you can make and freeze for later!

How long

chopped greens on a plate.

Substitutes and Variations

  • Pig: We recommend using a boneless pork loin for this recipe. It is easily crushed and the flavor is out of this world. A pig’s butt will also work. However, if you have another cut of pork that you need to use, go ahead and use that. It may not crush the same, but it will taste delicious. Just make sure it’s around 3 pounds.
  • Vegetables: try using sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, fennel, or kohlrabi.
  • Red wine: If you don’t have red wine on hand, you can substitute more chicken broth.

a note about pork

We’ve tested this recipe with leaner cuts of pork, like pork loin, and it’s just not the same. You really need the fat from a pork shoulder to make this one “fall off the bone.” Trust us.

Roasted pork in a cast iron skillet

Some Tips on How to Make Slow Cooker Pork Roast

  • Be generous with the seasonings.
  • When chopping vegetables, make sure all vegetables are cut the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Brown the pork shoulder on all sides before placing it in the slow cooker. When you do this, make sure the olive oil in your cast iron skillet is HOT. We go for a quick browning that browns the meat perfectly.
  • We recommend cooking your pork shoulder in the crock pot at HIGH for 6-8 hours.

cuts of pork image.

roast pork in a slow cooker

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to add liquid to Slow Cooker Pork?

Yes, we recommend adding liquid to slow cooker pork! It creates a delicious sauce and adds moisture to the cooking environment to keep the pork nice and moist.

What can I substitute for red wine or balsamic vinegar?

If you can’t make red wine or balsamic vinegar, feel free to substitute more broth. However, we highly recommend following the recipe as written for the best flavor!

Can you cook roast pork in a crock pot for too long?

It’s hard to overcook a pork roast! There is a sweet spot when the pork becomes tender and falls off the bone. When that happens. keep an eye on the pig before it gets mushy!

How do I flavor roast pork?

You can season the pork with any of your favorite spices. We recommend the best dry marinade for pork. No matter what spice seasoning you use, be sure to use plenty of SALT!


To store this Slow Cooker Pork Roast, allow the pork to cool completely before placing in an airtight container. You can keep the pork roast in the fridge for up to 7 days!

Pork roast on a plate.

What about the roast pork?

Pork roast goes well with just about anything! It tends to be a heavier meal, so pairing it with something a bit lighter is always a good idea! Here are our favorite combinations with this Slow Cooker Pork Roast!

pork roast with vegetables on tray.

Pork Roast In Crock Pot

The tastiest slow cooker pork roast is made with delicious pork dry rub, tons of root vegetables, and a flavorful sauce. Make this Crock Pot Pork Roast today!

Homework:25 minutes

Cook:8 hours

Total:8 hours 25 minutes

Fat 17

carbohydrates 38

Protein 37


  • 6 medium russet potatoes dismembered
  • 1 medium white onion chopped up
  • 6 medium carrots cut into 4 pieces each
  • 4 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 rosemary sprigs packaging
  • 6 thyme sprigs packaging
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken soup


  • 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch


  • First, prepare your pork masa jerky by mixing all the spices together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  • Then prepare the vegetables. Quarter 6 red potatoes, chop one white onion, chop 6 medium carrots into 4 pieces each, and mince 4 garlic cloves.

  • Place the vegetable mixture in the bottom of your crockpot.

  • Next, rub the pork shoulder roast with the dry seasoning. Make sure all the nooks and crannies are covered in rubbing.

  • Heat about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium/high heat. When the olive oil is fragrant, sear the pork shoulder for 2 minutes on each side.

  • Then, place the pork roast in a crock pot on top of the vegetables. Be sure to scrape down the pan to get all the yummy bits of rub off and add it to the slow cooker as well.

  • Create an herb bunch by using twine to tie together the thyme and rosemary and place on top of the pig.

  • Then, in a large Pyrex, mix together the balsamic vinegar, red wine, and chicken broth. Then, pour that on top of the pork roast.

  • Cover the crockpot and turn it to high. Let cook for around 6-8 hours (flipping the pork roast halfway through cooking time if you can, if you can’t, don’t worry!).

  • Remove meat and vegetables from crock pot and discard herb bunch. Using two forks, break up the pork roast into chunks and set aside.

  • Place 1/2 cup of the liquid remaining in the pot in a microwave-safe Pyrex. Beat the cornstarch. Microwave cornstarch mixture for 45 seconds (mixture should be thick and gelatinous). Remove from the microwave and mix the cornstarch mixture with the existing liquid in the pot until it thickens into a thin sauce.

  • Return the pork and vegetables to the crock pot or transfer to a plate and toss toss, coating everything with the sauce.

Tips and Notes

  • If you already have our Homemade Pork Rub on hand, use about 1/2 cup of the rub for a 3-pound piece of meat.
  • Dip: feel free to double the sauce ingredients (balsamic vinegar, red wine, and chicken broth) if you’d like more sauce.
  • Cinnamon: we love how a little cinnamon can really lift the flavors in this Crock Pot Pork Roast. If you don’t like cinnamon, feel free to omit it.

Nutritional information

Calories: 462kcal Carbohydrates: 38gram Protein: 37gram Fat: 17gram Fiber: 3gram Sugar: 13gram

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Photography: The photos taken in this post are by Erin of The Wooden Skillet.

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