Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder is such a gorgeous and equally delicious roast.

It is so easy to prepare and always turns out extremely flavorful and tender!

It is absolutely heavenly with a wonderful pan gravy. Just look at this roast!

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder on a platter with a side of gravy


This roast is glorious when served during the holidays, but we love it so much, we make it year-round.

Watch us show you how easy it is to prepare this amazing Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder!


Pork shoulder’s are easily found in the meat department of most well-stocked supermarkets. Although we love to get our from our favorite location butcher.  You can always get excellent quality roasts when ordering from D’Artagnan Foods.


A knife and fork cutting a slow roasted pork shoulder

EXPERT TIP: You’ll want to use an instant-read thermometer to ensure you reach the perfect temperature for this roast.  The ideal internal temperature is 145°F.

We love the roast to be just a little pink on the inside. There is absolutely no health risk for a little pinkness, and the flavor is incredible.

Oh, you had us at: Roasted Pork Shoulder.

Sliced slow roasted pork shoulder on a platter with gravy


Of course gravy is a must with this incredible slow roasted pork shoulder.

Make a simple roux in a large skillet by melting 2 tbsp of fat (such as pan drippings, bacon grease, or butter). Next, add 2 tbsp of flour and stir until incorporated.  Cook for a couple minutes.  To the roux, whisk in 2 cups chicken stock with salt and pepper, stir until thickened.  Now you’ve got a perfect pan gravy for this roast.


Pan gravy pouring onto a slow roasted pork shoulder


We love getting a bone-in pork shoulder. Talk about flavor!

We save the bone and then use it when we’re making our incredible New Orleans Red Beans and Rice!

I mean, come on…just look at this beauty!

Sliced slow roasted pork shoulder with gravy on top.

We just can’t rave enough about this Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder.

And you can’t believe how easy it is to prepare.

This is truly a dish you will keep in your rotation for one of those meals that is so impressive, and not much trouble at all. Mmmmmm.

Gravy being poured onto slow roasted pork shoulder

Ready to impress? Go for it and make this amazing roast. You and your loved ones will be so happy that you did.

And when you make it, be sure to take a picture, post on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and #howtofeedaloon!

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder on a platter with knife and fork

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

This Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder is so flavorful and is really quite simple. Slow cook until juicy. Garlic and a couple herbs make this roast sing! Use the left-over bone for stocks or when cooking up red beans and rice!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crown roast, Holiday Roast, Pork, Slow-Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 281kcal


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic chopped, plus 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 lb pork butt shoulder


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  • Liberally sprinkle salt and pepper all over the roast. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and sage.
  • Using a small brush, or your hands, spread the mixture all over the pork butt.
  • Make slits in the meat, about 1/2-inch wide and deep. Insert the garlic slices into the slits.
  • Set the meat on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast reads 145°F, about 25 minutes per pound.  
  • Remove the roast from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Slice and serve!



Be sure to select a pork butt, which is actually from the shoulder.  Bone-in adds even more flavor.
Because oven temperatures vary, as well as the size of the roast, we recommend using an instant read meat thermometer to ensure doneness. The internal temperature should be 145°F.
Left-overs can stay refrigerated for 5 to 7 days.  The sliced roast can also be frozen for up to 2 months. 


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • 5 stars
    Is 25min a pound still ok if roast is 12lbs? Just want to make sure the meat next to the bone is cooked through.

    Thank you

    • Hi Kyle, you should be just fine. Although, the only way to be 100% sure is to insert a meat thermometer. You’ll want the internal temp to be between 140 and 150°F. Hope this helps! Let us know how it turns out! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Hey guys! Just me again. I have made this so many times. Made again last night. Cooked it at a little lower temp this time (300) and a little longer. Then did a reverse sear at 475 for about 10 minutes after it rested. That gave me some time to get the sides ready ( your perfect mashed potatoes and green beans) as well as your heavenly buttery gravy. Since it had already rested before the reverse sear, I just sliced it immediately and it was beyond fabulous. What I love about your recipes is that they are fabulous to start with. After several times making the recipe then you can add your own twist to it. I’m also still loving your membership site. Wonderful recipes that are just yours with reminders of time to get my butt moving to get dinner ready on time. The site is easily navigated and I love the save recipe feature. It’s always my go to site for recipes. Thanks for including me in your site. And thanks again for making me look like a way better cook than I am. Hoping that you and Wes had a fabulous New Year. Keep the recipes coming, my friends.

    • 5 stars
      Diane, great timing on your post. I fixed the Pork Shoulder this evening for the 10+ time (I have the rub recipe memorized) and decided to give the flash fry a try. WOW! Amazing finish. Most of the “fat cap” gets peeled away, but the fry caramelized that cap. Thank You! Pan gravy tonight was absolutely delicious!

      Another awesome success Kris & Wes.

    • Diane! You are an amazing home cook! We LOVE that you did a reverse sear! And the meal sounds absolutely stunning! As always, THANK YOU so much for sharing and for the great reviews. We appreciate that more than you’ll ever know! Happy New Year! We honestly hope 2023 is beautiful in every way for you and your loved ones! Keep on cooking!

  • 5 stars
    This roast is AMAZING!!! Honestly, I don’t even like pork as a general rule…unless it’s bacon or breaded and deep fried lol. But this is seriously wonderful, so easy and worth the wait. If you’re reading it and thinking that’s too much garlic, it’s not. When it’s done, it doesn’t have a strong garlic taste at all. It’s simply perfect and so tender. Try it. You won’t regret it.

    • Shay!!! Woo hoo!! We are thrilled you made the roast pork shoulder and had such great success with it! We appreciate you sharing with us and the GREAT review! That honestly means so so much to us! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Forgot to leave the stars on yesterday’s comment. Now, it’s the next day – what’s the best way to reheat this meat? As a roast, or as slices? In a hot oven or warm oven, or microwave?

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely fabulous!! Tried this recipe today while cooking my first pork shoulder butt roast, and it is so delish and so moist and so tender that I was even able to feed it to my son with physical disabilities that include a swallowing disorder!! I’ve never even eaten a pork shoulder butt before, but it will now be a regular monthly dish. Love, love, love the fresh herbs!! Thank you!!

    • So so sorry for the delayed response! We are thrilled you enjoyed the pork roast! You really can’t go wrong in re-heating it. We recommend slicing and placing in a dish, cover it with foil, and heat in a 350F oven for about 15 minutes. But, you could certainly microwave slices briefly, too. You’ve probably already figured it out for yourself! Again…thanks so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review. That means the world to us!!

  • 5 stars
    Hey Kris,
    Please give Wes our love from the mountains of Colorado. And keep some for yourself. I sincerely hope Wes is recovering well and you guys are enjoying your new surroundings just south of us now.
    FWIW, your blog is the only one I follow because I get the best sense of you guys being genuine and sincere in what you say and who you are.

    • We can’t even begin to thank you enough! Wesley is doing wonderfully! This March will be our 5 years anniversary of the transplant. There is never a day that goes by that we don’t count our blessings. Especially for the amazing doctors and caregivers, but especially for the family who made the unthinkable difficult decision that ultimately saved Wesley’s life. We so very much appreciate your love and support and we love hearing from you. We hope you are staying warm in Colorado! We are having a very unusually cold spell with sleet, snow, and frigid temps at the moment!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I have never posted a comment on a recipe before, but felt like I needed to on here. I have made this roast several times and it is AMAZING. I have six kids (so I’m of course making a massive roast lol) and all six of my kids love it. I don’t really even like pork, and I love this too. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • Hi Kathy!! We are so so happy you and your wonderful family are loving the slow roasted pork shoulder recipe! We agree that it’s pretty delicious!! Thank you so much for letting us know!!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was delicious! I had a boneless 3 lb pork shoulder blade (that’s what the butcher called it) and followed the instructions exactly except, I did cook till my thermometer said 165 degrees. It took 2 1/2 hours and was melt in your mouth perfect! So good that this is the first time EVER I have posted a comment on a recipe I’ve tried and I try LOTS of recipes off the internet… Great job Kris & Wesley! I look forward to trying other recipes that you post!

    • Hi Judy!! You have no idea how happy this makes us! We are over-the-moon excited that you had such great success with the pork shoulder! Thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the wonderful review! That honestly means the world to us!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I was hesitant in trying yet another pork shoulder recipe but boy was I ever so pleased with this one! It was by far the best piece of pork I ever had! I also really enjoyed the video to go with it! Thank you very much !

    • Hi Celine! So sorry for the delayed response! We are so THRILLED you had such great success with our roasted pork shoulder recipe! And we’re glad the video was helpful (and hopefully a little fun, too!). Thank you so very much for letting us know and for the wonderful review! That honestly means the world to us!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Grew up with a similar recipe and I’m hoping to recreate. I love the herb addition. And I’m loving the vibe I’m getting from you two. You have a new fan

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