Slow-Roasted Pork

16 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 5 hours

Cooking meat slowly at a low temperature produces a tender juicy dish; pork butt, a less expensive cut, is ideal for slow cooking which dissolves both fat and connective tissue, creating a rich and savory sauce.


1 3-lbs pork butt roast; (up to 4 pounds), at room temperature
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce; (I like Lea & Perrins or Colgin*)
3/4 cup light brown sugar; packed
1/2 cup Apple juice
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



*Note: Colgin Gourmet Worcestershire sauce is lightly flavored with Hickory Smoke (an excellent addition).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the rack slightly below the center of the oven.

Place pork in heavy pot with a tight fitting lid that is just large enough to hold roast. Sprinkle pork heavily with Worcestershire sauce; turn it over and sprinkle other side heavily as well. Take handful of brown sugar and "smush" brown sugar all over meat to form a crust. Turn meat over and "smush" brown sugar all over other side. Pour apple juice in bottom of pan, not over meat. Cover tightly.

Place the roast in the oven. Five minutes later, turn oven down to 200 degrees** (use oven thermometer to be sure of oven temperature). Roast without opening the oven door for 4 hours or until meat literally falls apart when you try to lift it with a fork. Break meat apart and remove the bone, push meat down into drippings (if desired, the pan drippings can be de-fatted***). Sprinkle with salt. This salt should not be omitted; it is vital to bring out meat flavors. Serve meat in its delicious juice hot or at room temperature.

Excellent with potato salad and baked beans. Makes great sandwiches.

**Note: If desired, meat can be roasted at 225 degrees instead of 200.

***Note: To remove fat, use a fat seperator or let cool to warm, then refrigerate. When cold, remove solid fat from top with a spoon and discard. Reheat before serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.


This dish can easily be done in a slow cooker. Prepare meat as directed, set slow cooker on high for 30 minutes, then reduce to low and leave all day or overnight, until meat is done and falling-apart tender.

If you make it in advance, refrigerate the dish and remove the crust of fat before reheating.

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Always get rave reviews for my pork! However I omitted the Apple juice and added a cup of cooking sherry.
Savemilo2005 3m ago

jockeboy 3y ago

We loved it. So easy and really tasty. Will add to my favorites.
lisamareeroslan-cormier 3y ago

OMG! I made this using country pork ribs and slow cooked them for 3 hours in a dutch oven on the stove......I can only say "yummo"! The pork just pulled apart perfectly and the sauce reduced down just right!
Dragnfly57 3y ago

Very yummy!!!
amandahylton 4y ago

Figured out last time I made it with Shoulder roast, not pork-butt... BUTT wins! This time it did pull apart the way it's supposed to vs. boiled loin. Couldn't find Butt at my organic or Safeway or Albertsons, but found it at Winco. WInco Wins!... and i've forgotten the value prices at Winco so I'll be going back more often for staples even tho it's a longer trip.
We-Nash 4y ago

Very good and simple to make.
Scuba4fun 4y ago

I have this same recipe in a file somewhere but glad to have found it here. I serve with mashed sweet potatoes and oven roasted carrots, complement the salty smokey apple flavors. Made this many times where it just fell off the bone but last time it was hard not sure why
We-Nash 4y ago

I rarely give a recipe 5 stars. However, it was easy and simple to do here. This was so tasty and juicy a tasty meat. Fell right off the bone. Left it in the crockpot for 12 hours and 8 hours on warm cycle. have have
Savemilo2005 4y ago

Excellent dish! I used a pork shoulder and put a little twist on it and added very finely scotch bonnet peppers and replaced the apple juice with medium dry cider. If you take the lid off at the end and turn the temprature higher you can can get the crispy fat. Definitely going on my frequently cooked checklist! :)
bazaya 4y ago

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