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Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Recipe

Crock pot pork shoulder on a plate with gravy

Slow cooker pork shoulder recipe is an easy and flavor-filled meal for the family. The shredded pork is perfect resting on top of mashed potatoes with gravy or as a sandwich on a toasty sesame seed bun.

An Easy Crock Pot Dinner Recipe

The recipe is super easy and you can prep it in about 10 minutes. Plus, the meal will cook in the slow cooker while you’re at work or doing something else (and not worrying about dinner).

I love cooking dinner in the Crock Pot. You can get it ready in the morning in a matter of minutes and let it cook throughout the day.

You’ll come home to a wonderfully moist and flavorful dinner.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love this Slow cooker pork chops and gravy recipe and this slow cooker pot roast.

Be sure to watch the video to see how the pork shoulder roast recipe is made.

This pork shoulder with gravy recipe will feed a lot of people and it’s not terribly expensive, either. I will buy meat when it’s on sale and then freeze it until I am ready for it.

What Do I Need To Make This Pork Shoulder Roast Recipe?

  • Crock Pot
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Can of cream of chicken soup
  • Can of cream of mushroom soup
  • Onion soup/dip mix
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour
  • Optional: side of mashed potatoes or buns for shredded pork sandwiches

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed below.

Cooked pork shoulder on a plate on top of mashed potatoes

How Do I Make the Pork Shoulder Recipe?

  1. Add the cream of chicken and mushroom soups to a bowl.
  2. Next, add the onion soup/dip mix, salt, pepper, and water to the bowl and mix.
  3. Now, add the pork shoulder to a greased Crock Pot and pour the gravy mixture over the top.
  4. Set the Crock Pot for 8 hours on low and cover with the lid.
  5. After 8 hours, remove the meat and place into a large bowl. Remove all of the bones from the bowl and make sure there are no more bones in the Crock Pot. (You can check the temperature of the meat with a thermometer, which should read 145-degrees. If the pork falls apart easily, it is done).
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the liquid in the Crock Pot and whisk.
  7. Return the meat (without bones) to the Crock Pot, replace the lid and cook at least 45-minutes to one hour while the gravy thickens.
  8. Serve.

Need a delicious pork appetizer? Give cream cheese sausage balls with bacon a try.

How To Make Pork Shoulder With Gravy

Cream of chicken soup in a bowl

Start by adding the cream of chicken soup to a medium-sized bowl. 

Can of cream of chicken soup and mushroom soup in a glass bowl

Next, add the cream of mushroom soup to the bowl. 

Onion mix with cream of chicken and mushroom soups in a glass bowl

Now, add the onion soup/dip mix to the bowl.

The onion soup mix is packed full of flavor and will taste amazing.

Onion mix, salt, pepper, and cream of chicken and mushroom soup in a bowl

Add the salt and pepper to the mix. 

This looks like a ton of salt, but it’s not. It’s just an up close picture.

Salt and pepper are optional as the onion soup mix is already somewhat salty.

Water being poured into the slow cooker pork shoulder recipe

Pour the water into the ingredients and mix well. 

Pork shoulder in a slow cooker

Grease the Crock Pot with non-stick spray and add the pork shoulder. 

Pork shoulder in the slow cooker with gravy

Pour the gravy mixture over the top.

When the pork cooks, it will release a lot of liquid and sometimes it comes out thick, but if not you can add some flour after the cooking process, which is what I do in the pictures below.

Pork shoulder in the slow cooker with gravy

Once you’re done cooking the pork, after about eight hours, remove the meat from the Crock Pot and place it into a large bowl.

Remove the bones from the slow cooker, and the bones from the bowl of pork. 

You can see in the picture above that there’s quite a bit of liquid. If it’s not thick, you can add flour, as shown below.

How do I know when my pork is done?

There are a couple of ways to check if the pork is done. First, you can use a thermometer and if your pork is at or above the 145-degree mark, your food is done.

Just be sure not to allow the thermometer to touch the bone or you will get an incorrect reading.

Once the temp reaches 145-allow the meat to rest for several minutes before eating. (If you want fall-off the bone meat, you might need to cook it a little longer).

When the meat falls apart, it’s done. You will notice after at least eight hours of cooking on low heat that the pork will most likely be falling apart when you lift it with a fork.

If it’s not, you can cook it longer until it does fall apart.

Shredded pork in a bowl

Remove all of the bones. While cooking, the bones help give the dish a lot of flavor, plus there is collagen in the bones and that is so healthy for you.

Flour in a Crock Pot with juices from pork shoulder

While the pork is in the bowl and you’ve removed the bones, add some flour to the liquid, which will help it thicken.

Whisk the flour and return the pork to the slow cooker for at least 45-minutes to one hour.

This will give the gravy time to thicken and cook more.

Shredded pork on mashed potatoes

Once you’ve cooked the meat, remove it and serve over mashed potatoes, or add to a bun for dinner.

Pouring gravy with a spoon over shredded pork

Spoon the gravy over the top and you have a great meal.

Other sides that go well with pork shoulder: 

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Recipe

Check out the slow cooker pork shoulder recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a great meal for the entire family and I think you’ll really love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your meal on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!

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Crock pot pork shoulder on a plate with gravy

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

Slow cooker pork shoulder recipe is the perfect meal for the family. The shredded pork is perfect resting on top of mashed potatoes with gravy or as a sandwich on a toasty sesame seed bun. The recipe is easy and will cook while you're at work or away from home in the Crock Pot. 

Ingredients

  • 1 - 4 lb pork shoulder (Boston butt roast)
  • 1 - 10.5 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 - 10.5 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 - 2 oz. pack onion soup/dip mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbs. flour to thicken gravy

Instructions

  1. Add the cans of chicken and mushroom soup to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Next, add the onion soup/dip mix, salt, pepper, and water. Mix well.
  3. Place the pork shoulder in the greased Crock Pot.
  4. Pour the gravy mixture over the pork.
  5. Close the lid and set the Crock Pot for 8 hours on low.
  6. After the pork shoulder cooks, remove the meat from the Crock Pot and place it into a large bowl.
  7. Remove the bones from the bowl of pork and the Crock Pot. Dispose of the bones.
  8. If the gravy is too runny, add two tablespoons of flour and whisk.
  9. Add the meat back to the Crock Pot and replace the cover.
  10. Allow the meal to cook at least one more hour to allow the gravy to thicken.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 36g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Molly

Sunday 18th of September 2022

AMAZING !!! MADE THIS WITH MASHED POTATOES AND SAUTÉED RED ONION GARLIC SPINACH AS A SIDE. WITH BISCUITS 5 STARS 🌟

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 20th of September 2022

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Mindi

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Had a 6.5# shoulder so I did crm mushroom, crm chicken and a can of crm chicken & mushroom. Also didn't add salt or water to the sauce. Used 3T flour at the end and served over mashed potatoes. This is a new family favorite- so delicious, thank you!

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 31st of July 2022

Sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I will have to try it that way. I love to try these recipes in different ways!

Krista

Friday 15th of July 2022

Will a pork loin work

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 16th of July 2022

Hi Krista, yes, a pork loin will work great.

Mary Stafford

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Can you cook it on high?

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 28th of May 2022

You can. You should be able to cut the time in half. Just make sure it's the correct temperature. And, the meat should fall apart. Hope you enjoy it!

Michael Madin

Monday 28th of March 2022

Made per recipe and it turned out nice & moist and will make again.

Mine created a lot of liquid and I had to bail some out of the slow cooker fearing it would overflow.

One issue: "...if your pork is at or above the 145-degree mark, your food is done." It may be safe to eat at 145 but to make fall-off the bone pulled pork it's best to wait until it reaches 180+.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 28th of March 2022

Hi Michael,

Sometimes the pork will put out a lot of liquid. That has happened to me before. Glad you liked it!

Very true about the fall-off the bone temp! Thank you!

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