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Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Recipe

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.

The recipe calls for a few simple ingredients and will become one of your favorite recipes.

The Best Pork Roast With Minimal Effort

Crock pot pork shoulder on a plate with gravy

Pork shoulder goes by several names including pork butt, Boston butt, blade roast, and picnic shoulder, among other names.

But, no matter what you call it, the tender pork tastes amazing and is a hearty and comforting meal.

An Easy Crock Pot Dinner Recipe

The slow cooker pork roast 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 in the recipe card 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
  • Pork shoulder
  • 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 eight hours on low and cover with the lid.
  5. After 8 hours, remove the meat and place it 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 for 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 to the bottom of the slow cooker. 

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 The Pork is Done?

There are a couple of ways to check if the pork is done.

  • First, you can use a digital meat 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 internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, 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. 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 it 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 side dishes that go well with pork shoulder: 

More Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker chicken and gravy is a comforting meal that is easy to make. The recipe is a great way to get the kids to the table fast. Slow cooker pork roast with vegetables is a great recipe for the winter months because it’s a soup that is perfect for warming you up after a cold day. And you only need a handful of ingredients for the recipe.

Slow cooker pork tenderloin is another great slow cooker meal that doesn’t take a lot of work to get started.

For the best results add the dry rub, let it marinate for 24 hours, and then keep it on the low setting in the Crock Pot and cook it all day for a tender and juicy meal.

Seasoning and Flavoring Options for Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder

One of the great things about this slow cooker dish is the versatility it offers. Here are a few ideas of how to change things up a little:

  1. Asian-inspired – Season the pork with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a little brown sugar. It will make it deliciously sweet and savory. Serve with steamed rice or noodles.
  2. Mexican-inspired – add some kick to your pork shoulder by adding chili powder, cumin, paprika, and oregano. This combination of flavors will give the meat smoky, earthy flavors that are perfect for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas.
  3. Mediterranean-inspired – Season the pork shoulder with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Pair it with some roasted vegetables or a fresh salad.
  4. BBQ-Inspired – Cover the shoulder with a homemade BBQ rub. Combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and a touch of cayenne pepper for a sweet and smoky seasoning that will make your pork shoulder irresistible.

Should I Cook Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder On High Or Low?

Pork shoulder will be more tender if you cook it on the low slow cooker setting.

How To Store Pork Shoulder

Store the pork shoulder in an airtight container or cover with some plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.

What To Do With Leftover Pork

You can reheat the pork for another main course or try some pulled pork tacos, add the pork to some vegetable broth and potatoes and make a soup, or create a dish your favorite way.

Add a little bit of homemade barbecue sauce and make a sandwich out of it.

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!

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. 


  • 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


  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.


Some people like to add chicken broth instead of water for additional flavor.

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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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Monday 18th of September 2023

Delicious! Total comfort food. It actually reminded me of my childhood, my mom use to pan sear pork chops with cream of mushroom soup on top and served it over rice. The flavor of this and the tenderness of the roast is amazing!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I love it when recipes remind people of their childhood and family! Thanks for sharing!

Vicki Garcia

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Easy and delicious!! A huge hit at my house! My new go to...I will definitely make this again!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 24th of August 2023

Love to hear that! We love it here, too!


Wednesday 21st of June 2023

Hi, I just found this recipe for the Bone-In Pork Shoulder I have. My Shoulder weighs 7.8lbs, should I double the recipe, or is it fine as is? Thank you.

Julie Pollitt

Friday 23rd of June 2023

Hi Rose,

I would double the recipe, but you might have to put it in two slow cookers if it doesn't fit into one.


Saturday 17th of June 2023

How can I do this recipe with a 9 lb-er?

Julie Pollitt

Monday 19th of June 2023

I would say you probably would need to add another Crock Pot to make that much.

Beth Mulgrew

Sunday 5th of February 2023

Comfort food at it's simplest and best! The Official Food Taster (aka my husband), said "Delicious!" I didn't tell him how simple it was though, ha ha! Let him think I slaved in the kitchen! I used a boneless roast and it was fine. An excellent choice for a dinner for a large family or guests, so you have time/energy to devote to the rest of the meal. Thanks for the recipe!

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

That's awesome! I love to hear that! Thanks for coming by and sharing.

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