Best Ever Boston Butt Roast in a Slow Cooker

Sunday, August 9, 2020
This is the best ever Boston butt pork roast in a slow cooker.

This Boston butt roast might take a few hours but it's oh so worth it!

The first time I made this, the smell of it cooking was overwhelming delicious that it made my mouth water.

I love using a slow cooker, it makes everything moist, juicy and it's so easy to cook in!

Every kind of meat always is spot-on perfect, no worry about a tough piece of meat or dinner ruined with my cooking methods.

The best part is if there are any leftovers you can turn it into pulled pork using my Jack Daniels sauce recipe for sandwiches or use it to make fried rice for another meal!

I love my Crockpot and use it often.

You can find even more featured on my post for my Best Slow Cooker Recipes.

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this is a pork butt sliced on a carving board and knife

Easy Recipes

If you are busy and have no time to cook, a messy cook, dislike cooking, this is the easiest recipe to wow your family, friends, and guests.

I even have used the disposable slow cooker bags, no mess!

I am the first one to tell you after working a long day I certainly don't wait to come home and stand over a hot stove.

Plus even when I am off, watching kids all day, who has time to fuss or want too!

This is the answer to stay at home moms, working women, and those who hate cooking and cleaning!

Simple, to do, and gourmet tasting as if it were from a 5-star restaurant!

this is a pork roast sliced with broccoli on a black plate

Other Meats I Have Used

  • Pork Shoulder
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • London Broil
  • Chuck Roast
  • Beef Round Roast

this is a pork roast sliced with broccoli on a black plate

Cooking Methods!

Note: Check liquid for Stovetop and Oven Methods ( add more if it drys out at 2 hours)

  • Slow Cooker: cook this cut of meat up to 8 hours on low or 4 to 6 hours on high
  • Instant Pot: Slow cooker mode
  • Stovetop: Deep Dutch Oven, low heat simmer for at least an hour per pound
  • Oven: Oven bags work the best for tender meat cook on 325 for at least 4 hours or more. You can also use a large Dutch Oven Pan, covered, at 325 degrees, the same amount of time.
  • Slow cooking is the way to go, no matter what I decide to cook, I love it the best in methods, easy peasy.

this is my crockpot cooking a pork butt in it

Ingredients for Making Pork Roasts

  • Boston Butt 
  • Seasoning Rub:
  • salt
  • crushed red pepper
  • black pepper
  • white pepper
  • fresh garlic
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • tarragon
  • nutmeg
  • ground thyme
  • marjoram
  • rosemary
  • whole basil
  • applesauce regular or cinnamon flavored
  • Apple Brandy (or more if using a larger roast add more Apple Brandy), or substitute apple cider or water
  • Cooking Oil Spray

this is a pork butt seasoned in the slow cooker

Tips and Suggestions

  1. The secret ingredients added to this recipe makes this the most tender, juicy pork roast ever.
  2. This slow-cooked pork roast is tender, juicy and ultimately makes its own gravy.
  3. You don't really have to make side dishes just add some vegetables to the pot like I did below.
  4. If you choose a different cooking method remember always slow and low heat
  5. If the roast start to loose liquid add more of one of the suggestive liquids in the recipe

this is a seared pork butter in the slow cooker with vegetables

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this is a seasoned pork butt made in the slow cooker

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Boston Butt

Boston butt, or pork butt, is the American name for a cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg and may contain the blade bone.

It is also used for making homemade sausage like Pork Breakfast Sausage or Italian Homemade Sausage Patties.

Boston butt is the most common cut used for pulled pork for barbecues however it makes an economical delicious pork roast when you season it up just right like this recipe.

Also, for a quick delicious hot loaf of bread try my No-Knead Bread Recipe, super simple and fabulous with this meal!

Let me know how you like it in the comments.

Best Ever Boston Butt Roast in a Slow Cooker

Best Ever Boston Butt Roast in a Slow Cooker

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 8 hourTotal time: 8 H & 15 M
This is a fork-tender recipe using Pork Butt. This can be made with several cooking methods. The pork is made with delicious apple brandy or apple juice and several herbs and spices to make the best ever roast you'll ever eat and so easy!


  • 4 lb Boston Butt up to
  • Seasoning Rub:
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole basil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce regular or cinnamon flavored
  • 1/4 cup Apple Brandy (or more if using a larger roast add more Apple Brandy), or substitute apple cider or water
  • Cooking Oil Spray


  1. Spray the pork with cooking spray in your large slow cooker.
  2. Note: Although I don't sear the meat first you can do that if you prefer the outside browned.  Just add a few tablespoons of cooking oil to a pan or on the Sear mode of your instant pot and sear the meat for 4 minutes on each side.
  3. Sprinkle with herbs and spices on top and fatty sides.
  4. Add the applesauce to the bottom with water or brandy.
  5. Slow Cook 4 to 6 hours on high or low 6 to  8 hours.
  6. For Other Cooking Methods:
  7. Instant Pot:  Use the Slow cooker mode or follow directions for pressure cooking in your instruction guide
  8. Stovetop: Deep Dutch Oven, low heat simmer for at least an hour per pound
  9. Oven: Oven bags work the best for tender meat cook on 325 for at least 4 hours or more. You can also use a large Dutch Oven Pan, covered, at 325 degrees, the same amount of time.
  10. Slow cooking is the way to go, no matter what I decide to cook, I love it the best in methods, easy peasy.
  11. This roast falls off the bone. Serve with mashed potatoes and lots of crusty bread Italian Bread!
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this is a pork roast sliced with broccoli on a black plate

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Nice! Tender pork that falls of the bone...perfect for these colder and colder evenings.

  2. Claudia,
    That is one great looking port roast! The crockpot in our kitchen needs one of these soon!

  3. Wow, what a great technique, Claudia. Your pork roast looks fantastic, and I can think of many other ways to use this method of cooking. Thanks so much!

  4. The roast looks so darn succulent and delish!

  5. You have so many great Crockpot recipes. This one also looks so good. I wish I had more counter space so I could get a Crockpot. They look like they would really come in handy.

  6. This looks like a great recipe, I love all the spices you have in there!

  7. Those fabulous spices would create an inviting aroma. Having that sweetly fall off the bone is my favorite. The fact that you can let it cook while you do something else is perfect.

  8. I love roasts cooked in the crockpot! I bet this was incredibly tender and moist! And so flavorful with that rub.

  9. Oh my gosh Claudia this sounds so delicious. The applesauce on the bottom is ingenious! I made one in the oven for Sunday dinner. Too bad for me you didn't post this Saturday, I used apple juice!

  10. Beautiful flavours in a beautiful roast!! I don't think I could ever be vegetarian in your house Claudia *sigh*

  11. Great minds think alike indeed! Your flavor combinations are bold, interesting and exciting. Never thought of posting the slow cooker option in my post....very clever.

  12. Holy cow- or should I say Holy pig, Claudia. That looks amazing. So often slow cooker meats feel waterlogged but that looks perfect. Thanks!!! Kate @kateiscooking

  13. I've got a husband that would torture me into making that delicous looking roast for him if he saw the photos and your post. BACK AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER NOW! TED!!!!
    Delicious! - and I thought it was something (or someone ;) ) that I might want to be on the look out for in the Boston Marathon. Especially since I'll be looking at alot of behinds at my pace.

  14. Crockpot meals are so wonderful in the winter time. I can't wait to try this!

  15. You have such amazing Crockpot recipes...the boys would love this :)

  16. That pork looks so mouthwatering! Yum.

  17. Looks like a crockpot winner! I'm printing this off to try next week. I especially love that it's more than just a can of soup thrown in with it.

  18. This is my absolute new favorite way to make a pork roast! Delicious!!

  19. The best roast! So tender and delicious!

  20. I had to get rid of my slow cooker when I moved to the US, but now I want to buy another one so that I can make this recipe!! Thank you so much for this recipe, bookmarked for when I buy another slow cooker ;)

  21. Excellent recipe! Going to try this on my chuck roast.

  22. So tender and really simple to make - thank you!!

  23. I can't wait to give this a try! My family is going to love this recipe!

  24. the seasonings in this make it so flavorful and the cooking method so tender. The perfect roast and the leftovers are delicious for sandwiches!

  25. This is the perfect Sunday dinner! The combination of spices are out of this world!

  26. Going to prepare this for my parents when they come over for dinner. Trying to impress them and think this recipe will do it. Thanks!

  27. This was delicious! I especially loved the flavor the tarragon and oregano added, and it's super simple.

  28. Oh yum! It has been weeks since I have pulled out my slow cooker. This looks like the perfect recipe to get back into it. So much flavor!

  29. Another great recipe for my slow cooker! Served this for dinner last night and it was a hit all around the table! Easily, a new favorite recipe!

  30. What a perfect roast! It looks so tender and juicy ... I want a slice right now!

  31. This turned out perfectly. Made it for an extended family dinner and I got several "delicious" reactions. Thanks for sharing.

  32. I love using my slow cooker. This pork butt is sure to please the family. Perfect for Sunday dinner.

  33. Boston butt roast is indeed my favorite cut of meat. Especially when its slow cooked. It was delicious!

  34. This pork literally the most tender and moist meat I've ever had. It was delicious too!! Thank God I had some leftovers. I made sandwiches with it the next day. :)

  35. What a great dinner idea! I love how this comes together so simply and makes such a lovely meal. So tasty and deslih.

  36. I love using my crockpot for big chunks of meat like this as it comes out so tender! Love all the flavors from the herbs and spices, too! A must-make!

  37. Meat looks perfectly cooked. So tender and extra delicious with that rub on it. I'm going to give this recipe a try.

  38. What a great recipe to make in the crockpot. Love the well spiced meat. It is so tender and has a beautiful flavor.

  39. Looks so flavorful, juicy and delicious! Will be great with mashed potatoes and a salad.

  40. So incredibly tender and juicy!

  41. I love how fall apart tender this Boston butt recipe came out. The whole family loved it!

  42. This turned out so flavorful in the slow cooker! Loved it.

  43. This roast comes out so juicy and tender. It's a great meal to make for Sunday family dinners.

  44. This turned out so tender and flavorful. It definitely is a keeper.


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