Pork Roast

For me, cooking is magic. It’s a perfect moment to get a pork shoulder on the bone and slow roast it in your oven. I’m not an Insta pot or slow cooker gal–my favorite tool for slow cooking is the oven. And I’m not criticizing anyone that is. I’m just saying that there is no substitute for the magic that happens in the oven with this unimaginably delicious pork shoulder which happens to be incredibly simple. The other day I shared my journey of making this, and so many of you were interested in the outcome, so: here it is, and it is quite simply perfection! You can’t cheat this process if you want crust like this. Join me in making it the old fashioned way and let me know what you think. Cooking is magic and it soothes the soul, so bring your people together and enjoy it as group.

Jesse Tyler Impersonating Me



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pork roast

Pork Roast

  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 eight-pound pork shoulder on the bone
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 1 T fresh oregano
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 250º.

2. Salt and pepper the pork shoulder on all sides and place in baking dish leaving fat side up. Remove thyme and oregano leaves off the sprigs and sprinkle on the top of the pork.

3. Cook uncovered in the oven for 6 hours. Top with the garlic.

4. Return to the oven and cook for 2 hours.

5. Remove, cool and serve.

Keywords: slow roasting, pork roast recipe

11 thoughts on “Pork Roast

  1. Will it make a difference if I used the boneless one? It’s in the oven for 3 hours already annd it looks dry…no liquid coming out…

  2. Can you give alternative cooking instructions for a smaller boneless pork shoulder? It’s just for two and we aren’t *always* very good about eating leftovers for days. Thanks!

    1. I’d love to know time adjustments for a smaller, say 4 pound roast or if this method wouldn’t work with a smaller roast. Thanks!

      1. It’s not going to be substantially less, you can cut off an hour of cook time. its low and slow and you just want it falling off the bone.

  3. Liz Phillips @bell1331 December 30, 2017 — 8:49 pm

    Made this tonight for my annual gift exchange dinner with the in laws! The roast turned out heavenly and the magic elixir drippings were amazing! Thanks for another great recipe idea!

  4. So excited to cook this. How long for a 4lb shoulder?

    1. I’m also doing a smaller 4lb pork shoulder tonight! Let me know what time adjustments you made, I really want to make sure it’s perfect!!

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