This smoked pork shoulder recipe is slow cooked to perfection which makes the meat tender and delicious! Place the meat in the cooker, add some sugar and forget about it until it dings that it’s done.
My favorite meat is smoked pork shoulder. The end. That is all. I confessed.
I feel better.
Why do I have to confess that it’s my favorite meat? There is no one breathing down my neck demanding to know. And Christopher knows very well that it is my favorite. Ask him, he will tell you that I say it every time I eat this glorious food.
I should probably stop doing that.
I wonder if that will really happen?
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- If you are in the market for a crock pot or slow cooker. Get at least a 6 quart unit. It’s just hubby and myself in our household but it’s perfect as I freeze half of what I cook in it.
- You can either get a shoulder with the bone in or boneless. I do prefer the one with the bone because then I can make pea soup.
- If the meat comes with skin attached, you can either cut it off before you cook it or leave it on as I do.
How to make a smoked pork shoulder
I grab my trusty crockpot and put some brown sugar on the bottom of the ceramic insert. I press it down and smile as I am doing it because – anticipation, my dear friends, anticipation! I save a little of the sugar for the top of the meat.
*I do the smoked shoulder shuffle, which resembles the hustle, but in a very small space.*
Next, comes the smoked pork shoulder picnic cut. The one I bought (pictured below) is 4 pounds. I’m so glad the store sells smoked shoulder in a smaller size. My sister cooks a HUGE shoulder, usually around 9 – 10 pounds. But, since it’s just hubby and I, 3 – 4 pounds will do nicely for us.
I take the shoulder out of its packaging and place it right on top of the brown sugar.
The pork shoulder is screaming, “Give me some sugar, baby! Some shu-gah!”
Soooo, I take the rest of the brown sugar and play patty cake with the top of the meat.
Now, I cover the crockpot and set the temperature to high and the timer to 4 hours.
I grab a chair, drag it over to the crockpot and sit and stare at the timer. It’s mesmerizing. Actually it’s boring, so, I get up and go about my day. That’s not to say that I don’t take sneak peeks at the timer, because I do.
It takes at least 2 hours for the brown sugar to melt, so don’t get nervous. There isn’t any need to baste the smoked pork shoulder, so leave it covered!
Two more hours pass and DING! My favorite sound in the whole wide world.
I gallop to the crockpot and whip the cover off, spraying the condensation that accrued on the cover in a pretty arc.
With my big forks, I stab the shoulder, lift it out of the crockpot and place it on a platter to rest at least 15 minutes before I cut into it.
How unfair is that?
Look at that juice, PEOPLE!! Is anyone else as happy as I am this very minute? I think not, I think not!
So, 15 minutes drags on and on and on and on but I persevere and can finally cut into the shoulder.
I cut the skin off and cut some slices.
I pour the juice from the bottom of the crockpot into a little gravy boat. Then I plate the meat with some roasted carrots and potatoes and scream for Christopher. He comes thundering down the stairs and skids to a stop right behind his chair. He sits, grinning in anticipation.
I place his plate in front of him, take off my apron and sit in front of my plate.
I look happily at Christoper and we both dig in. The rest is history.
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I hope you enjoy this smoked pork shoulder recipe as much as I do! And please leave me a comment if you are so inclined as I’d love to hear from you. Tell me what your favorite meat is!
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Smoked Pork Shoulder
- 3.5 pound smoked pork shoulder picnic
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- In the bottom of your crockpot, pat down most of the brown sugar
- Place unwrapped smoked shoulder on top of the brown sugar
- Pat the rest of the brown sugar on the smoked shoulder
- Cover crockpot and set the timer for 4 hours on high
- Once the timer dings, take the shoulder out and place on a platter and let it sit for 15 minutes before cutting into it
- Cut skin off if it came with it