Sometimes I cook something for dinner that’s too delicious not to share on my blog. This slow cooker party pork recipe is one of those recipes.
My husband I were both grew up with moms who cooked really, really good food. Whenever I eat delicious, comfort-type food I always think of my mom. I’m pretty confident in my cooking skills, but most days I feel like I’m still working on cooking food like that.
If you’ve never cooked with bone-in meats before, this is the perfect recipe to get started. While I cook with boneless meats too, I have to say that cooking with the bones makes the meat so much more juicy and flavorful. Whenever bone-in pork roasts go on sale at the grocery store, I stock up and freeze them with sauces using my homemade freezer meal tips for beginners.
This slow cooker party pork recipe was inspired by the cocktail meatballs that are cooked with grape jelly and chili sauce. The sauce combo is perfect – sweet, but not too sweet and super flavorful.
With only four ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this.
Slow Cooker Party Pork Recipe
- 2-3lb bone-in pork shoulder (sometimes labeled as a “boston butt” or “pork butt”)
- 1 cup grape jelly
- 1 cup ketchup (we like Simply Heinz)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- Add pork to your slow cooker.
- Combine jelly, ketchup, and allspice in a bowl, and then pour over pork.
- Add lid to slow cooker and cook on “low” for 8-12 hours. (The time will depend on the strength of your slow cooker.)
- Remove pork from your slow cooker and separate the meat from bone with a fork. (The meat should fall off the bone.)
- Strain the juice left in your slow cooker and serve as a gravy with the meat.
Serve on sandwich buns with a side salad. Yum!
Hello Kelly, I live in England and I wonder what would be a good substitute for Grape jelly….maybe Apple sauce? Do you think that would work?
The Crockpot is pretty versatile, so applesauce would probably work. I’m just not sure that the final product would taste very similar. Do you have access to any type of jams? I explained how I make peach jam in my crockpot here:
Hello Kelly, Thanks for replying. Yes I have access to jam. Would Apricot work? Lorna.
Yes, and I think I would pick that over applesauce. If you have grape jam or strawberry jam, even better!
Bit of a delayed reaction, haven’t been on for a while. No grape jam, but we have strawberry. Thanks for replying. Lorna.
Heya sorry to jump on, but i also live abroad and we dont have grape jelly or blackcurrant jam as someone else mentioned but i was wondering if cranberry jam/jelly could be used as a substitute and if it would be truer to taste?
Black currant jam would be more true to flavor.
Do you think I could mix up the ‘gravy’ and put it over the meat and then freeze the whole thing? I do freezer meals for my crockpot so many times!!
Yes! I freeze all of the ingredients raw in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. Freezes great! 🙂
This might be a dumb question but what other could you use/substitute for All Spice? And how many does it feed? Thanks 🙂
I’ve never tried it, but I found this substitute from google: http://www.food.com/recipe/allspice-substitute-258672
A 2.5lb bone-in pork roast will yield about 6 servings of 1/2 cup of shredded meat.
Hope you love the recipe!
Can you cook this recipe and Dr pepper pork recipe in crock pot then freeze after it cooked?
I don’t see why not.
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