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Slow cooker party pork recipe

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.

Until now.

Slow Cooker Party Pork Recipe from @kellymcnelis

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 - ingredients

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


  1. Add pork to your slow cooker.
  2. Combine jelly, ketchup, and allspice in a bowl, and then pour over pork.
  3. Add lid to slow cooker and cook on “low” for 8-12 hours.  (The time will depend on the strength of your slow cooker.)
  4. Remove pork from your slow cooker and separate the meat from bone with a fork.  (The meat should fall off the bone.)
  5. 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!

Slow Cooker Party Pork Recipe

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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?


Hello Kelly, Thanks for replying. Yes I have access to jam. Would Apricot work? Lorna.


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!!


This might be a dumb question but what other could you use/substitute for All Spice? And how many does it feed? Thanks 🙂


Can you cook this recipe and Dr pepper pork recipe in crock pot then freeze after it cooked?


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