Roasted Pork Shoulder, Low & Slow | Pork Shoulder Recipe (2024)

An amazing slow-roasted pork shoulder recipe for the oven. Your kitchen will smell delightful all day!

I’ve been thinking about how to make a slow-roasted pork shoulder for a while now.

My husband has a Green Egg and makes some fabulous meats on it.

Spatchco*ck chicken (I had to look up how to spell that!), steaks, swordfish (yes, he does!), and of course, a pork butt (Boston butt).

I wanted to see if I could do a pork shoulder in the oven.

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Oven Roasted Pork Shoulder

A pork shoulder is a large cut of meat, but it usually sells at a very reasonable price.

This bargain always draws me in at the grocery store!

You can oven-roast this cut, or you can smoke it, or grill it.

Typically, my husband smokes a pork shoulder or a pork butt on his Green Egg.

But, I don’t want to have to rely on him to cook this all the time. I wanted to create my own recipe that I could use in our oven.

While you may think that I could rock this recipe because I’m aregistered dietitian(and don’t all professional nutritionists cook?!), I don’t intuitively know how to cook meats.

Which means, I had to do a little research.

In this article, you’ll learn about how to cook a shoulder of pork, the cooking time, and some of my favorite side dishes to serve with a roasted pork shoulder.

Pork Shoulder Roasts: Bone-In versus Boneless Pork

For this recipe, I had a hard time deciding if I should get the boneless pork shoulder roast or the bone-in version.

I’ve always heard that the bone-in pork shoulder roast would yield a more flavorful dish.

So, as you can see for this recipe, I decided to go with a bone-in pork shoulder. I think any cut of pork roast with the bone in will do.

But here’s the story: I bought a pork shoulder roast with the intention of oven-roasting it, but I didn’t actually have a bone-in pork shoulder recipe for the oven.

How to Cook Pork Shoulder in a Low Temperature Oven

I knew I’d need to do some research before I ventured into roasting this big hunk of pork.

When I bought the pork, my family wasn’t around, so it didn’t make sense to roast a huge pork shoulder for little old me. (But it did make sense to get the great price I did!)

So I put it in the freezer and set out to research the perfect slow-roasted pork shoulder recipe.

I looked into lots of recipes and researched the cooking time because I knew that would be a critical component.

Ultimately, after all that investigation, I came up with my own recipe.

(That’s often what I do with cooking: research a bunch of recipes to get the general gist of ingredient combinations, get inspired, and create my own. I did that with thisSlow Cooker Shredded Beef recipe.)

And, from that, I created arubbed and pulled pork recipe in the Crock Pot.

If you hang out with me onmy Facebook page, you know I’ve been looking for a super easy way to make roasted pork shoulder using a low and slow cooking method.

Some of you even gave me your tried and true recipes!

After weeks of thinking about it, I did it.

I finally pulled that 10# pork shoulder out of my freezer, defrosted it (that only took a full day!) and roasted it for a Sunday night dinner.

It was lovely. (Just look at that picture!)

It filled the house with an incredible aroma.

And, it gave me leftovers…ah, leftovers. Hello, barbecue pork sandwiches! Pork nachos!

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Slow Cooking for Roast Pork Shoulder

Slow roasting a pork shoulder in the oven means you are cooking it all day long.

In fact, it’ll take you about 7 or 8 hours to get that mouth-watering, falling-off-the-bone result. It’s a long time!

I like a long, slow roast, especially in the fall and winter.

There is nothing like filling your home with the aroma of a roasted meat in the oven.

So, I prepped the bone-in pork shoulder in a roasting pan in the morning, put it in the oven, and basically forgot about it.

How to Prepare a Pork Shoulder Roast

A pork shoulder typically has a thick skin on it.

You’ll want to rinse it off first and pat it dry with paper towels.

Then, score the skin with a sharp knife (make deep slashes in it).

This allows the spice rub to soak into the meat.

The spice mixture is a dry rub of simple ingredients. Place the spice rub on the exterior of the pork skin, thoroughly coating it.

Leave the fat cap, a thick layer of fat, on while roasting, as it infuses the meat with fat drippings, keeping it moist and producing a tender meat. (Otherwise, you’ll end up with a dried out pork roast, which won’t be nearly as delicious.)

After you are done roasting the pork, you can peel that thick layer of skin (and fat) off. But if you enjoy the crispy skin, it’s yummy!

Personally, it wasn’t an appealing thing to eat, but I imagine some of you out there would love the flavor.

I didn’t toss it! I used it as a flavor enhancer for my roasted Brussels sprouts.

Quite yummy.

My Favorite Side Dishes for Pork Shoulder Recipes

In addition to the Brussels sprouts, I made some homemade applesauce using apples I had on hand that were on their way O.U.T. (that’s one of the best things you can do with old apples!)

I cooked the apples on the stovetop over a simmering heat, using the recipe fromDinnertime Survival Guideby Sally over at Real Mom Nutrition.

The applesauce was a perfect pairing for the roasted pork and Brussels sprouts.

I know you are chomping at the bit for this recipe!

My creative spin on this picnic roast worked.

Oh, did it work.

Worth mentioning: Before you get started, you will preheat the oven to a high temperature and cook this shoulder at a higher temperature first in the oven, and for a short bit of time, after which, you will lower the heat and roast it for hours. Feel free to use a meat thermometer to gauge your cooking process and progress.

The detailed directions are below.

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Low and Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Additional Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 7 hours 45 minutes

An easy, slow roasted pork shoulder cooked in the oven over low heat.


  • 10# bone-in pork shoulder
  • Rub:
  • 8 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pan Fixins':
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth, plus more for basting
  • 1-12 ounce amber beer
  • 1-2 teaspoons chile flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F
  2. Place pork shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan.
  3. Mix garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano and olive oil in a small bowl.
  4. Rub all over the pork shoulder.
  5. Roast, uncovered, at 450 F for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove the pork shoulder from the oven; decrease heat to 225 F.
  7. Add sliced onions, chicken broth, beer and chili flakes to the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste the pork with the pan liquids.
  8. Tent tin foil over the roast and return to the oven. Check every hour or so and baste the roast with liquids from the pan; add more chicken broth if needed.
  9. Roast about 7 to 8 hours, basting every hour.
  10. The roast is done when the internal temperature is 170-175 F.
  11. Let the roast rest for 20-30 minutes. Remove skin and fat before carving.


Use two forks to shred the meat before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 12Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 696mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

This is an estimation of nutritional content.

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What is the best temperature for low and slow pork shoulder? ›

“Low and slow” experts typically recommend keeping the internal air temperature of your smoker at about 225°F (107°C) during the cook. But at that temperature, it can take as long as 18 hours to bring the internal temperature of the pork up to its target of 195-205°F (91-96°C).

How long to cook pork shoulder at 250 in the oven? ›

Roast the pork for 20 minutes, then turn the heat down to 250°F and continue to cook for 4 to 7 hours until the middle of the roast registers 180°F on an internal thermometer, and as you slide the thermometer in you can feel that the meat is very tender throughout.

How long to cook pork shoulder in oven at 225 without? ›

To cook a pork shoulder in the oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit, plan for approximately 6-8 hours of cooking time.
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What is the 3 2 1 method for pork shoulder? ›

The three 3-2-1 method is 3 hours in the cooker, 2 hours wrapped in foil, then 1 hour back on the smoker not wrapped. The 3-2-1 method is actually 3 hours in smoke, 2 sprayed and wrapped in foil and back in the smoker, 1 still wrapped in foil and in a cooler.

Is 200 or 225 better for pork shoulder? ›

I cook my pork shoulders between 225-250 degrees until the meat reaches and internal temperature of 195-200 degrees. Pork shoulder normally cooks around 1.5-2 hours per pound of meat and my shoulders normally cook for 15-19 hours then rest in a cooler for 2 hours before serving.

Can you cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees? ›

Preheat the oven to 200 to 250 degrees F. Place the pork shoulder on a sheet pan fitted with a rack. Roast the pork until the internal temperature of the roast registers 200 degrees F, 8 to 9 hours, or overnight.

How long to cook a 8 lb pork shoulder at 275 degrees? ›

Cook the pork shoulder in a 275° F oven, or on the grill over indirect heat, until the internal temperature reaches 180° F to 190° F—about 6 hours. The meat should be very tender and easily pull away from the bone.

How long to cook a 8 lb pork shoulder at 300 degrees? ›

Reduce heat to 300 degrees and roast for an additional 45 minutes per pound. Total cooking time for an 8lb roast should be about 6 hours and 20 minutes. Remove the pork roast from the oven and let rest for 30 minutes.

How many minutes per pound for pork roast at 250 degrees? ›

Heat your oven to 250 degrees. Season the pork liberally with salt and pepper and set it fat side up on the rack in the roasting pan. Roast pork butt about 40 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reads 180 degrees.

How long does it take to cook a 2lb roast at 225 degrees? ›

As a general rule of thumb, at 225°F, cook your roast for about 30 minutes per pound, after the initial browning (for a medium rare). But be sure to check at least 30 minutes before it should be done, just to make sure.

How long to smoke a 5 lb pork shoulder at 250 degrees? ›

Smoking the roast

Smoke the pork butt for 6 hours at 250°F, then turn the temperature up to 275°F to crisp the skin and smoke until probe tender. This should be when the internal temperature reaches 202°F, about another 4 hours.

Can you overcook pork shoulder in the oven? ›

It's not easy, but yes, you can overcook pork shoulder! It becomes tough, chewy and dry when it's cooked for too long or at too high a temperature.

What temp does pork shoulder fall apart? ›

Return pork to the grill (or smoker) The pork is finished cooking when it pulls apart easily and reaches an internal temperature of 190 to 195 degrees F, about another 1 to 2 hours. Let rest for 1 hour, then unwrap the pork butt and pull the bone out.

How many hours per pound for pork shoulder at 225? ›

With your smoker running steady at 225 degrees F, you can typically plan about 2 hours of cook time per pound of pork. For example, an 8-pound pork shoulder will take about 16 hours from start to finish. Quick note! Every cut of meat is a little bit different, so plan ahead for variations in cook time!

Should I pull pork at 195 or 203? ›

Depends on the size, your grill, and the weather. What you are looking for is fork-tender meat and an internal temperature between 195°F and 204°F. This can take up to 6-12 hours, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time.

What temp is pork shoulder most tender? ›

For BBQ cuts, the recommended temperature for optimal tastiness is 203°F (95°C). A pork shoulder cooked to 145°F (63°C) is safe to eat, but will not be tasty at all. Continue cooking high-connective-tissue cuts (which have enough fat and collagen to handle the high temperatures) to 203°F (95°C).

Is 275 too hot for pork shoulder? ›

Smoke the pork.

Place your seasoned pork shoulder on the grates of your smoker, close the lid, and smoke at 275 degrees F until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. This process typically takes about 4.5-5 hours for an 8-pound shoulder.

How long to cook a pork shoulder at 300 degrees? ›

Our recipe takes around 4 hours to be completed, but the exact cook time will depend on the size of your pork butt. At a temperature of 300 to 350 F, it takes around 35 to 40 minutes per pound of initial weight.


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