Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast, Beets, and Artichoke Hearts

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder, Beets, and Artichoke Hearts (Serves 6-8)

Sometimes running out of fresh veggies leads to a happy discovery. I love the taste of canned artichoke hearts cooked with a pork shoulder roast and my wife loves the taste of canned beets cooked with pork. Honestly, I was shocked at how good this food tasted and it took only about 5 minutes of prep time. You’ve got to try this.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours

Ingredient list:

3 pound pork shoulder
2 cans sliced beets
2 cans quartered artichoke hearts
Garlic powder
Ground coriander

Directions: Remove frozen pork from wrappings. Rinse and lay meat in slow cooker. Dust top generously with spices and then turn over to dust the other side generously with the same spices. Place cover on slow cooker. Set temperature to slow cook (200 degrees on my unit) and time to 8 hours. After about 7 hours, or longer if required by your schedule, drain the liquid from cans of beets and artichoke hearts and arrange the veggies around the pork shoulder roast. Replace the top on the slow cooker and let everything cook together for at least one hour so that the pork juices permeate the veggies. If you can’t add the veggies until the 8 hour mark, add an hour to the cook time so that the pork cooks 9 hours and the veggies 1 hour. That’s it!

Notes: Every frozen roast or pork shoulder I have ever cooked produced more than enough liquid without my adding any.

You could add the veggies at the beginning and let them go 8 hours, but they lose a lot of firmness cooking so long. I prefer their texture after just one hour of cooking.

My slow cooker is a Cuisinart Multi Cooker that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma because my local store had one in stock and I wanted to start cooking right away. Amazon sells the Cuisinart, but runs out of stock occasionally. The Breville Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert on display in my Store is similar. Check them out by clicking on the Store link in the upper right hand corner of this site. The Cuisinart has a see-through top and the Breville has a stainless steel top. I like being able to see inside without opening the lid, but the Breville sells for $75 less than the Cuisinart.

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6 Responses to “Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast, Beets, and Artichoke Hearts”

  1. Do you use a frozen pork shoulder or do you thaw out the pork shoulder?

    • Tom Denham says:

      Most of the time, I start with frozen meat in the slow cooker. I see people worry about it on the internet occasionally, but I have cooked more than 100 frozen roasts – beef or pork – over the past 3 years and all of them have been good.

  2. Hi! I’m just wondering about whether we need moisture. My husband thinks it won’t cook without moisture being added.

    • Tom Denham says:

      There is enough moisture in a pork shoulder for it to cook nicely in a slow cooker with the top in place. Fat deposits in the pork melt during the cooking process and I always have extra liquid in the slow cooker at the end of 8 hours. Lately, I have been adding a can of diced tomatoes to pork and beef roasts that I cook in the slow cooker because I like the taste of meat and tomatoes cooked together. My wife wishes I wouldn’t because she likes the taste of plain pork better.

  3. How does the cook time change if I use unfrozen pork?

    • Tom Denham says:

      It would not hurt to cook the same amount of time, but unfrozen pork might be ready to eat an hour or two earlier. If it pulls apart easily and looks done, it is probably done. My slow cooker usually has food bubbling at the end, so if it is bubbling earlier, it should be fine.


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