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Jan 12, 2010 12:56 PM

help. confused about pork roast

I found a recipe that calls for pork roast cooked in a crockpot with squash, apple, rosemary, garlic, and apple juice (thanks to starbucksbrew). However, I am confused about what type of pork roast to use (pork shoulder, loin, boneless?). I don't know the different cuts of meat very well, and I have never made pork roast in the crockpot, so I would appreciate any advice.

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  1. pork shoulder is a great cut for braising/the slow cooker. It responds well to low and slow cooking by getting nice and tender.
    You want to go for pork that is not lean, so avoid center cut chops and loin.
    Butt is good too.

    1. I'm surprised that a recipe wouldn't specify the cut of pork but, yes, definitely, pork shoulder is my favorite hands-down.

      1. Thanks so much for the quick response. Thanks to you I can get the right roast on the way home from work!

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        1. re: sophia519

          That combo of flavors sounds great - esp. in the slow cooker. Please report back, okay? I LOVE pork.

        2. a pork shoulder is going to take much longer to cook than a pork roast (which is generally a loin). i would consider that when making a recipe.

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              1. re: tommy

                I just meant that if she's fixing it in a slow cooker then I'm assuming she's already planning on it taking a long time.

          1. Hey, sophia,

            If you're not familiar with the cuts, be aware that a pork shoulder roast might also be labeled pork butt or Boston butt.

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            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

              The pork roast turned out great! Delicious. Here's the recipe that I originally found on this board by a member named starbucksbrew:

              Winter Pot Roast
              1 pork roast (I used a 6 lb. bone in pork shoulder roast)
              Cubed butternut squash (I used 2 smaller squash, peeled and cut into large chunks)
              1 chopped red apple with skin
              Fresh rosemary ( i used about 2 tablespoons)
              1 large onion, chopped
              3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
              salt and pepper
              1/2 cup water
              1/2 cup apple juice
              Cook in crockpot on low 6-7 hours. I think I cooked mine about 7 1/2 hours and the meat thermometer read 170.
              It was great!

              1. re: sophia519

                Sounds great! Congrats. Next time take it to 190. It will be a "whole 'nother" experience :)