How long does it take to cook 9 lb pork shoulder in the slow cooker?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does it take to cook 9 lb pork shoulder in the slow cooker?”, and how to make pulled pork in a slow cooker.

How long does it take to cook 9 lb pork shoulder in the slow cooker?

A 9 lb pork shoulder will take about 4-8 hours in a slow cooker, depending upon the temperature of your oven and the size of the pork butt. The following table shows the time and temperature setting for slow cooking common types of meat cuts.

Meat cutsMeat weight Slow cooking time 
Large pork roast 6-7 lb9 ½ hours
Pork loin 3-4 lb6 hours 
Poultry 6 lb7 ½ hours 
Beef roast3-4 lb8 hours 

How to make pork shoulder in a crockpot?

Serves 12 to 15 

Ingredients 

  • 8lb pork shoulder/ Boston butt/ picnic cut
  • Juice of 2 fresh oranges (it’s ok to add the pulp too)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons of paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  1. Get rid of the extra marbling. Make the dry rub by mixing all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Rub the defatted pork shoulder with the prepared spice rub. Cut the 8 lb pork shoulder into two pieces of large chunks so that it fits into your crockpot. Then pour the lime and orange juice over the pork shoulder.
  1. Cook the pork in the crockpot for 10+ hours at low if the pork is frozen. If fresh or compelled to thaw, cook for only 8 hours. If the meat does not leave the bone easily after the recommended cooking time, cook for another 1-2 hours.
  1. When the pork is ready, let it sit for some at room temperature to allow the fats to solidify. Then scoop out the excess fat and shred the meat using 2 forks. Eat it right away or refrigerate it for 2-3 days in an air-tight container. 

How to make pulled pork in a slow cooker?

Serves 16, Yields about 4 pounds of pulled pork

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, preferably smoked
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (no salt)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder (no salt)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 pork shoulder or pork butt (7 to 8 pounds with bone, 6 to 7 pounds if boneless)
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups cane-sweetened cola (not diet)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Equipment 

  • Wire rack
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Forks
  • Fine-mesh strainer

Instructions 

Heat the oven: Set a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven (ideally convection oven) to 500°F. Fit a wire rack inside a rimmed baking tray lined with foil.

Make the spice rub: In a small bowl, mix salt, brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, cornstarch, cayenne, and celery seeds until well-combined.

Brown the pork: Pat dry the pork using paper towels. Then coat it in ½ of the spice rub that you prepare, and place it on the wire rack fat-side up (ideally). Roast the pork for about 10 minutes or until the edges start to sizzle. Be careful not to burn the spice.

Prep the slow cooker: Pour the remaining spice rub along with the cola, vinegar, and Worcestershire in a 6-quart or large slow cooker. 

Slow cook the pork 14-16 hours: Cook the pork in the slow cooker for about 14-16 hours or until it can be shredded easily.

Shred the meat: Transfer the pork from the slow cooker into a bowl and let it lose some heat so you can easily touch it. Alternatively, you can use forks to shred the pork right then and there. Discard the excess fat clumps, connective tissue, or bone pieces if you find any.

Strain the liquid: Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Pass the cooking liquid through this setup. Collect the cooking liquids and refrigerate them. Spoon out the fat that comes to the surface of the liquid after refrigeration.

Moisten the liquid: Toss the meat in the refrigerated and defatted cooking liquid. Let the meat become moist and absorb flavor from the liquids. Serve the meat warm or refrigerate.

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Conclusion 

In this article, we answered the question “How long does it take to cook 9 lb pork shoulder in the slow cooker?”, and how to make pulled pork in a slow cooker.

References 

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-pulled-pork-in-the-slow-cooker-232724

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