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Many Onions Pork Shoulder

Many Onions Pork Shoulder

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Kay Clarke

Total time 8 hrs, 20 mins

1 roast (about 8 cups shredded meat)

Don't be intimidated by the size of the pork roast that you're working with; your slow cooker  is going to do pretty much all of the work for you. Wake up in the morning, take a few minutes to brown the pork, and then set it and forget it--you'll be on your way to something exceptional.


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 (7-pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast
  • 2 tablespoons jarred chicken soup base (such as Better Than Bouillon)
  • 3 cups finely chopped yellow or white onion
  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer

How to Make It

  1. Stir together the onion powder, dried onion, lemon pepper, black pepper, and garlic salt in a small bowl; set aside.

    How to Make Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
  2. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add the pork to the skillet, fat side down, and cook 10 to 12 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer the pork to a 6-quart slow cooker, fat side up, and rub the chicken soup base all over it. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork, and then add the onion and beer to the pot. Cover and cook on low until tender, about 8 hours.

  3. Transfer the pork from the slow cooker to a cutting board, and let it cool for 15 minutes before removing the bone and dividing the meat into large portions. Cool the cooking liquid about 15 minutes, and then skim the fat from the top. Refridgerate any leftovers in an airtight container, with some of the cooking liquid to keep it juicy; or you can also freeze portions of the pork up to 1 month.

Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, October, 2016, One to Five: One Shortcut Recipe Transformed Into Five Easy Dishes;