Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. Come see the many dishes I have planned with that one roast.

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. See what I have planned. #TexasHomesteader

Planned Leftovers Style Cooking

I’m a big fan of planned leftovers. Similar to Cook-Once, Eat-Twice, planned-leftover cooking is where you purposely cook more than you plan on eating at one sitting so you can use the leftovers in different dishes later.

One of my favorite foods to use when I’m purposely planning for leftovers is pork roast. I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious roast with carrots & potatoes for supper?

Then it’s easy to turn that leftover meat into other dishes for completely different entrees. So I often cook a large enough roast to assure I have plenty leftover meat for future meals.

Cooking Pot Roast

Sometimes I use my Instant Pot to make a delicious IP Pork Roast. It’s delicious and I can make all kinds of gravy at the same time. Potatoes or carrots, or not – it’s delicious.

But when life is busy and we’re working in the pastures all day I often cook my pork roasts in a slow cooker.

What’s not to love? You plop your roast, some carrots & potatoes and a little seasoning into the slow cooker and then just plug-er-in! The slow cooker then cooks your roast to delightful perfection while you’re away.

Now if I’m cooking a Wild-Game Pork Roast I typically season it pretty heavily to offset any subtle tale-tale wild taste. (although our wild hogs typically taste very mild).

Easy Does It For Roast Seasonings

But if I’m cooking up a pork roast with planned leftovers in mind I will flavor it a little more generically. Typically salt & pepper, dried basil and maybe some Worcestershire sauce is all it needs. I don’t want heavy seasonings to interfere with the flavors I’m planning for other dishes using the leftover roast.

Cooking Multiple Roasts At One Time 

Recently RancherMan & I ran across a rockin’ sale on pork roast so we picked up a monster roast – 21 pounds in fact!!

It’s the largest roast I’d ever purchased in my life. Heck we thought it was a brisket – it was THAT large!

So we brought it home and RancherMan cut that huge roast into three chunks the sizes to fit into my regular slow cooker, my larger slow cooker and my mammoth slow cooker.

I like to cook with planned leftovers in mind. Recently I cooked up a huge pork roast in a slow cooker. See what I have planned. #TexasHomesteader

Heck we might as well cook them all at once, right??! Here’s how I prepared the slow cookers:

Potatoes On Bottom

First I washed enough potatoes to fit into the bottom of the slow cooker. If they were small I put them in whole but if they were larger I cut them in half. This lifts the roast off the bottom of the slow cooker.

Oftentimes it’s recommended that you seer the roast surfaces first in a little oil to seal in the juices. But I hate the mess that makes – another skillet to clean and the residual splattered oil to deal with. So I often skip this step and my roast still turns out delicious. But feel free to seer your roast first if you like.

Instead I just rinsed off my roasts & then place them on top of the potatoes in my slow cookers. When my roast is in place I season it with salt & pepper, some Worcestershire sauce and then sprinkle on a little dried basil.

Finally I tuck the other vegetables around the roast, depending upon what I have. Typically I’ll chunk up an onion, wash & peel a few carrots, chunking them into about thirds and tuck them around the roast. If I have celery I’ll often wash & cut each rib into about 3-inch pieces and add that too.

Cook Pork Roast to 160 Degrees Internal Temp

Now all that’s left to do is put the cover on the slow cooker and cook my roast on low for about 8-10 hours (depending upon the size of the roast and the power in that particular slow cooker). The roast is fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

When the roast is done I’ll remove & arrange the cooked veggies onto a platter and bring the roast out to rest for about 10 minutes before carving it.

The roast shreds easily but for our first supper of roast & veggies I’d like to serve thick slices of roast. So for this first meal I’ll use an electric knife to carve out our servings.

If I have time, sometimes I’ll take some of the juices in the bottom of the slow cooker, add some flour or cornstarch & broth and cook up a hearty gravy to ladle over the roast slices & potatoes. It’s delicious and RancherMan loves it!

Sectioning Off Leftover Roast

Now the main ingredient in my planned leftovers is ready to go. After sectioning off enough for our supper I’ll often section off more for a planned leftover meal in a day or so.

Then I’ll package up the rest and freeze it for later inspiration. I freeze the roast into meal-sized portions for ease of making meal plans in the future.

Some of the recipes I like to use for the planned leftovers with this roast, include Carnitas Tacos

Leftover roast turned into street tacos using flour tortillas. #TexasHomesteader

Tip: you can use flour tortillas for the carnitas tacos or easily make your own crispy taco shells with corn tortillas.

I also have planned to make Pulled-Pork Enchiladas, Spicy Pork Empanadas, pulled-pork BBQ sandwiches and even a Delicious Stew.

Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast & Veggies

Pork roast is a fave in the Taylor Household.  And with the convenience of the slow cooker, what's not to love?  Tender, juicy & delicious.  And I always make a lot so there will be leftover meat for other delicious meals too.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword leftover roast, leftovers, pork roast, pot roast, slow cooker



  • 3 lb . pork shoulder roast
  • 3-4 potatoes , cut in half if necessary
  • 3 carrots , peeled and cut into thirds
  • 1 onion , cut into chunks
  • 2 celery ribs , cut into thirds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp . Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp . dried basil



  1. Wash potatoes - cut in half if necessary. Place potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Place roast on top of potatoes. Season roast with salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce & dried basil.
  3. Surround roast with carrots, celery and onion.
  4. Cover & cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or until roast reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  5. Arrange cooked vegetables on a platter and set the roast aside to rest for 10 minutes. It will shred easily so it's helpful to carve roast with an electric knife after it's rested.


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14 thoughts on “Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

  1. Mary - the boondocks blog

    With all this talk of yummy foods cooking in a slow roaster I think I’ll have to invest in one . That recipe sounds super delicious.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Just makes sense, eh Helen? Home cooking from scratch can be enjoyed every day without lots of cooking every day. Win/win! ~TxH~

  2. Jamie Marie

    I always cook a big home cooked meals every other day! Thank God for leftovers! Great Blog post! Thank you so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader Hop!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Leftovers are actually planned around here Jamie. Sometimes they’re served just as they were the night before and RancherMan’s happy about it. His view is: “If it was delicious last night, it’s delicious tonight too!”. Gotta love that mindset! But sometimes, like with this pork roast, I’m remaking it into different meals. Just last night I took some of the leftover pork, shredded it & added some BBQ sauce. A quick skillet of fried potatoes and supper was served, deliciously! ~TxH~

  3. Cynthia D

    The local grocery store has pork loin on sale this week so I got a small one and gave your recipe a try. Very Good! So today I got 2 more pork loins and put them in the freezer. Thanks.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      So glad you liked it Cynthia. Our leftovers so far have been made into pork empanadas, crunchy street tacos, spicy enchiladas, hearty stew and pulled pork BBQ sandwiches. We still have more leftover pork in the freezer so there are many more meals from this one-time roast cooking! I’ve always said home cooking need not be complicated nor time consuming and this method really brings that home. ~TxH~

  4. Debrashoppeno5

    I love using the slow cooker and a pork roast is a favorite. I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Carol@blueskykitchen

    That is one big roast. I still have my original Rival crockpot from 1973 wedding present. I hardly ever use it although I have moved it with me a dozen times. I love the concept of slow cooking, but it’s just as easy for me to put the dish in my Le Creuset large Dutch oven, put it in the oven and 3 hours later it’s’ done. I convert a lot of recipes from slow cooker to standard and never had a problem. This recipe sounds delicious so I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m the opposite Carol, I opt for my slow cookers before the dutch oven because to me they’re easier to use. Maybe I need to pull out my dutch oven now that it’s cool enough to comfortably fire up the oven and give ‘er another try! ~TxH~

  6. ColleenB.~Texas

    Looking good my dear. I admit it; I do braise my meat first. I do add small amount of apple juice in place of water while cooking.
    We just had pulled pork sandwiches a few days ago.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.
    Few scary moments here last night with the storms and tornadoes going through our area but made it through ok. Will have to go out when light to see how much damage we have due to the winds, etc.

  7. Sondra

    I have a pork loin roast in the freezer. Think I will try your recipe. Did you add any fluid to the slow cooker? By the way I made your beer bread last week. It was great. I added pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds to the batter and sesame seeds on top.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      The only fluid I added to my roast was the Worcestershire sauce Sondra. That’s one reason I pull the roast from the bottom of the slow cooker, the pork roast makes its own juice as it cooks. And I’m so glad you enjoyed the beer bread as much as we do. It’s hard to beat a bread that’s pour-mix-bake! Your seed addition sounds delish – so many options with that bread! I’ve even added sugar/cinnamon/chopped apples and made a sweetened version with a milk/sugar glaze. Dang I think you can do anything with that recipe! ~TxH~


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