This slow cooker marmalade pork roast practically cooks itself. The umami gravy with a hint of orange is amazing. Make this recipe using pork shoulder, roast, loin, or a scotch fillet cut of meat. With minimal preparation, this classic comfort food dish will instantly become part of your weekly dinner rotation.
It has tons of tangy-sweet glaze flavor with a hint or orange that is cooked right into the juicy pork. I love having a delicious home-cooked meal on the table within minutes of coming home from work on a busy weeknight.
Trying New Recipes
Years ago, I first made a ham in the slow cooker using marmalade and it turned out beautifully. Then one day, I was looking to add some flavoring to a pork roast and thought it would be good.
A hearty meal that the whole family enjoys and asks for often. In fact, they mentioned how much they loved the gravy that I made using the drippings.
As a mom, I love it because it is so simple to make and when you can have a meal that is this easy and your family loves too, it makes me happy that they are happy and satisfied.
What is Sweet Orange Marmalade?
Orange Marmalade is a fruit preserve like a jam that is made from oranges. It has a sweet, tart, and slightly bitter taste.
However, marmalade can be made from all types of citrus fruits. Use the juice and peel of the fruit. Combine with sugar and water and bring to a boil. This jam can be made from lemons, sweet oranges, grapefruits, limes, and other fruits.
It tastes great on muffins, scones, bread, as a glaze on meat, or really anything you want to add a sweet and tangy flavor to.
Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. The well-known version is made from bitter orange. It is also made from lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, sweet oranges, bergamots, and other citrus fruits, or a combination.
How to Make this Easy Slow Cooker Marmalade Pork Roast
The vegetable seasoning adds lots of flavor without all the added salt. This is great if you are watching your salt intake. Then orange marmalade is spooned all over the pork.
As the pork roast cooks, the juices combine with the seasonings, and it is submerged in this orange sauce that infused the pork with the light and fruity flavor.
I started this receipt 4 days ahead of time. This pork butt roast was on sale a few months ago and I purchased two and put them in the freezer when I got home. It is best to thaw your meat before adding it to your crock pot and this takes 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Here are the ingredients to the crock pot pork roast recipe; there are not that many.
Pork Roast, a Salt Free Vegetable Seasoning, and a whole jar of Sweet Orange Marmalade. Add the pork roast, seasoning, and scoop the marmalade over the top in your slow cooker and cook on high 5-6 hours and on low 8-10 hours.
For the Pork Gravy with a Hint of Tangy Orange combines the Pork Roast Drippings with an equal part of water. I did 2 cups of each. Then season with soy sauce, salt, and black pepper. Bring this to a boil. While this is coming to a boil, mix the corn starch with cold water until all dissolved. Then slowly pouring into the gravy stirring constantly. Cook a few more minutes until it begins to thicken slightly.
Pro Tip. This recipe makes tons of flavorful drippings, so I had more than needed for making the gravy to smother veggies and potatoes too. I froze two 2-cup airtight containers of the drippings. This will come in handy someday soon when I want to make a soup or sauce.
How long does pork take in slow cooker on high?
For a 3-5 pound Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder that are tougher cuts of pork, it will take 3 to 4 hours on high and 5 to 6 hours on low for the meat to become tender.
A larger pork roast will take longer to cook through. A 7-8 pound roast will require a larger slow cooker and take 6-7 hours on high and 10-11 hours on low.
What to Serve with Pork Roast?
Pork roast pairs nicely with comfort sides like creamy mashed potatoes, rice, macaroni and cheese, mashed cauliflower, and vegetable casseroles.
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar
Internal Temperature for Pork Roast
Pork chops, pork roasts, or tenderloins should be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit using a digital thermometer. Your pork roast will be tender and juicy. However, if you have a tougher cut of meat and use a slow cooker go ahead and cook until the meat is fall apart tender. At this point, your meat is certainly done and there is no need to temp.
How much pork roast per person?
When there are few side dishes and meat is the main part of the meal, plan for 8 ounces or half a pound per person. If you want to plan for some leftovers or have a few people that will take seconds or those that are voracious eaters, up that serving to 12 ounces or three quarters of a pound.
However, if you are serving a lit of side dish choices, serving appetizers, and having desserts you could serve less of your meat and end up with leftovers.
A general estimate for a 5 pound roast is that it should feed 7-10 people.
Meat Is the Main. When cooking something like steak, chicken, or pork, where meat is the main feature of the meal and paired with a few side dishes, we recommend about 1/2 pound (eight ounces) per person, or up to 3/4 (12 ounces) pound for bigger appetites and those who love leftovers.
Leftover pork roast Recipes
There are so many uses for leftover pork. Make pork carnitas, pork tacos, reheat the pork and serve with gravy over bread, add to soup, or dice fine and add to a fried rice or stir fry recipe.
This pulled pork enchilada casserole is one of those delicious leftover pork roast recipes. Just fill the tortilla shells, roll, add the sauce, and bake until the cheese is melty, and the sauce is bubbling.
Can you Freeze a Cooked Pork Roast
Absolutely. Cooked roast is a great way to meal prep. Cook and freeze in airtight containers in the serving sizes you plan to use, and it will stay fresh up to 4 months.
When you are ready to use, remove from the freezer, thaw, and add to your favorite recipe.
You can also refrigerate cooked pork for up to 5 days in your refrigerator.
Slow Cooker Marmalade Pork Roast
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- 8 Pound Pork Roast 6-8 pound roast works well for this recipe
- 2 Tablespoons Salt Free Vegetable Seasoning
- 12 Ounces Sweet Orange Marmalade
Marmalade Pork Gravy
- 2 Cups Pork Roast Drippings
- 2 Cups Water
- 4 Tablespoons Corn Starch
- 4 Tablespoons Water
- 3 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
- Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
- Add the pork roast, seasoning, and scoop the marmalade over the top in your large slow cooker and cook on high 6-7 hours and on low 10-11 hours.
Marmalade Pork Gravy
- In a saucepan, combine the pork roast drippings and water. Season with the soy sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
- In a glass or small bowl, combine the corn starch and water and mix until the corn starch is fully dissolved in the water.
- Slowly pour in the corn starch and water mixture in the pork roast drippings whisking the entire time until combined. Cook a minute or two until thickening, stirring constantly.
- I did not strain this gravy to remove the orange pieces from the marmalade. It added to the umami orange flavor of the gravy. However, if you prefer, this gravy can be strained so it is smooth and creamy when pouring over your pork and mashed potatoes or other side dish.
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Can you Freeze a Cooked Pork RoastAbsolutely. Cooked roast is a great way to meal prep. Cook and freeze in airtight containers in the serving sizes you plan to use, and it will stay fresh up to 4 months.
When you are ready to use, remove from the freezer, thaw, and add to your favorite recipe. You can also refrigerate cooked pork for up to 5 days in your refrigerator.