Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Assorted pork chops are on sale this week at $2.19 a pound. That is a great price and I could not pass it up, especially when I saw a juicy chunk of pork shoulder roast included in the package. Finally, I have an excuse to pull out that slow cooker that has been pushed into the dark recesses of the corner cabinet. Now that it is out, rest assured I will once again put it to good use.

A pork roast is one of the hardest thing to cook. Unlike beef, it is recommended that pork be cooked through to a temperature of between 165°F to 170°F and this is not always easy to achieve even when a thermometer is used. I have the tendency to over cook it resulting in hard and dry meat. That is why I much prefer to do a pot roast instead. That way, I know I will get a tender, moist, and flavorful chunk of meat. The other option is to cook it in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Pork goes well with sweet and tart fruits. I decided to pair it with dried cranberries this time and I am so glad I did. The rich and flavorful sauce is slightly tangy and reminds me of Tu Kar Chor or stewed pig trotters in black vinegar, something I have not eaten since the birth of my boys. Ro-Ri San thinks this Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast is the best pork roast I have made so far. I think so too. :D

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast


  • 3½ lbs (1.6 kg) pork shoulder roast
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3½ lbs (1.6 kg) pork shoulder roast
  • 1 cup (140g) dried cranberries
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp corn starch


Lightly sprinkle salt and pepper over pork roast. Set aside.

In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoon canola oil. Fry onions for about 2 minutes. Add dried rosemary and fry for another minute. Transfer to slow cooker.

Add the remaining tablespoon of canola oil to the pan. Brown pork roast on all sides. Transfer to slow cooker.

Pour 1½ cups (360ml) water into pan. Add dried cranberries, cinnamon stick, dark soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Bring it to a boil and allow sugar to dissolve. Turn off heat and pour sauce over pork roast in the slow cooker.

Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours. After 4 hours, turn the pork roast. Mix corn starch with ¼ cup (60ml) water. Pour into the slow cooker and continue to let it cook for another 2 hours.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

We ate this with rice but mashed potatoes or slices of crusty bread to soak up the sauce would also be delicious.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)