(1) 6-7 pound pork shoulder roast or Boston Butt from Harter House
3-4 drops Liquid Smoke (optional)
My favorite Dry Rub
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir until combined.
Rinse roast with cold water then pat dry with paper towels. Using your hands, rub roast with Dry Rub until evenly coated.
Cover rubbed roast with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight if possible. It’s not a deal-breaker if you can’t but it’s SO much better if it can soak up the flavors of the rub overnight.
Remove the plastic and place the roast, fat-side down, in a large crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Do not add water.
Add Liquid Smoke to the broth that has been created from cooking the roast (not directly onto the roast). Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 4 more hours.
Remove broth from crock pot to use for gravy or freeze for later use. Turn crock pot off and let roast rest, covered, for 30-45 minutes.
Remove roast from crock pot. The meat will “pull” away easily. Toss or serve with BBQ sauce if desired.