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Sweet & Spicy Pork Roast

Most days, when I’m creating new recipes, I have the inspiration and then go buy all the ingredients to make it work.  This one, however, is actually the product of a GREAT sale at the new grocery store down the street.  It’s the type of grocery store that sells dry goods in bulk like dried banana chips and arrowroot powder so I never imagined I would find the best sale on meat I’ve ever seen.  Pork roast for under a $1 per pound.  Clearly, I had to buy all of the roast I could.  Since my barbecue isn’t my favorite, I wanted to try something new with this roast.  My husband claimed it was the best roast he’d ever had so I think it worked out.  Of course, he could be a bit biased so try it and let me know what you think!

Sweet & Spicy Pork Roast


Katie @


  • 5 pounds pork roast
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons sage
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper


Place all ingredients in slow cooker.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Freezing Directions:

Before cooking, divide all ingredients into gallon freezer bags.  Label and freeze.  To serve:  thaw in fridge.  Pour contents into slow cooker.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Servings:  10

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

13 Responses to “Sweet & Spicy Pork Roast”

  1. Pam says:

    Is there no liquid in this recipe? Do you smear the dry rub all over the roast?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Pam, the only liquid is the vegetable oil. You can smear the dry rub over the roast if you are cooking it same day or you can do what I did- throw it all in a freezer bag, seal it up, and rub it all together.

  2. Rosie says:

    Can you slow cook and freeze after?

  3. Toni says:

    What type pork roast is used for this?

  4. Suzi says:

    Can this be adapted for the oven, slow cooker eats up too much electricity where I am from!

    • Katie says:

      Definitely Suzi! You could cook it in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes or so and I think that would work well. Of course, check the temp of the meat and adjust the time from there if necessary. Enjoy!

  5. Annette says:

    This is delicious! I made this last week, kid tested and approved. I would suggest mixing the dry ingredients together and then pouring over the pork, we did get a spicy section where the cayenne was concentrated, but it was YUMMY!

  6. Jen says:

    Can you sub pork for chicken? If so, whole or breasts and how long do you cook?

    • Katie says:

      You definitely could do chicken! Whole or breast would be fine. You would need to cook a whole chicken a little longer- more to the 8 hours and chicken breasts would be good closer to the 6 hour mark. Enjoy!

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