Boston Butt-Newfangled Crock-pot Style

This is the recipe I used the other day for the Boston butt roast. The children enjoyed it and it didn’t come out so spicy as to keep the youngest from complimenting it and asking for more-so don’t fear the cayenne. It also makes a nice sandwich the next day if you find you have leftovers.

Boston Butt Roast

1 Boston butt pork roast
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water

Combine the onion, garlic, salt, cayenne and black pepper. (I did this in my handy chopper so it was sort of paste like) Spread on roast. Place roast in crockpot…add water to the bottom of the crockpot (don’t pour it over the roast) Pour the molasses over the roast. Cook on high for an hour-then low for 6-8 or leave it on high for about 5 total hours.


  1. I love the sound of this! Is the molasses in the syrup aisle? I’ve never bought it before. The sound of that with the cayenne is making me drool and it’s only 6am!

  2. The best part of this recipe was telling the kids we were having “Boston Butt” and then hear them try to figure out what kind of animal a “Boston Butt” might be – or what kind of fake food product it might be.

    Even when it was served and someone said something about how good the pork was, we could say it’s not pork, it’s “Boston Butt” which confused and amused.


  3. What a splendid name – Boston Butt! And the recipe sounds quite good too.

    Your grapefruit boats inspired me today, BTW – I linked to you. Thanks!

  4. Molasses is in the syrup aisle though it may also be in the cooking aisle near sugar. Best thing about molasses-it is fab on hot biscuits.

    Thanks Lidian!

  5. Man, I didn’t visit here yesterday because I haven’t been brave enough to try from home again (retro food always locks up my IE). We had Butt last night for dinner 😉 I just settled for salt, pepper and sage on it, but this sounds good.

    Who decided that the shoulder of a pig should be called the butt anyway?

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