Slow Cooker Missisippi Pork Roast (To Die For!)

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Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast is a savory, sweet and spicy pork roast that is tender to the touch and falls apart with ease. It takes minutes to prepare and can be paired with a variety of sides. Your family will fall in love with this incredibly flavorful, melt in your mouth pork roast! 

Pork roast on a plate with mashed potatoes.

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

I have fallen in love with this Smithfield Homestyle Fresh Pork Roast. It is tender, juicy and has all the flavor you need. It is so convenient and pre-seasoned which is why it is my go-to for creating an easy and incredible meal for my family. It turned out perfect in the slow cooker and I am here to tell you, it was one of the best meals that I have ever made. Since making this recipe a couple of weeks ago, I have already made it again twice. I keep asking everyone that I come in contact with if they have had Mississippi pork roast. How have I lived so long without trying it? This hands down had the best flavor and our family couldn’t eat it fast enough.

One of the best parts about this meal is that it is so incredibly easy. It takes less than 5 minutes to put everything in the slow cooker and within minutes it is ready for dinner. This tender, melt in your mouth pork has flavor that is to die for. Mississippi Roast usually calls for beef roast, but I love that you can always swap it out for pork. My entire family ate this meal and loved it. It was such a winner in our book and the reason why I keep making it again and again!

This meal is so versatile and can be served in so many different ways. We first loved it with a side of mashed potatoes, but throughout the week with the little bit of left overs that we had, I was able to create a few more outstanding recipes. You can use the pork roast on top of nachos, in a sandwich, or in tacos. There are so many uses for this recipe that you are going to love.

Simplify your life by using Marinated Fresh Pork. It comes in a wide assortment of mouthwatering flavors including; Roasted Garlic and Herb, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sweet Teriyaki and Slow Smoked Mesquite. It also comes in a wide variety of cuts including; loin filets, chops, ribs, sirloins, and tenderloins. For more product information and recipe inspiration visit

What is in Mississippi Pork Roast?

  • Pork Roast
  • Au Jus Packet
  • Ranch Packet
  • Butter
  • Pepperoncini Peppers

Smithfield pork roast in wrapper.

How do you make Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast?

  • Add pork roast to slow cooker. Sprinkle ranch and au jus packages on top. Top with stick of butter and peppers.
  • Cook on low 6 hours. Shred with fork and serve.

How to make pork roast.

What is the proper temperature for pork roast?

The National Pork Board recommends cooking pork chops, roasts, and tenderloins to an internal temperature between 145° Fahrenheit (medium rare) and 160° Fahrenheit (medium), followed by a 3 minute rest. Since large cuts increase approximately 10° Fahrenheit while resting, remove them from the heat at 150° Fahrenheit followed by a 10 minute rest.

What are some ideas to make with Mississippi Pork Roast?

  • Sandwich
  • Tacos
  • Nachos
  • Burritos

Finished pork roast in crock pot.

Be sure to check out these other delicious recipes on the blog using Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork:

Smithfield is helping at-home cooks reimagine mealtime and get creative in the kitchen with the Smithfield Fresh Pork “Shake it Up” contest! From now until April 26, visit to submit a photo of your original dish along with a brief description on how you shake up your go-to recipes with Smithfield Fresh Pork instead of beef or chicken. Twenty finalists will win a $100 gift card and one grand prize winner will take home $5,000! For contest rules and more great recipe ideas visit

Smithfield is available at select grocery stores nationwide, including ShopRite, Food Lion, Publix, Albertsons/Safeway, Save a Lot, and Walmart.

Pork roast on a plate with mashed potatoes.

Watch a video on how to make Mississippi Pork Roast here:

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast

4.82 from 11 votes
Slow Cooker Mississippi Pork Roast is a savory, sweet and spicy pork roast that is tender to the touch and falls apart with ease. 
Servings: 6 People


  • 1 Package Smithfield Homestyle Marinated Fresh Pork Roast
  • 1 Package Ranch Seasoning
  • 1 Package Au Jus Gravy Mix
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 8-10 Pepperoncini Peppers


  • 1. Add pork roast to slow cooker. Sprinkle ranch and au jus packages on top. Top with stick of butter and peppers.
  • 2. Cook on low 6 hours.
  • 3. Shred with fork and serve.


*If you are not a fan of peppers, you do not have to eat them, but they are great to add flavor during the cooking process.


Serves: 6

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I don’t purchase Smithfield because they’re owned by the country i do not do business with. I purchase my pork locally.

  2. One thing I do differently. I put the pork roast on a bed of red onion. I then use a sweet onion on the top of the roast along with the Au jus, peppers and ranch powder. I like onions on the side when served. I lived in Mississippi for 4 years.

  3. 5 stars
    This was really good. I was skeptical of it but so glad we tried it. I didn’t have au jus mix so I opted for a couple healthy spoonfuls of “beef better than bouillon” and I opted for the unsalted butter because I had some extra in the frige….it was delicious. Thank you!

  4. Has anybody done this in the Instapot? Any idea how long I would cook it for? I don’t have a large slow cooker at the moment only a small one.

  5. I make this often and my only complaint is that it is very salty Tasting and I don’t add any salt at all. I have tried using salt free butter. I have looked for salt free dressing but haven’t found any. If you make this don’t add salt until you taste after cooking. It is delicious otherwise.

    1. Look on the Instapot charts and find pork roast (or whatever type of meat you use) and the cooking times for it. Do the rest the same. I’d do a natural steam release, just let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

  6. Is there another option for the pork. I have been to 3 different grocery stores and can not find that item. Any suggestions. Thank you

    1. My Mom made this 50 yrs ago. She got a large flank steak put seasoning
      Packets in jar w/lid & shook that up – spread on meat – rolled it up like jellyroll – made a boat out off foil – Used a Pyrex dish so wouldn’t leak then poured broth on in – covered it & slow baked in oven 250 degree oven all day. Such a wonderful smell all day! Served it with Italian bread sliced on diagonal or on big rolls or with egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Any kind of beef roast works – I used a large sirloin roast as that is less fatty. Mom said roast with marbled fat gives more flavor.
      My step-father put sliced jalapeños on it. Enjoy!

  7. I am not a big fan of hot/spicy foods. Do the pepperoncini’s give it flavor or do they provide a hot kick? Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Hi, thanks for the recipe. Do you think this would be ok in the crock pot on low for 8 hours? Or do you think it would dry out?

  9. Alyssa, your recipes are amazing and very tasty! Thank you so much! I look forward to reading and trying most of them. I’m going to cook this one soon. However, as much as I liked and used Smithfield products in the past, I will no longer use these products. They sold out to China and I don’t support this action. I support my country, USA, products, whenever I can, and truly, do not trust these products. Just a personal opinion. Thank you, again.

    1. I agree with your opinion, Dru. After learning about the meat industry, it’s a shame to support these large companies that do not care properly for the animals, not to mention what the animals are injected with that is then passed on to the consumer’s body. Need to make better choices. There are smaller USA meat companies that have a variety of products. I buy from my local health food store. Recently I bought lamb chops and they were the best!

  10. I do not eat a reduced salt diet but this is very salty. I love the taste if I could reduce the salt just a bit. Perhaps the brand of au just packet you buy matters? Could you add that info? I really like this easy delicious recipe if I could get the salt under control.

    1. I use 1 package of Hidden Valley powdered ranch, 1 package of McCormick Au Jus Gravy Mix, 1 stick of unsalted butter and about 5-6 peppers (depends on size, if small I use 6) when I make Mississippi pot roast (using a 3 lb beef roast, cooked on low for 8 hrs). When I used salted butter my bf said it was salty but when I switched to unsalted butter he preferred it more.

      1. 5 stars
        I agree with Joanna…. I have made this many time with beef chuck roast and it is heaven. And the unsalted butter does cut back on the salty taste. We also make a side of gravy when we put this over rice. Southern style! But it also is great over or along side mashed potatoes.

  11. What if I can’t find a marinated pork roast? Can I use one that is not marinated? Should I add something to the pork if it’s not marinated? Thanks!

      1. I have tried to find this marinated pork roast and it is not available. There’s Smithfield marinated pork tenderloin but I know that’s not the same and is probably too tender for slow cooking.

      2. You can get marinated pork roast (pulled pork) at Costco, works perfectly and is delicious, but I have used unmarinated before and it is equally as delicious. I have also made this with thick cut pork chops and also with chicken breasts and its delicious too…lots of ways to make it!

  12. 4 stars
    I’m sure it’s because I used a larger roast (about 2.5 lbs), but it was not that close to done after about 5.5 hours. However I just jacked the heat to high and after an hour and a half, it was pretty much perfect. Tasted great, too.

  13. 5 stars
    I make this with beef, and never thought to try it with pork, so I am looking forward to checking it out. We love this recipe (makes great french dip sandwiches with the leftovers), but I do find it tends to be a little salty. I use the low-sodium version of the Au Jus packet, and googled a recipe for homemade dry ranch seasoning so that I could control the salt a little better. I also found a jar of sliced pepperoncinis, so I use that instead of the whole ones – they just melt right into the sauce! At the end, I add a little cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy.

  14. oh my………..this looks so good

    I’m a bit confused though – the pictures and narrative indicate a stick of butter (which would be a 1/2 cup) but the ingredient list says 1/4 cup butter (which is half a stick)……
    so which is it? a stick? or half a stick?

    1. 5 stars
      1 stick of butter (1/2 cup). I recommend unsalted- you can also make this recipe with chicken breasts and a beef roast. We toast hawaiian rolls in oven, slather with mayo and add a slice of melted provolone…delish!

  15. 5 stars
    Great recipe – had to change out the ranch dressing for a generic one as well as the gravy but turned out amazing nonetheless. Combined this with one of my favorite breakfast quesadilla recipe and managed to make everyone’s day in the office 🙂

  16. As a young wife would appreciate weight of roasts AND being from Australia would love ingredients to to seasonings ( ranch)
    Love reading your recipes NOW have to make them

    1. They are using 2 pound pork roasts here, which is roughly 900 grams or so. As far as the ingredients, they are literally using pre made packets. Search your store or the internet for “Hidden Valley Ranch Mix.” And you didn’t ask, but also perhaps search for “McCormick Au Jus Graby Mix.”

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