Overnight Pork

When a pork shoulder or Boston Butt goes on sale, grab it!  This can feed chef Lynsie Steele's 6 person family for a week!  What's more exciting is how practical pork can be.  It cooks overnight, and can be used in different meals throughout the week, so your children never get bored. 

We teach parents exactly how to cook this yummy hunk of meat, from start to finish, in our Cooking for Development Classes, where Lynsie Steele first introduced us to the simplicity of this one pot dish. 

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Budget tip!

Using a roast with the bone in, not only costs less, but helps your food stores stretch further!  Remove the bone and freeze it in a storage container.  When ready, add it to water and make stock. 

1 large pork roast (shoulder or Boston butt)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp garlic powder or minced garlic cloves
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven to 475F.  Prepare a Dutch oven, slow cooker, or ovenproof cooking vessel with high sides and a lid.  
  • Allow pork to come to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking, if time allows.  This can be done before dinner/bed.
  • Combine all ingredients except pork roast in a small bowl and stir to from a paste. 
  • Place pork roast, fatty side up, in the Dutch oven, and speed the past all over the top to coat. 
  • Place in the oven with the lid secured and set a timer for 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 300F and continue to cook low and slow for at least 8 hours and up to 12 hours. Or, simply place in slow cooker for the same amount of time.
  • Remove from oven when done, allow to cook, and cut into thirds to use for other pork recipes, or shred it all, if you are feeding a huge crowd!  Refrigerate until ready to use. 

This pork can be used so many ways!  But, check out our recipes for BBQ Pork Sliders, Carnitas Tacos Verde, and Pork Pozole Stew. 


Developmental Notes

  • Pork with loaded with vitamin B12.  This powerhouse vitamin plays an important role in healthy sleep.  Did you know that some children who weren't getting enough sleep were misdiagnosed with ADHD?  Sleep is critical for learning!
  • Adding different spices, like chili powder or even curry, helps introduce little palates to a broader spectrum of flavors, encouraging less-picky eating habits over time.

Let us know if you try it!