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Mississippi Pork Roast

Rich, savory, and super tender, this Mississippi pork roast is an easy comfort meal that’s packed with flavor. The pork shoulder is so juicy and absorbs the spicy and creamy flavors from the braising liquid. 

A bowl of shredded pork with pepperoncini peppers, next to a fork


There are few things in life as good as tender, juicy, and deeply flavorful pieces of meat. And that’s exactly what this Mississippi pork roast is. Pork shoulder is slowly cooked in a mixture of ranch dressing mix, au jus mix, pepperoncini, and butter until it becomes rich, creamy, spicy, loaded with umami, and melts in your mouth. 

You can make this Mississippi pork roast in a crock pot or an Instant Pot, whichever you prefer. Both will leave you with shredded pork that’s moist, super savory, buttery, and exploding with flavor. You’ve got to try making this recipe. 

Why You’ll Love This Mississippi Roast Recipe

I make this recipe all the time, especially when I need a hearty and filling comfort meal on a cold day. Here’s why you’ll love this Mississippi roast pork. 

  • Easy. This is a really easy recipe to make, whether you’re using an Instant Pot or a crock pot. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together, cook the pork on an automatic setting, and then shred the meat. That’s it! 
  • Affordable. This is a restaurant-quality pork dish that’s very affordable. Pork shoulder is one of the most reasonably priced cuts of meat that you can buy, and this recipe only has a handful of other ingredients, all of which are quite affordable. 
  • So flavorful. I really can’t put into words just how much flavor this Mississippi pork roast has. You’ve got to make it to believe it! The pepperoncini adds spiciness and acidity, the ranch adds tanginess and creaminess, the butter adds richness, and the au jus adds such a meaty and savory flavor. Your taste buds will be dancing after eating this for dinner.
  • Versatile. You can do so many things with this juicy and hearty pork recipe. It works great as an entree, but you can also put the meat on sandwiches and wraps, or in burritos and tacos. You can even use the meat in a breakfast hash or an omelet. There’s no limit to the different ways that you can eat this tender Mississippi pork roast.  
Overhead view of the ingredients needed for Mississippi pork roast: a bowl of pork shoulder, a bowl of pepperoncinis, a bowl of pepperoncini juice, a bowl of ranch dressing mix, a packet of au jus, and a stick of butter

Ingredients Needed

Here are all the ingredients that you’ll need to make this hot and comforting pork dinner. Head to the recipe card at the end of the article to see the exact amounts for each of the ingredients. 

  • Pork shoulder – Cut the meat into 3 or 4-inch chunks. 
  • Ranch dressing mix
  • Au jus mix
  • Butter
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  • Pepperoncini juice 
  • Water – You only need to use water if you’re cooking the roast in an Instant Pot. 

How to Make Mississippi Pork Roast

Whether you’re using an Instant Pot or a crock pot, this juicy Mississippi pork roast couldn’t be any easier to make. Here’s how to do it.

  • Season. Put the pork in the Instant Pot or crock pot and cover it with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus packet. Place cubes of butter over the top of the meat.
  • Add the peppers. Put the pepperoncini peppers and their juice over the top of the seasoned pork. If you’re using an Instant Pot, then pour the water in as well. 
Raw pork in an Instant pot covered with seasoning, pepperoncini peppers, and pieces of butter
  • Cook. If using an Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 45 minutes, then let the pressure cooker naturally release for 10 minutes to unlock. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  • Shred. Remove the pork and shred it with forks. Put the meat back in the pot, toss with the cooking juice, and serve hot.  

Tips and Variations

Here are some easy tricks and variations to try out when you make this hearty Mississippi pork roast in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.

  • Use homemade ranch dressing mix. I love to make my own spice rubs and seasoning blends. They’re fast, easy, affordable, and so much better than what you can buy at the store. One of my favorite seasonings to make is Ranch Dressing Mix. If you use this instead of a store-bought packet, your Mississippi roast pork will taste even better.
  • Adjust the spiciness. The pepperoncini peppers and their juice are really important for this recipe. If you don’t like much heat, don’t worry: they don’t make the meat very spicy. But you can still add fewer peppers if you want. And if you like extra heat, you can just double the number of peppers in the recipe.
  • Use other cuts of meat. I make this Mississippi pork roast with pork shoulder because it’s an affordable cut of pork that gets so tender when you cook it in a crock pot or Instant Pot. But if you have other cuts of pork around, you can use them instead. You can even mix and match different cuts of pork, or mix pork with beef! Or you can make Mississippi Chicken as well for a little bit of a lighter choice.
  • Use the crockpot. You can easily follow this same recipe using the crockpot. Just omit the water that is called for in the recipe. You do not need to cut the meat into cubes, you can leave it whole. Cook on low for 8-10 hours until it shreds easily.
A plate with two sliders filled with shredded pork

What to Serve With Instant Pot Mississippi Roast Pork

My favorite way to eat this juicy and rich pork roast is to use it as the meat in a sandwich. But it’s also great served on top of rice or Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, with some comforting side dishes. Here are a few of my go-to sides to serve with Mississippi pork roast.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers 

Homemade Mississippi pork roast will last in the fridge for up to 4 days, as long as you store it in an airtight container. You can reheat it in the microwave in 30-second increments, or with the warm setting on your slow cooker or Instant Pot. 

Can You Freeze Mississippi Pork Roast? 

This juicy and hearty pork is a great recipe to freeze. Make sure that the meat is completely cooled, then store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

A bowl full of shredded pork with pepperoncini peppers

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes

I use my Instant Pot all the time. The pressure from the Instant Pot is able to create so much flavor in such a short amount of time, while also keeping meat tender and juicy. Here are a few of my other favorite Instant Pot Recipes. 

Yield: 10 servings

Mississippi Pork Roast

A bowl of shredded pork topped with pepperoncini peppers

Mississippi pork roast is full of tender, juicy, and rich meat, with spicy pepperoncini peppers. It's hearty and comforting, and easy to make in a crock pot or Instant Pot.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder
  • 2 Tablespoons ranch dressing mix (or a 1-ounce package)
  • 1 package au jus mix
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 8-10 pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini juice
  • 1/2 cup water (only needed if using an Instant Pot)


  1. Cut the pork shoulder into chunks that are about 3-4 inches on each side. Put the meat in the base of your Instant Pot or crock pot.
  2. Cover the meat with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus packet, then put the cubes of butter over the pork.
  3. Put the pepperoncini peppers and their juice on top.
  4. If you're using an Instant Pot, add the water hear.
  5. Put the lid on and cook. If you're using an Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 45 minutes, then let the Instant Pot naturally release for 10 minutes. If you're using a crock pot, cook on low for 8-9 hours (you do not need to cut the meat into chunks, leave as a whole roast).
  6. Remove the meat and shred it with forks.
  7. Put the meat back in the pot, and toss with the juices and peppers. Serve hot.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days, or in the freezer for 6 months.
  • Reheat in a microwave in 30-second increments, or by using the warm setting on your crock pot or Instant Pot.
  • For maximum flavor, make your own Ranch Dressing Mix.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 483Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 135mgSodium 1293mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 33g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Katerina Petrovska

Tuesday 24th of October 2023

This looks SO juicy and tender! I am so excited to try it!!

Allyson Zea

Tuesday 24th of October 2023

This was so flavorful and delicious! Thanks for the easy recipe!


Monday 23rd of October 2023

Oh, yes. Now all I need is some rice! Mississippi roast or pot roast is absolutely delicious. I make it all the time. I can't wait to try your recipe.

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