I've made pork shoulder in the oven before I was chained to the house all day. Not to mention, it created a ton of smoke. That may or may not have been from our terrible oven at the time...most likely. I find it far easier to make and just as good in the crockpot. It also frees up your oven to make Cinnamon and Thyme Butternut Squash Fries to go with your bbq. Win-win!