Roasted Pork Shoulder

Roasting a whole pork shoulder takes time, but it's worth the wait. It yields a generous portion of meat that can be served up in so many ways. Turn one simple roast into three different meals by changing up the sauces and sides.
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Serves 6-8

Serve this with a spicy coleslaw or shredded veggie salad.

You’ll Need

  • 1 pork shoulder (or butt), approx. 5 lbs
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice

Prep and Cook

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Season the pork all over with a generous amount of salt and fresh ground pepper. Scatter the onion and carrot over the bottom of a roasting pan or large Dutch oven and place the pork, fat side up, on the vegetables.
  • Pour the apple cider around the pork and place in the oven, roasting for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300°F. Tightly cover the pan with aluminum foil (or a tight-fitting lid) and cook until the meat is tender and falls away from the bone, about 5 hours.
  • When the pork is cool enough to handle, remove the fat from the roast and shred the meat into bite-size pieces using two forks; discard the bone and large chunks of fat.
  • Shredded meat can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge for three days. To freeze it, portion the pork in 2-3 cup servings and freeze for up to three months.
  • To make pulled pork sandwiches, combine your favourite barbecue sauce and shredded pork in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and cook until warmed through. Serve on buns with a side of spicy coleslaw or a kid-friendly shredded veggie salad.
  • To make pork ragu, sauté one sliced onion and one minced garlic clove in some olive oil in a large saucepan, cooking until soft. Add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes, 1 cup red wine, ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce and 3 cups shredded pork. Stir well and simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper and serve over pasta.
  • To make pulled pork tacos, heat some olive oil in a large skillet and sauté one chopped yellow onion and two minced garlic cloves, cooking until soft, about 10 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1 teaspoon chilli powder and stir well. Add 2 cups shredded pork and 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional) and stir to combine, cooking until warmed through. Serve in tortillas with desired toppings.


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