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Easy Pork Shoulder

Roasting a whole pork shoulder takes time, but it's worth the wait. It yields a lion's share of rich, tender meat that you can prepare in diverse ways.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 5 hours
  • yield: Makes 8 to 10 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder (7 pounds)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup water

Cook's Note

Refrigerate shredded meat in airtight containers, up to 3 days. If desired, reserve fat and render by cooking over low heat until mostly liquid. Strain and refrigerate; use in place of oil.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Using a sharp knife, score the fat (but not the meat) on 1 boneless pork shoulder (7 pounds) in a diamond pattern. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Place pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan or large Dutch oven with 1/2 cup water. Roast until some fat has rendered, about 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Tightly cover pan with foil or a lid. Cook until meat is very tender, about 4 hours. When cool enough to handle, remove fat from top of roast. Using two forks, shred meat into bite-size pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.

Source
Everyday Food, April 2010

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Reviews (1)

  • 14 Apr, 2013

    Starting the roasting process at a higher temperature creates a nice brown crisp fat layer. The slow roasted meat underneath is tasty and tender. This recipe is a keeper!