Braised Pork Shoulder

Prep Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 50 mins

Make an irresistible dinner (or three!) with a slow-cooked pork shoulder that has the perfect flavors for a cool evening. Use this recipe to make Open-Faced Porchetta Sandwich with Caramelized Apples or Ribbon Pasta With Pork Ragu and Fresh Sage. Use the pork skin to make Roasted Baby Potatoes with Cracklings and Chives.


  • 6 ounces pancetta, finely chopped

  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 bone-in pork shoulder (6 to 7 pounds), skin on (if making potatoes), room temperature

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 head garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, toasted and ground

  • 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds

  • 2 cups Belgian-style ale

  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Crisp pancetta in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat, until fat is rendered, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon.

  2. Add onions to Dutch oven. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 25 minutes. Transfer to plate using slotted spoon.

  3. Season pork with salt and pepper. Add oil to Dutch oven, and sear pork, fat side down, until golden, about 5 minutes. Flip, and repeat.

  4. Add garlic and spices to pot. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ale, stock, pancetta, and onions; bring to a simmer. Transfer to oven, and braise pork, covered, basting every hour, until meat is falling off the bone, about 4 hours. Shred meat (just what you're using) using 2 forks, and drizzle with warm skimmed jus.


Cook's Notes

Serving idea: Pile shredded pork on creamy polenta. Drizzle with jus.

Cook's Notes

For leftovers: Cut away and reserve skin if making potatoes. Refrigerate pork in jus with onions overnight; skim fat from top (reserve if making potatoes). Reheat pork in oven, and shred just before using. You'll need shredded meat and skimmed jus for all three recipes.

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