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Spice Rubbed Pork Shoulder

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I love pork shoulder.  Well, diagnosis it’s fair to say I love pork.   Be it bacon, adiposity ribs, the shoulder, or chops, I’m ready to cook and or eat!  Pork shoulder is a pretty easy piece of meat to cook.  You either slow roast in the oven or in a crock pot.  Although it does take some time, it’s worth every minute.  I usually like to make pulled pork tacos with the shoulder.   In my mind, which may not be saying much, it’s probably one of the most common ways to have this cut of meat.  Most of the time I keep it pretty simple with garlic, salt, pepper and a squeeze of citrus, but this time I added a spice rub to give it that extra oomph.   I made this for an Oscar party I convinced some friend give, well the promise of pulled pork tacos really helped.   And, everyone loved it!   I hope you do too.

 

Scored with rub and garlic

Scored with rub and garlic

 

Pork Shoulder Ready To Cook

Pork Shoulder Ready To Cook

 

Finished Pork Shoulder

Finished Pork Shoulder

 

Pulled Pork Tacos

Pulled Pork Tacos

 

Spice Rubbed Pork Shoulder
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Recipe type: Main Course
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Ingredients
  • 1 Pork shoulder, 4-5 pounds
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of chipotle chile from jar
  • ¼ teaspoon of oregano florets, preferably Mexican
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Dry off the pork
  3. Cut excess skin and fat from under side of shoulder
  4. You only need the top part of the skin and fat.
  5. Score the skin
  6. In some of the slits poke holes to put garlic pieces into
  7. Rough chop garlic and place in holes
  8. How to make rub
  9. Add chile powder, salt, pepper and oregano florets to a bowl
  10. On low heat roast cumin seeds and chipotle chile
  11. Roast till cumin gets smokey and chipotle dries out
  12. The jarred chipotle is little sticky thats why you want to roast it.
  13. Also it give is even more smokiness.
  14. Grind cumin seeds and chipotle chiles in mortar and pestle
  15. Add ground cumin and chipotle into bowl with the rest of the rub
  16. Give it a stir and crush the oregano florets
  17. Rub the spices into the scored parts of the pork
  18. Drizzle roasting pan with olive oil
  19. Place pork in oven for 5 - 6 hours
  20. After about 2 hours place a sheet of foil over pork till its done.
  21. It should fall apart with touch and or fork.
Notes
I mentioned two ways to cook a pork shoulder. Here you have the oven version. The crock pot version is just as simple, just cut off all the skin. If left on it will be super chewy and not at all appetizing. Next use the same rub but just add it to the pot, you may want to increase the amount and add a bay leaf. Also still you can still poke holes into the meat and put garlic in them. Or rough chop the garlic and add it like the spices. Also you will need water to keep it from drying out. Adding a little orange citrus is nice, but not necessary.

* You should treat this like you would a regular roast*

 

Pork Shoulder with Fennel Slaw

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So I came up with this recipe one night when we had some friends come over and convinced them to stay for dinner.  We were already three hours into making a pork shoulder but hadn’t decided what else to go with it.  I looked around the kitchen as I usually do to see what we need and I found a fennel bulb and thought, medical hmmmmmm what can I do with this?  I was already making and Asian inspired pork shoulder, for sale   Why not continue that theme with a fennel coleslaw?  So here is the recipe for both!!!

Asian Pork Shoulder with Fennel Slaw
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Recipe type: Main and Side
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Ingredients
  • 3-4 pound pork shoulder
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • ½ cup dark agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • SLAW
  • 1 medium to large fennel bulb
  • 1 large carrot
  • ¼ quarter of red bell pepper
  • 4 green onions
  • Dressing
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tablespoon of fish sauce
  • ¼ tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Score shoulder
  2. Smash garlic and place cloves in scored pork
  3. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl
  4. Place shoulder in plastic bag
  5. Add marinade
  6. Refrigerate from 6 hours to 24 hours
  7. When done marinating preheat oven to 400
  8. Place shoulder and marinade in roasting pan
  9. Cover with parchment paper and aluminum foil
  10. After 30 minutes lower heat to 300
  11. Cook for 4 hours
  12. Take off parchment and foil
  13. Cook for another 20-30 minutes for crispy skin
  14. Check with meat thermometer, should read 185 degrees when done.
  15. Remove from oven cover with foil again and let sit for 20 minutes before serving.
  16. FENNEL SLAW
  17. Julienne fennel bulb, carrot and red pepper.
  18. Chop onion
  19. Toss in bowl
  20. Mix dressing and pour over slaw
  21. Toss slaw to coat with dressing
  22. Salt and pepper to taste
  23. Serve immediately at room temperature.
Notes
Cooking time and temp varies with each oven. Keep an eye on your roast and baste the shoulder with juices. I like to check and baste every 30minutes or so. You don't want a dry shoulder. Dressing for slaw - taste and add more fish sauce or vinegar for your preference. Prep time does not include marinading time. If it's already too hot for you to have the oven on for 5-6 hours then use a crock pot for the roast. Just cut the fat off and pierce the meat then put the garlic cloves in the holes before you marinade. Also since you've cut off the fat, keep a good eye on it so it doesn't get dry. Cook on low for about 4-6 hours. You will know when it's done, it should fall off the bone.