Eat/Drank

The Most Versatile Roasted Pork

November 18, 2015

More food on the blog today – anyone mad? anyone? Didn’t think so.

We’re deep into the Fall by this point, and the nights are getting pretty chilly. Nothing is better than cooking something hearty and slow for a long time, and curling up with its delicious-ness on a cold evening. The best part about this recipe is it makes great leftovers that can be converted to a million different things so you don’t get sick of it by meal #7 and you’re still eating this damn pork.

I’ll be honest, in my quest to #adult I sometimes try to take on bigger projects in the kitchen. Something that requires a bit more tact and skill than throwing a chicken breast onto my grill pan anyway. That was this project. I was intimidated, nervous, and generally losing my shit over it.

In reality? Super easy, and the results were bomb.com. Do the kids still use that phrase?

This slow roasted pork shoulder is a throw-it-in-a-pan-and-forget-it type protein that is then shredded and can be used in roughly a bajillion different ways. (That’s the scientific number.)

Again, I’m terrible with those stupid measuring cups – I work off what smells good. But I’ll give you some estimates, adjust to taste.

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Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

1 4-5 lb pork shoulder (I used boneless, if bone in, increase the cook time)
1 yellow onion
8-10 garlic cloves (yes, really.)
1 tbls Cumin
1-2 tbls Oregano
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil

Preheat your oven to 375 deg F.

Trim off any extra superfluous fat from the pork shoulder, and if it’s boneless, cut into large chunks. Chop the other stuff up (onions and garlic) and throw it all into a large roasting pan (I used disposable) with your meat and the spices. Add 1/2 cup of water and loosely cover with aluminum foil.

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Cook for 3-4 hrs, until the internal temp of the meat reaches at least 145 deg before resting. After allowing the meat to rest, remove from the pan and pull. I added the meat back to the onions / juices but that’s up to you.

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Now that you’ve created this pork masterpiece – use for basically anything! Over mashed potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, BBQ pulled pork pizza – the options are nearly endless. Here’s what I made (except the sandwich; the fluorescent lighting of my work break room does not a good photo take.)

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So good. So easy. Cheap. And my lunch was packed for days. All wins in my book!

What creative use can you find for your roast pork? Show me on instagram with #30thandweldon!

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