|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 46g||59%|
|Saturated Fat 16g||81%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||9%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Spicy, sweet, and succulent, this slow-roasted pork is definitely one for your recipe collection. A boneless pork shoulder is covered with a spice rub made from dried chiles, brown sugar, and ginger. Then it's roasted—initially at a very high temperature to brown the exterior, and then finished at a very low temperature to break down the connective tissues, maximize juiciness, and cook the meat through.
What makes this pork shoulder recipe foolproof is using a digital probe thermometer, which takes all the guesswork out of getting the temperature right. Simply insert the probe into the deepest part of the roast, set the target temperature to 140 F, and then just wait for the beep.
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"I followed the instructions and roasted a 3.78-pound pork butt roast to 140 F followed by a 15-minute rest to bring it up to 145 F. The pork sliced nicely and the flavor was excellent. For tender, falling-apart pork, you’ll want a temperature of about 190 F to 200 F." —Diana Rattray
3 1/2 to 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (also called Boston blade roast or Boston butt)
For the Spice Rub:
1 teaspoon dried crushed red peppers
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt (not sea salt or table salt)
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 500 F. Mix all of the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl to form a paste.
Use a basting brush or spoon to coat the roast. (You might have some left over, depending on the size of your roast.)
Place the seasoned pork shoulder on a rack in a roasting pan and transfer it to the oven.
Roast for 20 minutes. Lower the heat to 250 F and cook until your probe thermometer reads 140 F, which will take another hour or so. The exterior of the roast should be a beautiful brown color.
Remove the roast from the oven, cover it loosely with foil, and let it rest for 15 minutes, during which time the temperature will continue to rise until it reaches the target temperature of 145 F.
Slice, serve, and enjoy.
- Because this cut of pork is boneless, you don't have to worry about hitting any bones with the thermometer which will affect the temperature reading. As long as you insert the tip of the probe into the very center of the roast, the technique is foolproof.
- Although it used to be the recommendation to cook pork to 160 F, the USDA changed its recommended target temperature in 2011. Instead of 160 F, it is now recommended to cook pork to 145 F.
- This technique will also work for a smaller roast. You will need to shorten the initial high-temperature roasting time. For a 3-pound roast, decrease by 5 minutes, from 20 minutes down to 15 minutes.
- Keep in mind that this recipe is for a slicing roast. If you're looking to roast your meat for pulled pork, cook the roast to at least 190 F for pulled pork consistency.
Is Pork Shoulder a Good Cut of Meat?
It may not be considered dinner-party worthy, but pork shoulder is a versatile and forgiving cut of pork. It is not as lean as chops and tenderloin, so the shoulder tends to be more moist and tender, especially when it is cooked low and slow.