Juicy and Crispy Roasted Pork Shoulder

Are you in search of the perfect pork dish with juicy, succulent meat and irresistibly crispy skin? Look no further than the slow-roasted pork shoulder from Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. This recipe guarantees flavors that will leave you wanting more.

What Makes A Pork Shoulder Special?

When it comes to pork, there can be some confusion about which cuts to choose. Let’s break it down: the pork shoulder is a primal cut from the shoulder of the pig. It is then further divided into two smaller cuts – the pork butt and the picnic shoulder. The pork butt, also known as the Boston butt, is located closer to the backbone and is more tender with well-distributed fat. The picnic shoulder, on the other hand, is found lower on the leg and has denser, tougher meat.

Knowing the Difference: Boston Butt vs. Picnic Shoulder

Both cuts are relatively tough and benefit from slow cooking methods like braising, slow-cooking, and, of course, slow-roasting. However, each cut has its own unique qualities. The well-marbled Boston butt is ideal for pulled pork and can also be grilled as steaks. On the other hand, the picnic shoulder, often bone-in, is best enjoyed as a roast and provides delicious, hunk-like pieces of meat. The skin on the picnic shoulder adds a delightful crunch and extra flavor.

The Perfect Roasted Pork Shoulder

To achieve the most mouth-watering results, we recommend using our basic reverse sear method for roasting pork, with a few tweaks. The initial roast is done at a slightly lower temperature to break down the sinew and create meltingly tender meat. The final reverse sear is hotter and longer, resulting in that irresistible crispy skin. For a bolder flavor, try our Homemade Pork Rub instead of the suggested seasonings in the recipe.

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Roasted Pork Shoulder

Serving Suggestions

To complement the succulent pork, serve it with your choice of gravy, barbecue sauce, salsa, or chimichurri for dipping. Don’t forget plenty of napkins! For those who enjoy the combination of cracklings with slow-cooked meat, the picnic shoulder is the ultimate choice. The skin-on feature keeps the meat moist and yields the perfect result.

Enjoy this flavorful masterpiece from Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, and let the aroma and taste transport you to BBQ heaven. For more delicious recipes and BBQ inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.