The Ultimate Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Recipe

If you’re looking for a mouthwatering, fall-apart tender pork dish with a delectable crust and succulent interior, then look no further. Our slow roasted pork shoulder is the epitome of perfection. In this recipe, we take a boneless pork shoulder, rub it with a blend of olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs, and then roast it low and slow to achieve unparalleled flavor.

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

Don’t be intimidated by the long cooking time – once you complete the quick prep, the hands-off cooking takes over. Simply let the oven work its magic while you sit back and anticipate the incredible meal to come.

Slow cooking the pork shoulder in the oven delivers a dish that is worthy of any special occasion. For an elevated dining experience, pair the succulent pork with delightful side dishes like mushroom rice pilaf, creamed spinach, or garlic parsley potatoes.

The Perfect Ingredients

To create this culinary masterpiece, you will need:

  • Pork: We recommend using a 4-5 pound boneless pork shoulder (also known as a butt roast). Leaving the skin and fat intact enhances the flavor. This size is perfect for serving six generous portions, with enough for leftovers.
  • Herbs and Spices: Create a flavorful blend using fresh rosemary, thyme, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and plenty of garlic.
  • Oil: We rely on olive oil to bring together the garlic and herb mixture.

Ingredients for Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

Additionally, you will need kitchen twine to tie the meat and create a uniform shape, as well as a rimmed baking dish large enough to accommodate the pork and its delicious drippings.

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Tips for Perfection

To ensure your slow roasted pork shoulder is extraordinary, keep these tips in mind:

  • If fresh herbs are unavailable, dried rosemary and thyme can be used as substitutes. However, due to their concentrated flavor, use ⅓ to ½ teaspoon instead of the original 1 teaspoon.
  • Avoid chopping the garlic too finely. The initial high heat of the oven (for the first 15 minutes) may cause smaller pieces to burn quickly. Roughly chop the garlic for heartier pieces.
  • Adjust the roasting time for larger pork pieces. Add an additional 30-60 minutes per extra pound. Ensure the internal temperature reaches at least 180°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • While a boneless pork shoulder is preferable, a bone-in piece can also be used. The cooking time should not require significant adjustments due to the long cooking duration.
  • Tempting as it may be, resist the urge to open the oven frequently to check on the pork. Each time the oven is opened, the temperature drops significantly, prolonging the cooking time.

Instructions for Culinary Perfection

  1. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, salt, thyme, rosemary, and black pepper. Stir until well mixed.

    Garlic Herb Rub

  2. Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels and place it in a rimmed baking dish. Apply the garlic herb mixture generously all over the meat, ensuring it reaches the slit in the center where the bone was removed.

    Preparing the Pork Shoulder

  3. Truss (tie) the pork shoulder with kitchen twine to create a uniform shape and promote even cooking. Place the pork fat side down in the baking dish.

  4. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for enhanced flavor development.

  5. Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes to remove the chill from the meat and dish.

  6. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  7. Cook the pork shoulder for 15 minutes at this high heat.

  8. Immediately lower the oven temperature to 275°F without opening the oven door.

  9. Slow roast the pork for 6 to 6 ½ hours, allowing the flavors to meld and the meat to reach the perfect level of tenderness.

    Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

  10. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the roasted pork shoulder is at least 180°F.

  11. Allow the pork to rest for a few minutes, then transfer it to a clean baking or serving dish. The meat will be incredibly tender, making it ideal for pulling or shredding.

    Shredded Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

  12. Serve and indulge in the succulent flavors of this slow roasted pork shoulder.

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In Conclusion

Our slow roasted pork shoulder recipe is the epitome of culinary excellence. With its tender texture, irresistible flavors, and delightful aroma, it is the perfect centerpiece for any special occasion. Embrace the slow cooking process, savoring each moment as the flavors develop and intensify. Elevate your dining experience with our recommended side dishes and treat your taste buds to an unforgettable feast. Indulge in the mastery of slow roasting and discover the true artistry of barbecue.

📖 Recipe: Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder