Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hey Pig...Yeah you...hey piggypiggypigpig

Yup.  Pig night tonight.  Picked up a pork picnic shoulder on sale the other day while grocery shopping.  $6 for a decent sized roast, which will be turned into about 3 meals or so.  Tonight, I'm just roasting it while following this recipe:

I DID make some adjustments.  I didn't have any sherry or chicken stock so I used beef stock and beer instead.  I left out the carrots because no one here likes cooked carrots. It is smelling REALLY good right now.  The left over meat will be used to make pulled pork sammies and pulled pork enchiladas.  Nothing too special there.

Anyway I got my recipe from this website here: Pork Shoulder Roast  Enjoy!!!


  • 1  bone-in, skin-on fresh pork picnic shoulder (6 to 7 lb.)
  • 1  head garlic (2 1/2 oz.)
  • 1  tablespoon  coarse salt
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  dried oregano
  • 1  teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1/2  teaspoon  fresh-ground pepper
  • 1  onion (10 oz.), peeled and sliced
  • 1  carrot (4 oz.), rinsed and sliced
  • 1/2  cup  oloroso or cream sherry
  • 4  cups  fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried hot chile flakes
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar


1. Rinse pork and pat dry. Score skin in a crisscross diamond pattern, making 1/8-inch-deep cuts about 1 inch apart. Separate and peel garlic cloves. In a mortar and pestle, crush garlic, salt, oregano, thyme, and pepper into a coarse paste (or mince garlic, then mix with salt, herbs, and pepper). Rub garlic paste all over roast. Set roast, skin side up, on a rack in an oiled 9- by 13-inch roasting pan.
2. Roast in a 450° oven (see notes) until deep golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.
3. Remove pan from oven and scatter onion and carrot slices around pork. Pour 1/4 cup sherry and 2 cups broth into pan. Add chile flakes. Baste pork with some of the pan juices. Reduce oven temperature to 225° and bake until a thermometer inserted through the center of thickest part at bone reads 170° to 175°, 8 to 9 hours (do not insert thermometer before the last hour of roasting). If pork is done before you're ready to serve, reduce oven temperature to 160° and hold in oven up to 4 hours.
4. About 30 minutes before serving, transfer pork to a carving board. (For extra-crisp pork skin cracklings, see notes.) Cover pork loosely and set in a warm place. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup sherry and 2 cups broth into the roasting pan (drippings will be dark) and set on a burner over high heat. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by about half, 7 to 10 minutes. Pour through a wire strainer set over a bowl, pressing on vegetables (discard vegetables); you should have 1 to 1 1/3 cups drippings. Skim off and discard fat. Stir in vinegar.
5. Lift skin off pork and cut it into bite-size chunks or strips; pile on a platter. Slice meat across the grain and arrange on platter. Drizzle about a fourth of the pan juices over meat; serve remaining to add to taste.
NOTES: You may need to order the pork from your meat market in advance. Monitor oven temperature with a thermometer before starting, and adjust temperature as needed. If you hold the roast in the oven after it is done, check to see if oven is still on after 12 hours of continuous use; some ovens turn off automatically. A convection oven is not recommended. For extra-crisp cracklings, pull skin off cooked pork, separate into bite-size pieces, and place in a shallow pan. Bake in a 400° oven until crisp and puffy, about 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information

521 (66% from fat)
38g (sat 14)


  1. haha i should send you over to a friend of mines blog shes constantly puting up recipes and meals shes doing. http://baking-a-cake.blogspot.com/

  2. This sounds delicious. You should try to make your own insane creations like epic meal time.

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  3. Just reading makes me really hungry ^^

  4. This on is a bit too fatty for me (but I might try it anyways). Going to go make me something to eat right now... lol

  5. It sounds really good but I am not a huge fan of pork. Just makes me think of Pulp Fiction.

  6. Ah.. making me hungry with that.

  7. Why do i keep returning when i haven't had lunch? Now im hungry but thanks for the recipe!

  8. Oooh. Looks delicious. Need to try this recipe. Thanks alot!

  9. this sounds so dang delicious i am actually gonna go pick up a roast and try this out tonight! *Crosses fingers for success*

  10. Hmmm, now I know what I want for dinner.

  11. A lot of fat, but sounds yummi!

  12. Yeah I know, lots of fat. Us adults practice portion control in this house, but the kids, are pretty scrawny and their pediatricians want them to beef up a bit, so they need what one would call "Soul Food"

  13. Sounds good keep posting those recipes

  14. Mmmm, pork. Wish I had the ingredients and time to whip this up right now. Will check back at your blog soon man! Keep up the good work.

  15. I LOVE cooking. especially since i just moved out and i need to cook for myself. i think i might give this recipe a try very soon. sounds delicious.

  16. I prefer fish, but it sounds like a nice recipe

  17. Sounds great, and the seasonings in this recipie sound like it would add a lot of very nice flavor to it all.

  18. sounds so... delicious.. m.. so delicious..

  19. that made me hungry. you should post photos!