Pork Shoulder Roast

Whether cooking pork shoulder or a butt roast, browse these recipes to find the perfect way to barbecue, grill or smoke this meaty pork roast cut.

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Oven-Barbecued Pork

National Pork Board
Total: 10 hrs 15 mins

Pork Braised in Champagne Vinegar

Food & Wine

Champagne vinegar, made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, gets its rich, mellow flavor from being aged in oak barrels, like wine. David Page uses J. LeBlanc Champagne vinegar (available from lobels.com) to braise this luscious bone-in pork shoulder that's also flavored with cumin, coriander, and mustard seed.

Total: 4 hrs

Pork Roast with Harvest Fruits

Better Homes and Gardens

For this recipe, a pork shoulder is braised in balsamic vinegar and red wine, both of which balance the sweetness of the fruit and contribute a delectable kick to the sauce.

Milk-Braised Pork with Cheesy Grits

Midwest Living

Try this spruced-up version of traditional Southern comfort food the next time your family has something to celebrate. Stir in Monterey Jack and cheddar for a cheesy take on grits.

Apricot-Stuffed Pork Shoulder with Soy-Honey Glaze

Food & Wine

Pork shoulder is a succulent cut that's best braised or roasted slowly, so it stays tender and juicy. The sweet-and-savory glazed pork here is terrific with or without the garlic-and-dried-apricot stuffing.

Total: 4 hrs

Garlic-Rubbed Pork Shoulder with Spring Vegetables

Food & Wine

Pork shoulder is often braised or smoked, but Andrew Green, wine director for the Bacchus Management Group (which includes Spruce in San Francisco), rubs it with garlic and herbs, then slow-roasts the meat until it's juicy and crusty.

Total: 3 hrs 30 mins

Baked Orecchiette with Pork Sugo

Food & Wine

In Italian cuisine, a sugo is a gravy or sauce. Here, Ethan Stowell prepares a pork sugo by braising pork shoulder until it almost falls apart, shredding it in a food processor and mixing it with a red-wine-and-tomato sauce; then he bakes it with orecchiette under a topping of Parmigiano cheese until crispy. The dish is an excellent alternative to the usual baked pasta, because it's not as heavy and cheesy but still delicious and satisfying.

Total: 4 hrs

Ranch Pork Roast

Better Homes and Gardens

This is no ordinary roast with potatoes. Made with a tangy, creamy sauce of cream cheese seasoned with ranch dressing, this one-dish meal stands in a category all its own.

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos


Sweet pineapple balances the hint of heat in the tomato sauce that tenderizes the pork shoulder.

Total: 7 hrs 20 mins

Memphis-Style Smoked Pork with Bourbon Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

For tenderness and flavor, the pork is marinated in a thin, vinegary, tangy-sweet sauce for 24 hours before being grilled in a smoker. Serve this main dish sandwich the traditional way, on rolls or buns topped with coleslaw and more Memphis-style sauce.

Pork and Apricots with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

This harvest meal features tender pork shoulder and sausage seasoned with tarragon and fennel, plus a generous helping of fluffy mashed sweet potatoes.

Pork Souvlaki with Tzatziki

Food & Wine

Greeks make souvlaki by marinating chunks of meat (usually pork or lamb) in oil, lemon juice, and oregano, then skewering and grilling them. Grace Parisi opts for pork shoulder because it's so tender and succulent. Instead of threading the meat onto skewers, she simply cooks it (with onions) in a grill pan until it's nicely charred, then serves it with store-bought pita and a garlicky cucumber-yogurt sauce called tzatziki.

Total: 40 mins

Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Cherry Tomatoes

Food & Wine

Peter Hoffman created this dish especially for Food & Wine's Glass House dinner. He wanted to cook a fabulous pork shoulder with an intense spice rub and serve it with an assortment of vegetables that mark the crossover moment between summer and autumn: romano beans, cranberry beans, and oven-roasted tomatoes. A garnish of gremolata (chopped lemon zest, parsley, and garlic) adds fresh flavor to the slow-cooked meat.

Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Slow Cooker Taco Shortcakes

Betty Crocker

A savory version of a sweet dessert features a zippy pork and bean mixture over corn muffin "shortcakes."

Total: 10 hrs 25 mins

Down-Home Pork Stew

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Nothing beats a warm, nourishing pork stew on a cold winter's night. Our quick recipe takes it up a notch, with a subtle sweetness from sweet potatoes and corn.

Total: 1 hr

Chipotle Pork Wraps

Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled pork and chipotle mayonnaise sauce flavor these Mexican-inspired tortilla sandwiches. Look for chipotle chile powder in the herb and spice aisle of your supermarket.

Fred's Ultimate Smoked Pork Shoulder

Fine Cooking Books

This started out as strictly a North Carolina-style barbecue, but over the years it has evolved. The rub is more Memphis, and it helps produce a better "outside brown," those prized bits of char that get chopped into pork barbecue. The injected brine is Cuban in influence; injecting pork shoulders is all the rage now, and with good reason. It helps keep the pork moist and get flavor from the inside out.

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