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Slow-Roasted Shredded Pork

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Slow-Roasted Shredded Pork
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 7 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4
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Slow-Roasted Shredded Pork

Perfect pulled pork that takes a little more effort than your favorite slow cooker version, but tastes 10 times better.

Ingredients

5
pound pork shoulder (Boston Butt), bone in
2
cups orange juice
10
sprigs cilantro
2
shallots
4
cloves garlic
1
tablespoon chipotle powder
2
teaspoons black pepper
2
teaspoons cumin
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch clove
1/2
teaspoon salt

Directions

  • 1 Blend all ingredients in food processor. Pour over pork, marinade overnight.
  • 2 Dump pork and marinade into oven safe pot uncovered. If needed, add a little water so the liquid goes about 1/4 up the side of the pork. Bake at 275°F for about 7 hours until browned on the outside and falling apart. Shred with forks or hands.
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Slow-Roasted Shredded Pork

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

Every time I mention pulled pork to someone, they reply with a variation of the same sentence: “I have a great slow cooker recipe where I just add pork and X (root beer, BBQ sauce, etc.) and it comes out amazing!”


I have nothing against these recipes. They work. They create very serviceable shredded pork that fits hectic schedules and tastes pretty decent on a bun with cole slaw.

The main two issues I have with these recipes are 1) the pork becomes a little overcooked and very uniformly textured, and 2) the sauce is extremely sweet, resulting in a lot of sugar intake!

With only slightly more effort, you can make shredded pork that has varied textures, charred edges, smoky-sweet-slightly exotic flavors, and actually tastes like pork and not sugar!

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This is my take on a Mexican “mojo” marinade.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

A quick zip in the food processor and this sauce is done in less than 5 minutes.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

The beautiful pork shoulder! I prefer the “Boston Butt” cut over the “Picnic”. Mine is just over 5 pounds.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

Marinate overnight.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

Marinade and pork go right into the baking pot. Put it in the oven at 275 for about 7 hours. If it starts to get too browned, turn it down.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

When it is done it will be falling apart. The burnt edges are what cause the amazing textures and caramelized flavors. Can’t get that in a slow cooker!

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

Now you have some delicious shredded pork that you can use for anything! The first night I made shredded pork arepas.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

A roasted poblano went perfect with this sandwich.

Super Slow Roasted Shredded Pork Recipe

Making the arepas. The recipe is on the package, don’t worry!

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Stuffed with pickled carrots, roasted poblano, and queso cheese. Here's the Shredded Pork Arepa recipe.

What else can you do with all this pork? I’m glad you asked! The second night I had this pork in my fridge, I made these little habanero poppers. You could add a little BBQ sauce and serve it as a slider with homemade pickles, toss it on a pizza or nachos, in tacos), in a quesadilla or empanada. Or you could get really creative and put it into a ravioli or stuffed shells. I even had pulled pork stuffed into an olive at a recent tapas dinner I attended!



Dan Whalen has been comforted all week with the knowledge that shredded pork was waiting in his fridge. He has been writing recipes for over 3 years on his website The Food In My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!

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