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Recipe

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Carrots, Onions, and Garlic

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 with leftovers (or 8 without).

This succulent roast with meltingly tender vegetables couldn’t be simpler to make: just pop it in the oven in the morning, and let it cook slowly all day long. the result: meat with an amazing fall-off-the-bone texture. Use the leftovers in pork and potato hash, pulled pork sandwiches, and pork ragout over soft polenta.

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 6-3/4- to 7-lb. boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into sticks 1/2 inch wide and 2 to 2-1/2 inches long
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup dry white wine

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 630
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 29
  • Saturated Fat (g): 11
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13
  • Cholesterol (mg): 235
  • Sodium (mg): 1090
  • Carbohydrates (g): 6
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 75

Preparation

  • Combine 2 Tbs. salt and 2 tsp. pepper in a small bowl and rub the mixture all over the pork. Put the pork, fat side up, in a large roasting pan (about 12x16x3 inches). Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 3 days.Remove the pork from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 1 to 1-1/2 hours before cooking.

    Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 300°F. Uncover the pork and roast until tender everywhere but the very center when pierced with a fork, 4 to 4-1/2 hours. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, wine, and 1 cup water to the roasting pan and continue to roast, stirring the vegetables occasionally, until the pork is completely tender, about 1 hour more.

    Remove the roast from the oven and raise the oven temperature to 375°F. Using tongs, separate the pork into 8 to 10 large, rustic chunks and spread out on the pan. If most of the liquid has evaporated, add a splash more water to the pan to create a little more juice. (It shouldn’t be soupy.) Return the pork to the oven and continue to roast until nicely browned on the newly exposed surfaces, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the meat and vegetables to a serving platter, and tent loosely with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes. Skim the excess fat from the juices and serve the juices with the vegetables and meat.

Serve the pork and vegetables with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Garlicky White Beans.

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  • CatherineB | 10/31/2021

    This is a delicious dish. I always think of making it at the last moment, so I have never had the rub on for more than a few hours and it doesn’t seem to matter. It tastes wonderful every time.

  • Cheryl_R_925 | 03/29/2020

    I love how the pork turns out using this recipe. It’s salty, peppery and crispy in some places while melt-in-your-mouth tender in others. I’ve made it several times. The temperature and timings worked perfectly in my electric oven, but required significant adjustment when I moved to a place with a gas oven. I bumped up the heat to 325 and it still took at least an hour longer to reach the fork-tender stage. The pure pork flavor though can’t be beat! I will be making it again.

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