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Pork Shoulder Recipe-Not Pulled Pork

grussem Posts: 120
I got a 2 pack of pork shoulders from Costco for the 4th of July. One of them is definitely going to be pulled pork but wanted to do something different with the other one. Does anybody have any good recipes or ideas for pork shoulder that isn't pulled pork? Have a great Independence Day!


  • PigBeanUs
    PigBeanUs Posts: 932
    Porchetta is always good
  • jetman96
    jetman96 Posts: 127
    I'm doing Tacos al Pastor (recipe) with my pork shoulder.
    Cincinnati, OH
    Large BGE
  • Acn
    Acn Posts: 4,426
    It’s great in stews/braises.  We do a pork, corn, and butternut squash stew in the IP and have done a pork ragu for ziti/penne in a slow cooker before.


    Pikesville, MD

  • grussem
    grussem Posts: 120
    Thanks for all the great recommendations!
  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,880
    I know not a recipe , but outside the box, sausage , snack sticks jerky salami ...pork shoulder is versatile 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • jtcBoynton
    jtcBoynton Posts: 2,814
    Pork shoulder is a most versatile cut.  Grind up for any number of sausages or meatloaf.  Cut up for stews and chili.  Roast like for pulled pork but stop before tender enough to pull and then slice.  I like a Bavarian seasoning that reminds me of Sunday dinners from my childhood.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
  • Carolina Q
    Carolina Q Posts: 14,831
    Just saw this today, a 4 year old recipe post from chef john. looks tasty!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Central Connecticut 

  • fishlessman
    fishlessman Posts: 32,912
    i know you said not a pull but this is not a traditional bbq pulled pork sandwich. wdans recipe looks like it has a lot of garlic, it does not, double the garlic. serve extra limes at the table

    Pork, Butt, Lechon Asado, Mojo, WDAN, Cuban

    As I mentioned during the December holidays, I did a low 'n slow pork butt called Lechon Asado for New Years' Eve. Oh yeah, baby! If you are looking for yet another excuse to do L&S pork butt, but want it different than traditional Carolina pull, try this! My guests loved it and I actually liked it too (I'm my own worst critic).While this is a Cuban Christmas Eve roast-a-whole-pig thing, I approximated it by doing a 9.5 lb pork butt on the egg.

    Marinade (do it for 24 hrs)
    12-15 Cloves as many as you're willing to mince) cloves garlic
    1 Tbs kosher salt
    2 tsp cumin (ground)
    2 tsp oregano (dried)
    1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1 Tbs olive oil
    It would be best if you can do this in a food processor and get it to turn out like a thick salad dressing...I was lazy and just hand-blended it all in a bowl...but it seemed to work just fine.
    After 12- 24 hrs of marinating, egg the pig indirectly at a dome temp of 250-ish until meat internal temp is 200 -- just like you're doing a pull. My 9.5 lb butt needed a little over 20 hrs. I used some peach wood in the lump intead of doing my normal hic
    The meat had a decidedly different flavor than the normal fair and was further differentiated by the Mojo sauce:
    1 cup olive oil
    12 cloves garlic (sliced thin)
    1 cup fresh lime juice
    1/3 cup orange juice
    2 tsp kosher salt
    2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp dried oregano
    ground black pepper to taste (~1 tsp)

    1 Simmer all this in a sauce pan for about 20 minutes or so. Serve as a side dip for the pork.
    2 Embellishments:
    3 The meat is different than traditional pull, but not overwhelmingly so. The mojo does it right, but as someone mentioned when I first posted my intention of doing this cook, traditional Carolina vinegar sauce would be absolutely outstanding with this meat (refer to legendary Elder Ward documentation).
    4 If you're looking for a different kind of pull, try this! The Cuban thing was a smash hit at my Anglo house. Black beans and rice were a perfect complement, not to mention the music!

    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • Brisket_Fanatic
    Brisket_Fanatic Posts: 2,884
    @SGH has an awesome recipe for pork shoulder burnt ends that are injected with melted butter..............

    NW IA

    2 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 22.5 WSM, 1 Smokey Joe

  • GaryDZ
    GaryDZ Posts: 23
    Sorry I am too late to respond to your July 4th request. I was thinking the same.  I wanted to try soemthing new.  I am going to post my Butt experient as a stand-alone post--so it is easier for people to find.  It was a success.    Let us know what you ended up doing.

  • Teefus
    Teefus Posts: 1,211
    Late to reply, but we like to mix it up too. Our favorite Pork Shoulder recipe is rather non-traditional. We use a Bavarian spice mix from Penzeys made up of crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and sage. I mix in some Kosher salt as this is a spice free mix. I add some binder (usually a little oil) to the pork and apply a thick coating of spice. Let it set a bit so the meat sweats and the spice is uniformly moistened. Roast as you normally would for  pork butt. I like applewood as a smoke component. Baste occasionally using a spray bottle and Swanson chicken broth.

    The result is very rustic and savory tasting. It is decidedly not Barbeque, but still has that open pit flavor profile. It mixes well with roast or grilled vegetables.
    Michiana, South of the border.
  • BigGreenKev
    BigGreenKev Posts: 254
    I usually do Tootsie's prom steaks from Snow bbq.  You can fine the recipe online.  Pretty basic but turns out well and meat is flavorful.