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Cooking pork shoulder in the oven

jldjld Posts: 58
edited 10:31AM in EggHead Forum
I've got a pork shoulder to cook, but sadly don't have my BGE. (it's in storage while I'm apartment living, your condolences are appreciated)

I want to cook it in the oven, and was thinking I could put in my enameled cast iron dutch/french oven and cook it pretty much like I would on the BGE. Do you think that would work? Seems like with the lid on, I'll get a good slow roasting affect and won't suffer much moisture loss. Could go 10-12 hours at 225*.

Is this worth a shot, or is there a better way to go?



  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 7,905
    It will work and would bet it will cook faster.
    What you will not get is the smoke flavor or the great char/bark that you would get on your Egg with the lid on your dutch oven.
    Thank you,

    Galveston Texas
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,860
    Before I had my egg I would make pulled pork in a crock pot. I think we used some type of rub, then put a little vinegar and water in the crock pot while cooking. It was really good. It doesn't really taste as much like BBQ, but it will turn out melt-in-your-mouth tender. You can of course use liquid smoke, but I personally am just not a big fan of that stuff.

    The dutch oven would probably work just as well, but the crock pot is another good option.

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • I would do a cuban style, rub it with a ton of fresh coarse crushed garlic, pepper, maybe even put garlic cloves in slots cut into meat, maybe a few other spices, and slow roast in the oven and baste as it cooks. Might put it on a rack to get it out of liquid, and add a bottle of SHiner to the pan for moisture and basting. May not be BGE, but it will be dang good!!!
  • Too bad about your egg. I hope you get to use it again real soon.

    Here is a recipe for roasted pork shoulder:
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • PjoePjoe Posts: 224
    I have done that several times with a 6-8 lb butt. I poked little holes in it and shoved some garlic slivers in, sprinkled on spices, put it in the oven at 225 about 10pm - uncovered. It will wake you up the next morning smelling good and so tender it will fall off the bone.
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,004
    I have a friend who asked for my rub recipe as he wanted to cook a butt in the oven. I have never tried this and I have never had any of his, but he says it's great!! That said, he is from Connecticut and has probably never had any REAL pork barbecue.

    Give it a shot. It's pork - how bad can it BE?!

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


    Central Connecticut 

  • I have done this multiple times in the past. Season your Butt 8lb. or so. Wrap in foil. Set in pan and roast at 225 for 5 hrs. It will come out perfect.
    Good Luck,
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