Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder

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Makes:
10 servings
Prep:
40 mins
Roast:
3 hrs 30 mins to 5 hrs 30 mins
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Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder

Ingredients
4
smoked salt
2
teaspoons smoked paprika
1
teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed, or ground cumin
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2
1
5 pound pork shoulder roast (bone-in)
3
tablespoons canola oil
7
garlic, smashed
2
cups orange juice
4
cups chicken reduced-sodium chicken stock or broth
3
ounces 62% to 65% cacao dark chocolate bar (optional)
 
Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, snipped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a small bowl combine the smoked salt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and pepper. Lightly sprinkle pork with the spice mixture, then sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
  2. In a large Dutch oven heat the oil over medium heat. Brown pork on all sides; transfer to a platter. Add onions and garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Add orange juice, the 3/4 cup cocoa powder, and 4 cups chicken stock. Return pork to pan, completely submerged. If not completely submerged, add more stock.
  3. Cover and place in oven. Braise for 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours, until the pork is fork tender.
  4. Remove the pork from Dutch oven to a serving platter. Shave dark chocolate on pork. For sauce, strain the braising liquid then return liquid to pan. Boil, uncovered, over high heat for 10 minutes to concentrate flavors. Sprinkle pork with parsley. Pass sauce with pork.

From the Test Kitchen

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Leftover braising liquid can be frozen and used in soups or gravies.

Nutrition Facts

(Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder)
    Per serving:
  • 167 kcal cal.,
  • 38 g fat
  • (13 g sat. fat,
  • 5 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 18 g monounsatured fat),
  • 123 mg chol.,
  • 893 mg sodium,
  • 20 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 10 g sugar,
  • 34 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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