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Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder

Makes: 10 servings
Prep 40 mins Roast 3 hrs 30 mins to 5 hrs 30 mins
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  tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 5 - 6  pound  pork shoulder roast (bone-in)
  • 3  tablespoons  canola oil
  • 2  onions, chopped
  • 7  garlic, smashed
  • 2  cups  orange juice
  • 3/4  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 - 6  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*
  • Leftover braising liquid can be frozen and used in soups or gravies.
Nutrition Facts (Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder)
  • Servings Per Recipe 10,
  • cal. (kcal) 167,
  • Fat, total (g) 38,
  • chol. (mg) 123,
  • sat. fat (g) 13,
  • carb. (g) 20,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 18,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 5,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • sugar (g) 10,
  • pro. (g) 34,
  • vit. A (IU) 389,
  • vit. C (mg) 28,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 8,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 32,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 893,
  • Potassium (mg) 927,
  • calcium (mg) 61,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Mark as Free Exchange () 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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