Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

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Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

Post  justmecookin on Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:32 pm

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

1 bone-in, skin-on fresh pork picnic shoulder (6 to 7 lb.)
1 head garlic (2 1/2 oz.)
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
1 onion (10 oz.), peeled and sliced
1 carrot (4 oz.), rinsed and sliced
1/2 cup oloroso or cream sherry
4 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon dried hot chile flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar

Rinse pork and pat dry. Score skin in a crisscross diamond pattern, making 1/8-inch-deep cuts about 1 inch apart. Separate and peel garlic cloves. In a mortar and pestle, crush garlic, salt, oregano, thyme, and pepper into a coarse paste (or mince garlic, then mix with salt, herbs, and pepper). Rub garlic paste all over roast. Set roast, skin side up, on a rack in an oiled 9- by 13-inch roasting pan.

Roast in a 450 oven until deep golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and scatter onion and carrot slices around pork. Pour 1/4 cup sherry and 2 cups broth into pan. Add chile flakes. Baste pork with some of the pan juices.

Reduce oven temperature to 225 and bake until a thermometer inserted through the center of thickest part at bone reads 170 to 175, 8 to 9 hours (do not insert thermometer before the last hour of roasting). If pork is done before you're ready to serve, reduce oven temperature to 160 and hold in oven up to 4 hours.

About 30 minutes before serving, transfer pork to a carving board. (For extra-crisp pork skin cracklings, see notes.) Cover pork loosely and set in a warm place. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup sherry and 2 cups broth into the roasting pan (drippings will be dark) and set on a burner over high heat.

Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by about half, 7 to 10 minutes. Pour through a wire strainer set over a bowl, pressing on vegetables (discard vegetables); you should have 1 to 1 1/3 cups drippings. Skim off and discard fat. Stir in vinegar.

Lift skin off pork and cut it into bite-size chunks or strips; pile on a platter. Slice meat across the grain and arrange on platter. Drizzle about a fourth of the pan juices over meat; serve remaining to add to taste. Makes 8 to 10 servings

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