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    Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder

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    6 hrs

    30 mins

    5 hrs 30 mins

    spaghetti_soprano's Note:

    Got this from Better Homes and Gardens. This is really, really good! Let it go the full 5 1/2 hours and it will just melt. I left out the shaved chocolate and parsley garnishes, as well as the cumin and garlic because I was out. Don't be scared of the cocoa, it doesn't taste like chocolate covered pork, I promise! Ideas for the leftovers: I added cumin, rotel, and chicken broth to the leftover sauce to make enchiladas with mole sauce with some of the leftovers; I also added BBQ sauce to more leftovers to make traditional pulled pork sandwiches.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 300°F In a small bowl combine the kosher salt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and pepper. Lightly sprinkle pork with the spice mixture, then sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.
    2. 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. 3
      Cover and place in oven. Braise for 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours, until the pork is fork tender.
    4. 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.

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    • on November 03, 2011


      I like this recipe, the meat was very moist. I cooked it the full 5 1/2 hours and let it rest in the broth for another 1/2 hour before moving it to a platter. We're looking forward to having the leftovers. Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder

    Serving Size: 1 (420 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 661.3
    Calories from Fat 426
    Total Fat 47.4 g
    Saturated Fat 15.4 g
    Cholesterol 163.9 mg
    Sodium 986.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 6.8 g
    Protein 43.7 g

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