Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Flavor

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes. It's three things, the meat, the spice, the cooking. Mix and match your favorites and you end up with something decent for dinner. That's why I love mixing my own spice rubs and apply to different meat. Ver~sa~ti~li~ty!! My favorite word.

Today I give you, the pork shoulder, holding 228 calories and 16 gr of fat per 3 oz.
"Boston butt is a cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg and may contain the blade bone. Boston butt is the most common cut used for "pulled pork," a staple of barbecue in the southern area of the United States."

To top it off, pork shoulder is usually CHEAP, around $0.99/lb and you just can't beat paying 8$ for something that will last you three days. Can't beat that! A good slow long cooking will get you everywhere with this. If you aren't too squeamish about leaving the oven on overnight, it's your best bet but the crock-pot isn't a terrible option either. 

Two options: Oven at 225F for 8 hours or crock-pot on slow for 10 hours, depending how big the shoulder is, be the judge. I know it seems like a long time but while the meat IS cooked, the long and slow cooking breaks down the collagen in the meat and turns it into pulled pork. I prefer the oven method because what it does to the skin, perfect crispy and delicious.

First, select a rub of your choice. Today I mixed 3 x smoked paprika, 2 x chili powder, 1 x salt, pepper, garlic, onion.

Second, score the skin with a sharp knife. Rub the spices all over the shoulder, massage it into the skin and the meat. 

Third, set it and forget it. Uncovered in the oven or straight in the crock-pot. 
Couldn't keep Hubby away! Tasty skin

When it's ready, the choice is yours. Throw that tasty meat in a sauce of your choosing. You can mix up some of your rub with chicken broth, boil down to a thicker juice and go to town. Or straight up dry, the meat is greasy and full of flavors. As for the skin, peel off those little nuggets and eat them straight up. I couldn't keep my hubby from going after them, Mr.I-don't-eat-skin couldn't get enough of them and agreed that it was indeed, delicious.


Have a great day!

Hungry Julie

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