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How To Make A Cheap Pork Shoulder Taste Like A Million Bucks (PHOTOS)

This cut may be cheap, but it's definitely not short on flavor.
12/13/2013 09:10am ET | Updated January 25, 2014

Winter is an undeniable bummer. It is dark. It is cold. Your friends are not that inclined to come out of their houses and apartments. Luckily, we've figured out a surefire way to lure them over for dinner: a big old pork shoulder recipe.

Whether slow roasted, smoked, braised or slow-cooked, pork shoulder (or pork butt -- yes they are the same, and no it's not really a butt) is one of those cuts of meat that just gets better the longer it cooks. Another major point in pork shoulder's favor is that it's probably one of the cheapest cuts of meat around. One drawback is that pork shoulder smells so good when it cooks, it will make you want to stay inside even more. We are partial to carne adovada, but we found a bunch of other incredible ways to use pork shoulders below. What's your favorite way to use pork shoulder?

1
Matilda, Maple & Garlic Pork Shoulder With Crispy Skin
James Ransom/Food52
2
Cochinita Pibil
Simply Recipes
3
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder With Caramelized Onion And Apple Confit
Sarah Shatz/Food52
4
Charles Phan's Lo Soi Pork Shoulder
James Ransom/Food52
5
Posole Rojo
Simply Recipes
6
Braised Pork Shoulder With Fennel, Oranges & Olives
Sarah Fioritto/Food52
7
Carolina Pulled Pork
Antonis Achilleos
Get the Carolina Pulled Pork recipe
8
Crockpot Beer Carnitas
How Sweet It Is
9
Braised Pork Shoulder With Tomatoes, Cinnamon, And Olives Over Polenta
Andrew Scrivana
10
Stuffed, Braised Pork Shoulder
Simply Recipes
11
Slow Cooked Cuban Pork Shoulder
Flat Art Studios
12
Pork And Poblano Stew
Simply Recipes

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