Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion Sauce

Adapted recipe by localkitchenblog

Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onion Sauce

Photo by Robert P.

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  • 1

    4-lb pork shoulder, preferably bone-in, fat layer trimmed to no thicker than ¼-inch

  • 4

    garlic cloves, cut into thick slivers

  • sea salt & pepper

  • 1

    tbsp butter or olive oil

  • lbs onions (5 or 6 medium onions), sliced

  • 1

    cup apple cider

  • 2

    tbsp cider vinegar


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Rinse pork and pat dry. With a small, sharp knife, make slits all over the pork; stuff with garlic slivers. Season liberally with salt & pepper. In a Dutch oven sized to fit the pork snugly, heat butter or oil over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Brown meat well on all sides (2 to 3 minutes per side), turning to get sides and ends. Transfer pork to a clean plate. Add onions to the Dutch oven and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and starting to turn brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to sauté until onions are golden and lightly caramelized, about 10-20 minutes more. Stir in cider and vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, add pork, cover and braise in the preheated oven until very tender (meat should fall off the bone), 3 hours or more. Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest while you reduce the sauce. On the stovetop, bring pan juices to a boil and boil hard until the mixture is thickened and reduced, about 5 – 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Break the pork into serving-sized chunks and top with hot onion sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or other grain.


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