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Winter Pork Braise


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  • 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp. hot paprika
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • salt
  • pepper


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Step 1

Season the pork with salt and pepper.

In a deep heavy-bottomed pan that has a lid, brown the pork on high heat on all sides.

Turn the heat down to medium, add the garlic, after about a minute, add the wine, paprika, honey, and a little more salt and pepper.

Bring the liquid to a boil, then turn the heat as low as it goes, and cover the pan.

Every half-hour or so, flip the pork shoulder. If the liquid is getting low, add a little more wine or water. Taste the braising liquid and adjust the seasoning if you need to. I’m not sure why and maybe this is a commonly known paprika fact, but I find that the paprika makes the braising liquid taste a lot more spicy than it ends up tasting in the final dish, but if you find it’s too spicy, add a little more honey or some sugar.

Cook until the shoulder is falling apart (at least 3 hours, more if you have time). Using tongs and a fork, shred the shoulder, and let it cook in the braising liquid another 15-20 minutes.

Serve over bread, rice, or corn grits (known to some as polenta) with the braising liquid

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