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Apple Braised Pork Shoulder

by in Mar 2005
Apple Braised Pork Shoulder
5 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (86% score)
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Total Time: 60

Yield: 10 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 5-pound pork shoulder or pork butt
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 shallots, minced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped medium
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups hard apple cider
  • 3-1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only, chopped fine
  • 2 medium Granny Smith or other green apples, peeled and chopped medium
  • 1/2 cup Calvados or applejack
  • Garnish: 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced


Preheat oven to 325°. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper, then sear it on all sides until thoroughly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

Reduce flame to a moderately high heat. Add the remaining olive oil, then add mushrooms, shallots, onions, jalapeño pepper, and garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add apple cider and stock or broth, then allow it to boil until reduced by about one-third, about 20 minutes.

Return pork to pan. The liquid should cover one-half to two-thirds of the roast. Adjust the liquid if necessary. Add rosemary and chopped apples, cover pan, and bake in oven 2 to 3 hours, or until the meat is extremely tender and separates easily with a fork.

Remove pork from pan; keep warm. Skim excess fat from the sauce. Add Calvados or applejack to sauce, then bring to a boil 1 minute. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

To serve, carve meat into 1/2-inch slices and top with sauce. Garnish with parsley and serve with roasted potatoes or wild rice pilaf.
Updated Monday, March 7th, 2005

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4 Responses to Apple Braised Pork Shoulder

  1. Peggy Gilbert October 1, 2005 at 10:30 am #

    Absolutely the most succulent pork I’ve ever made

  2. nancy thomas January 30, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    This is the most succulent pork I have ever made. However, instead of using olive oil for the braise I use canola or grapeseed oil so I can braise the meat at a higher temperature. You can also serve the pork at room temperature with the re-heated sauce so it can work as a late supper…thin slices with roasted vegetables.

  3. Bob F August 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I don’t get it. Where is the apple?

    • Aimee Seavey August 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Bob. It looks like the special character in the word “jalapeño” was causing the Apple Braised Pork Shoulder recipe to display incorrectly, but it’s now been fixed. Thanks for calling it to our attention!

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