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Slow-Roasted New England Pork Shoulder with Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde

by in Mar 2009
Slow-Roasted New England Pork Shoulder with Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde
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Total Time: 30

Yield: 8-10 servings

Adapted from Chef Matt Jennings, Farmstead, Providence, RI.;

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  • 1 5 to 6-pound boneless Boston butt pork shoulder (untied and trimmed of excess fat)
  • Pork Rub
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 Spanish onions, peeled and quartered
  • 5 or 6 ribs freshly picked rhubarb, roughly chopped
  • 10 sprigs parsley
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 10 sprigs rosemary
  • Green Garlic and Rhubarb
  • Salsa Verde


Heat oven to 275°. In a large bowl, using your hands, rub pork butt with Pork Rub sauce--all over and into every crevice, concentrating on the open (boned) section. Season meat with salt and pepper.

Pour wine into a large heavy roasting pan. (The pork must not be taller than the pan.) Scatter onions, rhubarb, and herbs in the pan. Place pork fat side up, directly on top of vegetables. Seal pan securely with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Roast in middle of oven 4 to 6 hours.

Remove from oven and let cool about 30 minutes. Gently remove foil, then plastic wrap. (Be careful of escaping steam.) Remove pork from pan and let rest on a cutting board. Discard vegetables and tent pork with foil. Pork should pull from the bone and fall apart easily. With tongs, pull shreds apart into chunks to serve. Top with Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde.

Pork Rub


  • 1 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 cup garlic cloves (about 8)
  • 2 cups whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1-1/2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde


  • 2 bunches green garlic or scallions (white parts only), finely chopped
  • 4 ribs freshly picked rhubarb, greens removed, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons roughly chopped capers (with about 1/4 teaspoon liquid)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cornichons (with about 1 teaspoon juice)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


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