July 21, 2012 9:20 PM Subscribe
12 pounds of pork shoulder!... uh, now what?
posted by lonefrontranger to food & drink (31 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
so, my darling husband went to Costco and now I have this huge 12-lb pork shoulder that's been in my freezer for a couple of weeks, and I need to figure out some method of dealing with it.
I'm kind of thinking roast it low and slow here, but... how? Ideally I'd like to just make the entire thing into some kind of pulled pork type deal that I can portion off and re-freeze for later use. The problem being, I've never done this before. Well I kind of did last week with a little pork loin that we tried on the gas grill, but after following the directions on the included package recipe to the letter, it turned out wayyyy overdone and roughly the consistency of shoe leather. Tasty shoe leather, but yea I'm not about to try that again.
I found a couple recipes online but all of them involved grilling or smoking or crockpots or copious amounts of sugar or sugary bbq sauce (we've gone Paleo, so we don't even have sugar in the house anymore). I also don't have a crockpot or a smoker, and it's a thousand degrees outside so our gas grill has been earmarked for items that take less than 20 minutes to prepare. So I guess options are somewhat limited.
I'm hoping there's some way I can marinate this thing in some kind of savoury spices, etc, so that I can just toss it in the oven for several hours while we go ride bikes, come home and have it be all tender and amazing. Does this ever happen in real life?