The Art of Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder: A Coffee-Infused Culinary Journey

The Art of Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder: A Coffee-Infused Culinary Journey

Roasting pork shoulder has been a cherished culinary practice that spans centuries and cultures. From ancient times to modern BBQ enthusiasts, the art of slow-roasting and dry-rubbing meat has been perfected through generations. Dry-rubbing, a time-honored technique where a harmonious blend of spices is massaged into the meat, traces back to various cultures, each adding their unique twist to the mix. This long-standing tradition continues to captivate taste buds and create memorable feasts that bring friends and family together.

Ah, the Great Pork Roasting Adventure! Gathered with friends and family for an epic backyard barbecue, we decided to showcase our grilling skills with a grand pork shoulder. We seasoned it liberally with our favorite dry rub and eagerly set it on the grill, anticipating a mouthwatering feast. Little did we know that this endeavor would turn into a hilarious and unforgettable moment.

As the pork shoulder slowly cooked, we couldn't help but get caught up in all the laughter, drinking and storytelling. Time flew by, and before we knew it, the sun had set, leaving us with only the moonlight to guide us. The tantalizing aroma of the roasting pork had everyone's mouth watering.

But alas, in our excitement, we forgot to check the grill's propane levels. Suddenly, in the midst of our animated conversations, the grill let out a final, defeated sputter, leaving our pork shoulder 2 hour short of being cooked and the evening in darkness.

However, instead of feeling defeated, we decided to improvise. Armed with flashlights and pot holders, we transferred the pork shoulder to the oven and continued the slow-roasting process. It may not have been the ideal scenario, but in the end, the laughter and camaraderie made that pork shoulder taste even better.

The Ingredients:

  • A bone-in pork shoulder (size depending on the number of guests)
  • Make sure you have Blonde Bastard Coffee Roaster's dry-rub handy!

Instructions for Low and Slow Roasting:

  1. Preheat your oven to 225°F (107°C).
  2. Pat the pork shoulder dry with paper towels.
  3. Score the fat side with a sharp knife.
  4. Generously rub Blonde Bastard Coffee Roaster's dry-rub all over the pork shoulder, ensuring every inch is coated.
  5. Wrap in butcher paper or plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator for at least 8 hours or preferably over night. 
  6. When ready to cook, remove from butcher paper or plastic wrap and place in roasting pan, fat side up and slow-roast the pork in the preheated oven for 6-8 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 195°F (90°C).
  7. Add a twig of rosemary to the top for added flavor. The low and slow cooking method will yield tender, succulent meat that falls right off the bone.
  8. Once done, let the pork shoulder rest for 30 minutes before shredding it with two forks.

Complement your slow-roasted pork shoulder with these delightful side dishes:

  • Creamy garlic mashed potatoes
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with a hint of cinnamon
  • Grilled asparagus drizzled with lemon juice
  • A refreshing cucumber and tomato salad with a zesty dressing

End your sumptuous meal with a classic Tiramisu. The delicate blend of coffee and creamy sweetness in this Italian dessert perfectly complements the rich flavors of the slow-roasted pork.

The Perfect Marriage of Flavors: Blonde Bastard Coffee Roaster's dry rub, with its secret blend of spices, creates a symphony of flavors that elevate the pork shoulder to a culinary masterpiece. Each ingredient contributes its unique essence to the mix, resulting in a marriage of flavors that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves a lasting impression. This magical blend enhances the pork's natural taste, making every bite a delightful journey of taste and texture.

As you embark on the art of slow-roasting pork shoulder with Blonde Bastard Coffee Roaster's dry rub, remember that it's not just about the end result, but the journey and memories you create along the way. Through laughter and improvisation, our Great Pork Roasting Adventure taught us that food brings people together, and the spirit of camaraderie enhances the flavors of any meal. So, gather your loved ones, embark on your own culinary adventure, and celebrate the timeless tradition of slow-roasted pork shoulder – a feast that is truly made with love.

Enjoy and happy roasting!


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