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What’s For Dinner? & Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder

March 8, 2012

As the weather warms our schedules begin to expand. More kids activities, with sports moving from the gym to the playing field, more field trips, end of school events. The days are getting longer, so we attempt to cram as much work as possible into every moment of sunlight; work at home, in the yard, at the office. The issue becomes – what’s for dinner?

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(I love seeing old photos of the boys. They make me smile.)

Because I had a child with a food allergy, I didn’t have the luxury of stopping at the nearest fast-food drive thru to grab a bag of…whatever they put in those bags. I had to plan ahead what we would have for dinner, every evening, every day of the week, even when we were on vacation. Because of that, I like to think my sons & DH ate more nutritious meals & snacks than the rest of the general populace, we saved money because that pre-cooked stuff is expensive & there was always something to add to the next days packed lunches, that is, if there were leftovers.

Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder

Slow-cooking doesn’t have to mean using a crock pot. This slow-cooked pork is baked in the oven & falls off the bone it’s so tender.


  • 4-pound bone-in Pork Shoulder
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon T’s House Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Smoke


  1. Preheat the oven to 275°.
  2. In a small bowl combine paprika, red pepper, cayenne, House seasoning & black pepper.
  3. Rub the mixture all over the pork shoulder; set aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle liquid smoke over shoulder.
  5. Set the pork onto roasting pan; Place in the oven.
  6. Cook until meat is fork tender, about 6 hours.

Note: I often use pork shoulder roasts rather than whole shoulders, but instead of placing them on an open roasting pan, I use a covered Dutch oven. It keeps the meat moist. Cooking time is the same.


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