May 22, 2012

Pork Shoulder Roast with Citrus Mojo and Green Sauce


As you all probably know by now my family loves pork. Not just a little bit, but literally my husband could be a vegetarian as long as he could still eat pork. My two boys are pretty much the same way, if I tell them that pork is for dinner they run to the table. Pork shoulder is a popular dish in my house and I make it approximately once a month. Most of the winter I make it in the crock-pot and in the summer I smoke it all day on the charcoal grill (my husband won't allow a gas grill in our house). One method that I make less frequently, but tastes delicious is oven roasted. The May issue of Food and Wine magazine had a recipe for Pork Shoulder Roast with Citrus Mojo and Green Sauce, which looked like a great recipe for oven roasted pork.

This recipe has 13 ingredients for the pork and 9 ingredients in the creamy cilantro-lime sauce. It takes 8 hours of cooking plus 8 hours of marinating, 45 minutes of which is active and makes 8 to 10 servings. The only pork shoulder that I was able to find at any of the stores in my area was 8 pounds, so I increased my cooking time accordingly. Instead of fresh lemon juice, I used bottled lemon juice. I would normally use fresh, but my two kids ruined my lemons, I love my three-year-old! Additionally, I used bottled orange juice, the price and time to squeeze fresh oranges was more than I wanted to spend. I marinated my pork shoulder for 10 hours total. Finally instead of a white onion for the sauce I used the sweet onions that I already had. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

The sauces when combined together with the pork was delicious. It was a little rich for everyday, especially with the mayonnaise sauce, but would be great for party. When I first started eating this dish I ate the sauces separately and wasn't impressed. However, once I ate them together the taste was great. They definitely should be served together. My two boys were not sure about the green sauce, but once they tried it they were fans. This makes a large amount of leftovers, I would say enough for at least three more meals. Overall, a nice change of pace from the normal pork roast recipes that I prepare.

For the recipe go to Pork Shoulder Roast with Citrus Mojo and Green Sauce.

18 comments:

  1. This green sauce is screaming for me to try it :)

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    1. I used the leftover sauce on a sandwich with the pulled pork and it was delicious!

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  2. That looks delicious. We love sauces :)

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    1. Thanks :) We love sauces also, my husband has a thing for bbq sauce and literally has so many recipes I can't count :)

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  3. Always looking for great pork recipes

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    1. We eat a lot of pork, it's my husband and two boys favorite meat :)

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  4. Hi, I'm new here and I'm so excited to start trying some of your recipes! Thanks =o)

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    1. I hope you find some new recipes to try! Come back again soon!

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  5. Nothing beats a quick and easy recipe that is also delicious. It looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks :) This recipe is very easy, the time makes it seems more complicated than it is since almost all of the time is oven cooking where it can be put in and the oven does the rest!

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  6. Hiow nice of you to put in a comment on my apple post

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    1. Having grown up in WA I love anything to do with apples :)

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  7. This looks delicious, Ann. Happy SITS Day!

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    1. Thanks :) It really did turn out well, I love pulled pork!

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  8. First time reading your blog.. I found you because I'm making this recipe right now! I only scored a 4 lb roast, but am finding my internal temp at 180, but the pork isn't falling off the bone yet, so I guess I'm gonna keep it in there? Glad to hear the pointers about the sauces, too. I was giving the leftover mojo weird looks because I just didn't see it tasting good with the final product. Making guacamole and frying corn tortillas to go with it. Won't be losing any wait tonight! haha..
    Thanks again!

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    1. I agree that the roast just probably needed longer to cook. Magazine recipes can be off a great deal from a home kitchen. My oven tends to run really hot so I oftentimes have to either adjust the temp or take out the meat/dish early. I thought the same thing about the mojo when I was making it also :) It seemed weird and out of place, it really is good though eaten with the green sauce. Yum to the guacamole and corn tortillas, sounds perfect to me!

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  9. errr.. weight. maybe brain cells, but not weight. :)

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    1. I understood what you meant :) I let myself splurge occasionally with pork and other higher fat dishes. If I didn't I would miss out on so many yummy dishes!!

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