Chipotle adds a super special touch to pulled pork and your guests will ask for your secret. Put it into tortillas, add a squeeze of lime, and you have delicious street food. It’s super inexpensive to feed a big crowd, and you can make it ahead of time. Nothing easier for a Super Bowl party or tailgating.
Are you looking for an easy to prepare meal for your family? A slow roasted pork roast is super easy to make, nothing complicated, and it tastes incredible. I like to use a pork shoulder roast, but a pork butt roast would also work just fine.
Pork Shoulder Roast
If you’re a fan of pork recipes like chili verde, meaty ragùs, and pulled pork, then you’ve most likely already discovered pork shoulder roast. Pork shoulder, as the name implies, comes from the region of a pig’s shoulder. It’s a somewhat tough but inexpensive cut of meat that’s layered with fat. Cooking a pork shoulder low and slow for a few hours transforms the meat into tender, juicy shreds that fall apart with the touch of your fork.
Pork Butt Roast
You may be confused by the name pork butt because this cut of meat doesn’t actually come from the pig’s butt. (The actual butt of the pig is the source of ham.) Both pork shoulder and pork butt come from the shoulder with pork butt being higher on the foreleg and pork shoulder located further down. The two cuts can be used interchangeably, but generally speaking, pork shoulder is better for cooking and slicing because it contains slightly less fat than pork butt. Click here for some piggy illustrations of the different cuts of pork.
Dry Roasting – is oh so easy, no need to add special liquids!
Dry roasting can also be called low and slow roasting because of the way the meat is cooked – the oven temperature is set really low, and the pork roast is cooked slowly over several hours. This method of cooking transforms tougher cuts of meat from overworked muscle groups. It turns tough connective tissue (collagen) into gelatin giving the meat its characteristic, gooey, delicious texture. The cooked meat falls right off the bone. There is enough fat in the meat that it is not necessary to add any liquid to prevent the meat from drying out.
Click here for another CopyKat.com pulled pork recipe.
Want to Try Your Hand at Some Pork Roasts? Here are some copycat pork roast recipes for you.
- Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin
- Succulent Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
- Honey Peach Pecan Pork Roast
- Baked Boneless Pork Loin
- Pork Tenderloin Diane
Slow-Roasted Chipotle Pork
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
- 3 1/2 pounds pork shoulder roast
- 24 corn tortillas
- 2 limes
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
- In a small bowl mix together the kosher salt and chipotle powder and rub it into the pork, being sure to cover the entire surface of the meat with the mixture. Put the pork in a clay roaster or other deep roasting pan with a lid, place the covered roaster in the oven, and turn the heat to 275 degrees.
- (if you are using a clay roaster, do not preheat the oven.) cook until the pork falls apart when you press it with the back of a fork, 3 ½ to 4 hours. Remove the pork from the oven and let rest, covered, for 15 minutes. Heat the tortillas on a medium-hot griddle, turning them frequently, until they are warmed through and soft. Wrap them in a tea towel and place them in a basket.
- Transfer the pork to a large serving platter and use two forks to pull it into chunks. Add the lime wedges to the platter, place the cilantro in a small serving bowl, and serve immediately with the tortillas on the side.