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Salsa Verde Braised Pork

This salsa verde braised pork is a Southwestern-inspired way to prepare Boston butt.  Braising the pork—simmering it for a long time in liquid under cover, with browning for flavor—makes it fork-tender.

Sunset FEBRUARY 2008

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Total: 4 Hours


  • 3 1/2 pounds bone-in pork shoulder (aka pork butt)
  • 1 bottle (15 oz.) salsa verde
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus some leaves
  • Salt


1. Trim excess pork fat. Put meat in a large casserole or Dutch oven with salsa, onion, broth, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and oregano. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until meat is very tender when pierced, about 3 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 375°. With 2 wide spatulas, transfer meat to a rimmed baking pan. Bake until richly browned, 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, skim and discard fat from pan juices. Boil juices, stirring, until reduced to 2 3/4 cups, 8 to 10 minutes.

4. With 2 forks, tear meat into large shreds. Add to pan and stir in chopped cilantro. Season with salt. Spoon into a serving bowl and sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Serve with tortillas and more salsa verde.

Note: Nutrition analysis is per serving.

Slow-cooker Salsa Verde Pork: Put trimmed pork in a slow cooker (5 to 6 qt.) and turn heat to high. In a pan, bring salsa, onion, broth, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and oregano to a boil. Pour over pork, cover, and cook until meat is very tender when pierced and registers at least 165° on an instant-read thermometer, at least 7 or up to 9 hours. Continue recipe with step 2, using a large pot for step 3.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 571
  • Calories from fat: 63%
  • Protein: 36g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrate: 16g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 1101mg
  • Cholesterol: 147mg

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