Photo: Ray Kachatorian; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Yield
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Pork shoulder, a lower priced cut, becomes tender with a long cooking time. Sliced apples or a simple pan sauce best complements this dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring first 9 ingredients to a boil in an 8-quart stock pot with 1 gallon plus 1 quart water. Remove from heat, and cool brine completely. Submerge pork in 10 cups of brine plus solids; cover and chill 12 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°. Rinse pork, and place on wire rack in a roasting pan. Cover with foil, and bake 2 hours; uncover and bake an additional 3 hours or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 190°. Tent with aluminum foil, and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature before slicing and serving.

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