Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 4 to 8 hours (depending on whether you set the slow cooker to high or low heat)
- 3- to 4-pound boneless pork shoulder (or 4 1/2-pound bone-in pork shoulder)
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
1. Rinse the pork, place on a cutting board, pat dry with paper towels, and rub in the salt and pepper. Set the pork into the bowl of a slow cooker, scatter the onion over the pork, sprinkle in the garlic, and add the wine. Cook until the meat easily pulls apart with a fork, about 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
2. Turn off the slow cooker and transfer the pork to a platter. Use a fork to shred the meat and use in one of the ways that follow.
5 Dinner Ideas
Carnitas-style pork tacos: Fry chopped jalapenos in some oil, add the pork, season with salt, and brown until it’s crispy around the edges (you can brown both sides if you like). Pile into warmed corn tortillas and finish with a squeeze of lime.
Barbecued pork sandwich: Mix together three parts barbecue sauce with one part white vinegar and toss with the pork. Pile on a toasted bun and top with crunchy coleslaw.
Pasta and shredded pork: Toss the pork with steaming hot pasta, a little pasta water, some halved grape tomatoes, and a spoonful of prepared pesto. Finish with grated parmesan cheese.
Pork shepherd’s pie: Place leftover pork in a baking dish and top with cooked peas and then a layer of garlic-mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until warmed through.
Pork turnovers: Cut 6-inch circles out of puff pastry, add a spoonful of pork, salsa, and some grated cheese, fold, crimp, and bake according to the puff pastry package instructions until golden.
Find five additional ways to use the pork shoulder along with many more family-friendly recipes and money-saving tips in Melissa’s “Ten Dollar Dinners” cookbook.
Reprinted from the book Ten Dollar Dinners. Copyright © 2012 by Melissa d’Arabian. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.