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Braised Pork Shoulder with Chiles & Cinnamon

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Sep 28, 2011 at 9:54am

braised pork with chiles & cinnamon

In my excitement to braise something, anything over the past freezing weekend, I got a little carried away and bought an 8-pound boneless pork shoulder…

…for four people, one of whom (Nathan) is hardly ever home and one of whom (my mom) has barely an appetite.

But guess what? It’s almost gone! I cut the roast in two, braised half, and grilled the other half long and slow. I served the braised half to our friend Marty, as well as Stacey and Cooper, for family dinner on Sunday night. I sliced the other half and gave some to Stacey, and made sandwiches for Mom and Nathan, and then nachos for Nathan, and about 50 snacks for myself…

And just like that, we’ll finish off the last bit in some sort of hash tonight.

braised pork shoulder with chiles & cinnamon

What am I trying to say? That I’m excessive in oh so many ways? No, although of course that’s true. My point is that the versatility of braised meat is just endless! Braise on Sunday, with very little effort, and have several easy meals all week. It’s cheap, delicious, and damn good fun.

The pic up top is the braised version, on polenta, with tomato jam, and finished with bits of crispy guanciale (cured pork jowl) gifted to me by my friend Joy Summers. She visited Mom and me last week and brought me the guanciale plus a pound of Hope Creamery butter. There is love.

Anyhow, the pork-polenta dish, inspired by my friend Molly Herrmann’s stunning dish at the Tour de Farm Chicknic in July, blew minds all over this house.

braised pork shoulder with chiles & cinnamon

Round II goes to the tacos. Crisp pork in a skillet, in its own fat (not exactly carnitas, but same effect, as in kill-me good), wrap in warm corn tortillas with your favorite taco garnishes. Yah.

Recipe for Braised Pork Shoulder with Chiles & Cinnamon at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine.

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  1. By FreshTartSteph on September 30, 2011 at 7:16PM

    Thanks Dave!

  2. By Dave Beaulieu on September 30, 2011 at 10:05AM

    These looks awesome...going to try them both. But only after I'm sick of the classic pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw....

  3. By FreshTartSteph on September 29, 2011 at 7:42AM

    Hi Gena! Ha, I love it, Minnesotans unite :) Thank you for the nice comment, def let me know what you think! Awesome.

  4. By Gena B. on September 28, 2011 at 11:36PM

    First of all, I loved your blog the minute I saw you were from Minnesota. I am a Minnesotain myself (however have relocated)! I'm so excited to try this recipe. I will definitely be making it and putting on my blog of course linking back to you if that's ok. I can't wait to read more of your recipes!