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1 Pork Shoulder 3 Easy Steps 7 Tasty Meal Ideas Let's Go

Want to know what you can make from 1 pork shoulder? I got you covered with the easiest cooking technique that delivers a tender juicy meat that will last all week to make 7 tasty meals at home that you will love.

pork shoulder in a Dutch oven

When it comes to budget cooking picking the right protein matters because you want to choose a meat that is easy to stretch, but also retains a good moisture content so that it reheats nicely without becoming too dry.

Pork shoulder is that meat that you can reheat easily and transform into a variety of delicious meals for your family to enjoy.

Okay let's jump in!

pork shoulder in Dutch oven easy to cook

What Is The Easiest Way To Cook a Pork Shoulder in The Dutch Oven?

Pork shoulder is a very forgiving cut of meat because of the high fat content making it a great protein to work with if your new to cooking.

The easiest way to cook a pork shoulder is to place it in a Dutch oven cooking at 375 degrees F. for about 3 hours or until meat temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

Now I always cook pork shoulder the same way no matter what I'm making with it because one pork shoulder usually lasts my family of four at least a week and I need a meat that I can transform into a variety of easy flavorful meals.

Step # 1 Season Evenly and Generously

Evenly season your pork shoulder with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika then place it fat side up in your Dutch oven.

Placing it fat side up allows for all the juices to run down keeping your meat tender and juicy.

seasoning a pork shoulder with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika

Step # 2 Add Liquid To Your Dutch Oven

To keep your pork shoulder from drying out add a water and orange juice mixture until meat is halfway submerged.

To do this just add a 2:1 ration of water to orange juice again it doesn't have to be precise you could even skip the orange juice all together, but it does give a nice acidity to the meat making it even more delicious.

adding orange juice to pork shoulder recipe

Step # 3 Cook For 3 Hours

Place the lid on and pop into the oven on the center rack allowing it to cook for about 3 hours at 375 degrees F. or until the internal temperature is at 145 degrees F.

Then allow for it to cool and you can begin to easily shred the meat to begin making a variety of tasty meals from just one cut of meat.

easy recipe ideas for pork should cooked in Dutch oven

What Can I Make With One Pork Shoulder?

Oh the possibilities are limitless with what you can make with one pork shoulder.

It is such a versatile ingredient that works great in a variety of dishes from Spanish influences to comforting Southern foods you can make quite a few tasty meals from this ingredient.

With one pork shoulder you can make:

BBQ Sandwiches with a Cool Crisp Coleslaw

Just mince the meat, add your favorite BBQ sauce, and top with a quick coleslaw for an easy sandwich recipe that always hits the spot.


Gourmet Quesadillas

Nothing is better than a delicious quesadilla and with minced pork shoulder meat you can take this easy meal idea to the next level.

Don't be afraid to spice it up with some jalapenos and serve it with fresh avocado for a quick meal idea.

Delicious Burritos

Roll up your pork should meat in a tortilla wrap with a serving of rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and salsa.

Yup you got delicious burritos for days!

Carnitas with Mexican Rice and Beans

This classic carnitas with rice and beans is one of my favorites to make because it is a comforting meal that is easy to make.

You Got To Make Nachos

You have all this delicious tend pork meat get out the sheet pan and make some gourmet nachos.

Load the chips up with this tender meat and top with cheese, jalapenos, refried beans, sour cream, salsa, and avocado.


Southern Style Comforts

Add your favorite southern style vinegar base sauce to your pork shoulder and serve with homemade potato salad, baked beans, and hushpuppies.

Boom another dinner done!

Loaded Fries Taken To the Next Level

Pile your tender juicy pork bites onto crisp Cajun seasoned French fries for a dinner winner.

Top with cheese and ranch dressing trust me you'll love this easy dinner idea that is so tasty you'll have to go back for more.

Mexican rice recipe
Mexican Rice Full Recipe Below

What To Make for Dinner When Your on a Budget?

When you want to make easy tasty dinners on a budget your first priority should be creating a variety of meals from one protein source.

Pork shoulder is probably the easiest ingredient to do this with because you get a lot of meat from one purchase, it retains moisture well making it good for reheating, and it is versatile allowing you to create a variety of tasty meals.

The best part, it is super easy to make and hard to mess up making it one of my go to ingredients when I want to make a few of my favorite pork dishes.



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