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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Balsamic & Rosemary Braised Pork Butt


     Summer is holding on with all of its might.  We are supposed to hit near 90 again this week.  However, we have had a few nice cool days sprinkled in here and there these last few weeks.  Fall is starting to show a little promise.  I would love a couple of straight months of 70s, but we rarely get that around here.  It seems like we jump from 90 to 50 forcing us to go from the air conditioner straight to running the heat!  I know there are worse things to worry about, but doesn't a nice long fall sound magnificent?




   I did take advantage of one of the cool days to do one of my favorite things to do in fall and winter, a nice long braise.  Pork butt just begs to be braised.  Usually I braise it for carnitas or pulled pork, but this time I had a little something different in mind.  I braised it in balsamic with some honey to balance out the vinegar.  Throw in some bay leaves, rosemary and enough water to give plenty of braising liquid and you are in business. 


    See, you take it out of the oven and the meat falls right off the bone!  I poured off the fat, thickened up the braising liquid a bit and added the meat back.  It was perfect served over mashed potatoes, but would also be great with rice or pasta.  A quick veggie and dinner is served!




Balsamic Braised Pork Shoulder

Ingredients:

2 T cooking oil
3-5 lbs pork shoulder/butt
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup honey
2-3 sprigs rosemary
2 bay leaves
salt & pepper
2-3 tsp corn starch

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In a large dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over pork and brown pork on each side.
  4. Remove from heat.  Pour vinegar and honey over pork.  Add rosemary and bay leaves.  Add 4 cups of water.  Cover with lid and place in oven.
  5. Braise for 4-6 hours.
  6. Remove meat from braising liquid.  If desired, skim the fat off the liquid.
  7. Over low heat, simmer liquid adding a slurry of a couple of tablespoons of water and corn starch.  Bring to a simmer.
  8. Cut meat into chunks, removing any remaining chunks of fat and heat until warm.
  9. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. 
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38 comments:

  1. Delicious recipe! I need to try making this because i love pork :)

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  2. Pork is a good fall meal to me. My mom did this once when I was a kid and I thought she was crazy. It tasted so good that I requested it on my birthday each year. My mouth is watering.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. Pork does seem like it is extra good in the fall. Especially cozy braised dishes like this one! I don't blame you for making something like this your birthday request, it may be mine now too!

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  3. Hi Carlee,
    Wow this looks like the perfect recipe to make for nice weekend meal.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We hope see you again.
    Julie

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    1. It was so good. I am ready to make another, but then I wouldn't have anything to blog about ;-) I'll have to make it again soon anyway!

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  4. Oh my! I may have just drooled! YUMMY!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. We really enjoyed this one! I just love long slow pork dishes this time of year!

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  5. I'm clearly too immature to read your blog because every time you said "butt" I giggled. That said, I love pork you-know-what AND I love my slow cooker so this is VERY appealing to me. Thanks for linking up at @SaucySaturdays.

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    1. Haha! I almost switched the name to shoulder, but I already had the collage done and didn't want to redo it. I'm glad my laziness could give you a chuckle ;-) Thanks for hosting!

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  6. You are killing me Carlee! Pin after pin after pin......:) I just adore cooking with rosemary, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I love cooking with rosemary too, it is one of the few herbs I can keep going year round! I have a pot that moves from my back steps to my back porch in the winter and back out again in the spring.

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  7. Now this sounds like a great dinner! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Pinned!

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    1. It was so good! This is my kind of comfort food for sure! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  8. This looks amazing! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

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  9. Congratulations for being my choice of feature this week at the #AnythingGoes Link Party! This looks so delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much!! We really enjoyed it, that is for sure!

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  10. It looks like you had a yummy dinner. Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Oh my goodness, it was delicious. Definitely a comfort food meal!

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  11. This looks like a great recipe to enjoy over the next couple of months and well into the long winter! Thank you for sharing it on #HomeMattersParty.

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    1. Braised dishes just seem perfect for the cooler weather! They are so easy and cozy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. This is the prefect fall recipe!! Right when you want to start getting out the crock pot and making warm comfort food :) Thanks for sharing at the Talented Tuesday party!

    Lindi @ www.lovecreatecelebrate.com

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    1. It is warm and comforting and smells so good while it cooks! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  13. I'm always so amazed by you! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for hosting! See you tonight!

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  14. This looks amazing, and I bet it would make a nice change from the usual pulled pork. #AnythingGoes

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    1. It was all of the things you love about pulled pork, but with a really warm and comforting flavor profile. It is definitely a new favorite fall comfort food!

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  15. I love a good pork roast...its so versatile! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! I pinned this to My 2 Favorite Things Pinterest Board!

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  16. I love the tang of balsamic vinegar and it helps to cut through the richness of the pork! I can't wait to make this and use the leftovers for a great breakfast scramble. If there are any! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays!

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    1. Oh my goodness, that would be delicious! I sauteed some onions and mushrooms with our leftovers and served it with pasta! YUMMMM! Thanks so much for hosting and for stopping by.

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  17. This sounds really delish! Pinning, I love rosemary and Balsamic so this is the perfect recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. We thought it was really good! It is fun to start having some fall favorites creeping back onto the menu. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I selected this as one of my featured posts in this month's Country Fair Blog Party! Head on over and check it out! http://talesofakansasfarmmom.blogspot.com/2015/11/november-blog-party.html

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  19. I love rosemary and pork. This looks great.

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    1. Thank you! Me too and luckily rosemary is hearty enough to stay alive in a pot on my back porch throughout the winter. It usually doesn't look great come spring, but it green up once it is warm out and it gets to go back outside!

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    2. You are lucky. Rosemary really hates the cold winters up here even if I bring it in.

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