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Simple Pork Roast

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Recipes posted a year ago:

We recently took delivery of a heritage hog from April Joy Farm, and I wanted to cook one of the roasts using a recipe that would let the character of the meat shine, without a bunch of other flavors competing for center stage.  Here’s what I ended up with.

Gather Up:

  • 1 pasture-raised pork shoulder roast (bone in), about 3-1/2 lbs
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp no-salt seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper

In a small prep bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except the roast, of course!) to form a paste.  Spread liberally all over the roast, then let stand on the counter (cover loosely with foil) for about 30 minutes.  Warm the grill or oven to 375 degrees so it is ready when the 30 minutes is up.

 Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the roast, making sure that it is not touching any of the bones.  If grilling, place directly on the grill with the fat side up.  If you are roasting, place on a grill in a roasting pan (again, fat side up) and place in the oven.  Close the lid and set the timer for about 75 minutes.  Check it when the timer goes off, and continue to cook until the thermometer reads 140 degrees – about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  Don’t open the grill or oven too often to check though, as it will extend the cooking time by losing all the heat.

Tent the roast loosely with foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before carving.  This gives you time to throw together a basic salad, and warm up some leftover RedEye Sauce to serve with it.  Then simply carve and serve!

  1. Donna says:

    Yet another amazing offering …and from someone constantly in search of gastronomic magnificance from a paleo perspective…I am once again extremely impressed. This gives me the perfect opportunity to try the red-eye sauce you detailed last week. Thank you for providing continuous inspiration.

    Speaking of inspiration..the background photo always impresses me..is this in the Pacific Northwest?…It reminds me of the spectacular country where I grew up …in Oregon.

  2. Casey says:

    The header photo is Wild Goose Island and Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park (near the east entrance). It’s a bit closer to where I grew up (North Idaho) than it is to the true “Pacific Northwest.” Karen took that photo when we were there for a visit in summer of 2010.

    • Donna says:

      Thank you for clarifying your header photo’s origins for me…I simply love Glacier…and it remains my favorite national park…Such pristine beauty! Have a lovely week.

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