Pork Shoulder Recipes

The cut of choice for pulled pork and carnitas, find top-rated recipes for pork shoulder.

Staff Picks

Sweet Pork for Burritos

Rating: 4.5 stars 127
This is a sweet and tangy pork recipe. It goes great in burritos and tacos, but it also tastes great by itself!

Faye's Pulled Barbecue Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 138
This recipe is very good and very simple. You just boil the meat until it falls off the bone, stir in the sauce and eat. Serve on your favorite buns and have plenty of coleslaw handy. Enjoy!

Glenn's Marinated Pork Shoulder

Rating: 4.5 stars 72
This tangy marinade for grilled pork shoulder is swimming with spices. You'll really taste the garlic!

Sweet and Sour Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 1151
Juicy pork and stir-fried veggies coated in luscious sweet and sour sauce.

Pressure Cooker Carnitas

Rating: 4.5 stars 126
Perfect for taco bars! This can be easily adapted to a slow cooker, but the pressure cooker really seals in the flavor and cuts down on cooking time. All the leftover broth from the pressure cooker is packed full of flavor, great as a starter for chile verde, and freezes well. Serve carnitas with white corn tortillas, guacamole and pico.

Sweet and Savory Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 277
This is a sweet and savory pulled pork that combines many techniques for the best flavor. The slow cooker makes the meat fall off the bone!

Bourbon-Mango Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 374
Spicy, smoky, and sweet. This is the perfect addition to that crusty roll you've been trying to figure out a sandwich filling for!

Slow Cooker Barbequed Pork for Sandwiches

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
This is always ready for tailgating and barbecues! I serve either on toasted rolls or with a starch like rice and a vegetable. Try using two different bottles of barbeque sauce: one smoky and sweet; one spicy.

Barbeque Pork Two Ways

Rating: 4.5 stars 445
Easy and delicious! Pork shoulder, slow-cooked or simmered on the stovetop with onion and spices. Serve hot in sandwich buns.

Andy's Spicy Green Chile Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 298
Rich spicy recipe for slow cooking pork. This makes for excellent tacos, enchiladas, etc. We crave this pork, and you will too.

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 3059
Texas-style pulled pork simmers in a tangy chili-seasoned barbecue sauce with plenty of onion, then pulled into tender shreds to serve on a buttered, toasted bun.

Inspiration and Ideas

23 Delicious Ways the World Cooks Pork Shoulder
We love cooking with pork shoulder. It's a versatile and economical cut that takes deliciously to roasting, braising, stewing, and slow cooking. Low, moist heat turns the meat so tender and succulent, it just falls away from the bone and practically melts in the mouth.
Chef John's Best Pork Shoulder Recipes
We can't get enough of these top-rated recipes for porchetta, pulled pork, agrodolce, chile verde, pork braised with cider, creamy pork stew, and much more.
Pork Carnitas
Rating: 5 stars 550

Seasoned pork shoulder cooked in a Dutch oven until tender, then shredded.