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Pork shoulder is simply the shoulder of the pig, right? Well yes, but it’s worth noting that this cut goes by all manner of names depending on who you are or where you are from. The shoulder can sometimes be referred to as the butt, despite being located nowhere near the rear of the animal.
Also, rather confusingly, a roast pork shoulder joint is known as spare rib roast, even though no ribs are present in the cut. No matter what you call it, it offers up the same thing; a versatile and economic cut of meat that’s bursting with flavour.
Pork shoulder is sourced from a rather hardworking area of the pig, so benefits from slow cooking. This cut works well as a Sunday Roast, so a slow roast at a low temperature works a treat. This gives the meat enough time to tenderise and the fat to slowly dissolve and enrich the succulent meat. And don’t forget the mouth-watering cracking on top!
Pork shoulder can also be put to great use in stews, as long as we stick to the rule of long, slow cooking. And an increasing favourite, pulled pork, can be made from this fantastic, flavourful cut of pork.
How long does it take to cook spare rib roast? As a rough guideline, roasted pork rib will take around 3 - 3.5 hours to cook.
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