Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Dry Rub

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Dry Rub

This dry rub recipe can be easily adjusted to your family’s tastes by incorporating ethnic spices. Executive Chef Todd Knoll adds ancho chili to complement the fruit flavors in the 2008 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.


  • 10 pound pork shoulder, bone-in

For the dry rub

  • ¾ cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup Demerara sugar (Turbinado or Sugar in the Raw may be substituted)
  • ½ cup Chinese dried mustard (Coleman’s may be substituted)
  • ¼ cup smoked paprika
  • 4 Tbsp dehydrated garlic (garlic powder may be substituted)
  • 6 Tbsp dehydrated onion (onion powder may be substituted)
  • 6 Tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tbsp coriander


serves 8-10

Choose a bone-in pork shoulder sized for the amount of guests you’ll be serving (one pound per person). Either trim or ask your butcher to trim the meat to leave as much of the fat cap on the meat as possible. This will ensure the most flavorful and tender finished product.

Let the meat come to room temperature at least one hour prior to preparing. You can lightly score the fat cap to reduce the cooking time by 25 percent. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

To make the dry rub, source the freshest ingredients possible. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the ingredients to a uniform grain without any large pieces. To save time, pulse in a spice or coffee grinder. Store in a mason jar or airtight container and keep in the pantry for up to one month.

Dust both sides of the pork with one half of the dry rub mixture. Place seasoned pork with the fat cap up into a perforated pan and leave uncovered to create a ‘bark’ and give the pork a smoky flavor. A disposable turkey pan from the grocery store works well if you don’t have a perforated pan at home. Cook for 1½ hours per pound and dust pork with remaining dry rub half way through the cook time.

Remove from oven, tent with foil and allow the meat to rest in its own juices for two to three hours prior to slicing. Serve in tacos, sandwiches  or simple slices with seasonal vegetables.

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