This succulent pork butt roast makes a delicious meal with potatoes and a side vegetable, or serve it shredded in sandwiches with barbecue sauce.
Pork butt or Boston butt, despite the name, is a cut that comes from the upper part of the shoulder of the pig. Pork shoulder or fresh pork picnic may be used in this recipe as well.
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- 1 boneless pork butt, Boston butt, or pork shoulder, about 4 pounds
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Heat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Remove the netting from the pork.
- Combine the spices and herbs and mix well. Rub all over the pork.
- Heat a heavy skillet over high heat and sear the roast on all sides. If using a cast iron or heavy oven-safe skillet, leave the pork in the skillet. Or, transfer the pork to a roasting or baking pan. Cover with foil.
- Put the roast in the oven, reduce the temperature to 325 F, and roast for 3 hours. Uncover and continue roasting for another hour, or until the roast is pull-apart tender.
- Serve shredded for pulled pork sandwiches with barbecue toppings and sides or serve with tortillas, along with Mexican-style condiments and toppings. You could also serve along with mashed potatoes and a side vegetable.