This smoked pork butt recipe with potatoes and cabbage can easily pass for Eastern European-style corned beef and cabbage.
A pork butt actually has nothing to do with the hindquarters of a pig. The butt refers to the butt of the upper shoulder (the lower portion of the shoulder is the picnic). This cut is also known as Boston butt.
Leftovers can be turned into soup or another meal over noodles. Smoked pork butt is a good candidate for a slow cooker or pressure cooker if you follow the manufacturer's directions.
- 3 pounds boneless smoked pork butt
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 medium-large cabbage, cut into eighths
- 5 black peppercorns
- 6 medium potatoes, peeled but left whole
- Place smoked pork butt in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Add water to cover and add brown sugar. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 40 minutes per pound. If using a 3-pound pork butt as called for in this recipe, that would be 2 hours.
- Halfway through the cooking process (after 1 hour), add the cabbage and peppercorns. Bring back to the boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer.
- Thirty minutes before the cooking time is up, add the whole potatoes. Return to the boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes and meat are tender.
- Transfer meat to a cutting board and slice. Arrange on a platter with cabbage wedges and whole potatoes. Save the cooking water to make this sweet-and-sour cabbage soup recipe.
More Uses for Smoked or Fresh Pork Butt
- Glazed Smoked Pork Butt Recipe: A simple glaze made with apricot preserves adds a touch of sweetness to this tender, juicy smoked pork shoulder. Enjoy it sliced with potatoes and veggies or shredded for sandwiches.
- Fresh Pork Shoulder with Vegetables Recipe: In this recipe, an unsmoked piece of pork butt is braised with turnips, sweet potatoes, and cabbage for a complete meal.
- Pumpkin and Pork Shoulder Recipe with Bacon and Onions Recipe: Sliced fresh pumpkin is sautéed with yellow onions in bacon fat before being simmered with chicken broth and spices and mixed with sautéed strips of pork butt.
- North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Recipe: What makes this pulled pork North Carolina-style is the cider-vinegar sauce with crushed red pepper it is basted and served with. It makes a great weekend meal with beans, potato salad or fries, and slaw.