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Braised pork shoulder with whole grain mustard

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016

braised pork

Ingredients:

  • 2.5kg Pork Shoulder – trimmed
  • 3pc SweeTango Apples – cored, peeled and sliced in 8
  • 8pc Shallots – trimmed, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4pc Fresh Thyme – rinsed and leaves stripped
  • 500ml Apple Cider
  • 500ml Thornbury Hard Cider
  • 1tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1tbsp Canola Oil
  • Flaked Sea Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Whole Grain Mustard – garnish as needed

Method:

  1. Position rack in center of oven, preheat to 325°F (165°C)
  2. Heat a cast iron or heavy-bottom braising pan over medium-high, add butter and canola
  3. Season pork on all sides with salt and pepper, gently add the to the pan, sauté on all sides until golden brown
  4. Transfer pork to a platter, add shallots, apples and thyme, season with salt and pepper, sauté until golden brown
  5. Deglaze pan with hard cider, add apple cider, bring to simmer, return the pork to the pan with resting liquid
  6. Cover and transfer the braiser to the oven, braise for 2-3 hours or until tender
  7. Using tongs, transfer pork to a platter, spoon off any excess fat, add apples to the pan
  8. On the stovetop over medium heat, reduce the liquid until desired consistency and apples are tender
  9. Using two forks, shred the pork, layer on pretzel bun, top with apple-onion garnish and whole grain mustard
  10. Pork can be prepared 3 days in advance, wrap tightly in plastic wrap

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