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Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Fennel, Garlic and Rosemary

8 to 10 Servings

4¾ hours 20 minutes active

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This recipe takes inspiration from porchetta, a Tuscan-style pork roast seasoned with garlic, herbs and spices. We make a simple seasoning paste and rub the mixture into shallow cuts in the meat’s fat so it clings to the roast. Roasting meat on a baking sheet, rather than in a roasting pan, promotes better air circulation, accelerating cooking and boosting browning. Use the time while the meat rests to throw together a zingy-fresh parsley-caper sauce that’s a perfect foil to the richness of the meat.

8 to 10


4¾ hours

20 minutes active


  • 3

    tablespoons fennel seeds

  • ½

    cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided


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Maggie C.
December 11, 2023
Pork shoulder
Delicious. Big party hit.
Chris W.
November 5, 2023
This was the most succulent, juicy pork shoulder I have ever ate! Low & slow is the way to go! Combined with the cucumber sour cream & dill salad and I was in heaven!
Karen K.
November 3, 2023
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Fennel and Rosemary
This recipe is fabulous. Made it exactly as written. It was tender, juicy and delicious. The sauce did add something special. It was a hit with all our guests.
Kate L.
October 29, 2023
This is so good. Coked for 3.5 hrs. Added lemon zest, salt and lemon juice to the parsley caper sauce. Served with parsnip puree and roasted brussel sprouts. So good.