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Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce
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Beautiful Sunday treat

Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce

Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce is a tasty recipe for Sunday meals, celebrations, and holidays. Juicy, tender, tasty meat with a light sauce.

Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce
Hooray, there’s a new main dish recipe on the blog, and it’s perfect for Sunday lunch, celebrations, and even big holidays like Christmas. This one is a keeper, my friends. Thanks to the pork shoulder collagen, this meat cut is made for the slow cooker and braising. It’s soft, juicy, flavorful, with a beautiful melt in your mouth delicious texture. Serve it with homemade Pepper Tomato Sauce and your favorite roasted potatoes or sauteed veggies.

Fantastic Braised Pork Shoulder recipe

Is there anything more spectacular for meat lovers than juicy, soft, tender meat? I don't think so. This slow-braised pork shoulder recipe is simple, and the flavor is divine. These are the top reasons why we like it so much:

  • the meat is tender, juicy, soft, with the right amount of fat
  • the Pepper Tomato sauce is light, and it tastes like walking in the garden in the summer - so fresh and tasty
  • even though the pork is on the heavier side of the meat, the sauce makes it lighter
  • it's gluten-free and dairy-free
  • an excellent recipe for Sunday family meals, holidays, celebrations, and special occasions
  • it's a simple recipe that even beginners can master

Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce

Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce

How to make Braised Pork Shoulder at home

What makes this Braised Pork Shoulder unique is the juiciness, soft meat that separates easily and melts in your mouth delicious flavor. You will find the whole recipe with the ingredient list and method below. Here we're going to go through the steps together so you can get a better idea of how to make it at home.

  1. Season the meat with a mixture of dried herbs.
  2. In a dutch oven, sear the pork shoulder on all sides. This way, the exterior will be beautifully caramelized, and the interior will stay juicy and delicious.
  3. Transfer the meat to a plate and add the vegetables to the same pot.
  4. Place the pork over the vegetables, pour in the liquid, and braise the meat in the oven for about 2 hours.
  5. Make the light sauce using peppers, tomatoes, and the rest of the vegetables. Blend into a smooth sauce.
  6. Leave the pork shoulder to rest. The cooking process will continue.
  7. Cut the meat and serve with the sauce and your favorite side.

Searing pork for Braised Pork Shoulder

Braised Pork Shoulder before adding in to the oven

Braised Pork Shoulder

What to serve with Pork Shoulder

Serve the Braised Pork Shoulder with delicious Pepper Tomato Sauce made from scratch. It's light and flavorful and balances the pork beautifully. For the side, we would choose one of these: 

roasting vegetables for Pepper Tomato Sauce

Pepper Tomato Sauce before blending

Pepper Tomato Sauce blended

How to store Braised Pork Shoulder

There are two ways to store this delicious Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce.

Keep the chilled Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 days. Before serving, reheat in the microwave oven or using a skillet.

Feel free to freeze the Braised Pork Shoulder with Pepper Tomato Sauce too. Place the chilled pork (with or without the sauce) in a freezer bag or a freezer-friendly container and place it in the freezer for up to 1 month. Before serving, defrost at room temperature (or in the fridge overnight), then reheat in the microwave oven or using a skillet.

Or make a delicious Burger with Sauerkraut using leftovers.

Try these delicious pork recipes too


Lets get cooking!

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  • combine the spices

    In a small bowl, stir to combine the spices: coriander, paprika powder, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place the pork shoulder on a large plate. Drizzle the meat with a tablespoon of olive oil. Rub the spices into the meat.

  • sear the meat

    Place a large dutch oven pot over medium-high heat. Add canola oil and pork. Sear on all sides; it will take approximately 10 - 12 in total. Turn the meat from time to time using kitchen thongs. Preheat the oven to 160 °C / 320 °F. Pour wine into a saucepan, place over high heat, bring to a boil, and then cook for a minute for the alcohol to evaporate. Remove from the heat.

  • braise the pork shoulder

    Transfer the meat from the dutch oven to a large plate. Discard the fat from the pot. Peel the onion and cut it into quarters. Peel the carrots and cut them into larger chunks. Cut the garlic head in half. Add the vegetables to the dutch oven along with the thyme, sage, and bay leaf. Place the seared meat on top. Pour in the water or broth and wine. Cover with a lid. Place in the preheated oven on the middle rack. Braise for 2 - 2 1/2 hours at 160 °C / 320 °F or until the meat is soft and juicy. Using a ladle, pour the braising juices over the meat three times during cooking.

  • bake the veggies for the sauce

    Cut the tomatoes, pepper, and onion into quarters. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven last 40 minutes before the meat is done.

  • leave the meat to rest

    When the pork shoulder is done, remove it from the oven and transfer it to a large plate. Leave to rest for 10 - 15 minutes, then cut into slices and serve.

  • make the sauce and serve

    After taking the meat out, transfer the vegetables to a high rack. Change the oven setting to low broil. Broil for 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a blender (or use an immersion blender). Using a slotted spoon remove the vegetables from the dutch oven and add them to the blender. Don't add the whole garlic, just about two cloves. Discard the herbs. Using a blender, mix into a thick sauce. Add 120 ml (1/2 cup) of braising liquid and mix again until creamy and smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with the Braised Pork Shoulder.


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