Boston Butt Pork Roast

Ready in 9 hours

Inpsired by Allen Patout's Lousiana Restaurant, this makes a tender and delicious roast. Spend the extra time trimming the fat so your au jus will be useful for gravy and not just grease, though. Diabetic-friendly.

"so excellent! i doubled the garlic and roasted it, also used some ancho chili pepper in the seasoning. my guests loved it and so did my husband and myself."

- kpakov

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5 pounds Boston Butt Pork Roast; (up to 6 pounds )
6 cloves garlic; minced very fine
2 teaspoon sea salt; fine
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper; (or less)
2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 medium onions; chopped fine
1 red bell pepper; chopped fine
1 green bell pepper; chopped fine
2 cups water
1 tablespoon root beer extract
1 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet browning sauce
2 tablespoon Flour
1 tablespoon butter; (or in place of roux, for a slightly faster and different gravy, 2 T
1/2 cup green onions; chopped
1/2 cup Parsley; chopped

Original recipe makes 8



Carefully trim roast of any fat, external and internal. Combine peppers, salt, and garlic in a small bowl. Make several 1" incisions in the trimmed roast and stuff some of the seasoning mix inside. Then rub the rest over the roast. Wrap well in plastic and store in fridge overnight.

The next day: 1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

2. Transfer roast to roaster pan. Cover with chopped onions and bell peppers.

3. Add the root beer extract and kitchen bouquet to 2 cups water and pour around the roast.

4. Cook uncovered for 5-7 hours until internal temp reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. It should be juicy but not pink at all. (The original directions said you could speed this up at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours.)

5. Transfer the roast to a serving platter (carefully; it should be fall-apart tender!).

Make the Gravy:

1. Pour the pan juices into a saucepan, scraping the roaster for any good bits left behind. Let it stand for 15 minutes to half an hour, then degrease with spoon.

2. Bring the juices to a simmer and reduce heat. While the juices are cooling and then heating in step 1, melt 2 T butter in another small saucepan. Add 1 T flour and heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns just a shade darker than peanut butter. Careful--it is really easy to burn this roux.

3. Add the roux (OR the corn starch dissolved in 1/4 c water) to the simmering juices, stirring to make sure it dissolves completely. Let simmer for a further 15 minutes. Add water if needed to thin out some.

4. Stir in green onions and parsley. Remove from heat.

Serve the sliced roast with brown rice.


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so excellent! i doubled the garlic and roasted it, also used some ancho chili pepper in the seasoning. my guests loved it and so did my husband and myself.
kpakov 1 year ago
This is something I put on in the morning (after marinating overnight) and ignore until time to make the gravy. My husband dislikes 'velvety' meats that are overcooked or dry, but this one is a favorite for him and our two kids as well. To make it heart-healthy, he really watches his portion size, especially for the gravy. One of these days, I want to make this a day ahead and refrigerate the pan juices to get rid of more fat! [I posted this recipe.]
talheure 4 years ago
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