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A pile of shredded Jamaican jerk pork shoulder on a plate with a beer, cilantro, and habanero peppers on the side.

Jamaican Jerk Pork Shoulder


  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 hours
  • Total Time: 32 minute
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x

Description

When you need to feed a crowd for your summer party, look no further than this Jamaican jerk pork shoulder! This succulent, ultra flavorful pork shoulder marinates in jerk spices overnight and then slowly roasts until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. No summer gathering is complete without this tropical-inspired pork shoulder.


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Ingredients

2 habanero or scotch bonnet peppers, sliced, leave in seeds and membrane
1 onion, roughly chopped
6 green onions, sliced
1-inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced or grated
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon five-spice powder
1 tablespoon pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup spiced rum
Juice of three limes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pork shoulder, pork butt cut (see note regarding size)


Instructions

Oven-Roasted Method

  1. Toss the peppers, onion, green onions, ginger, garlic, sugar and spices into a food processor. Blend until everything roughly combines. As the machine runs, add soy sauce, rum, lime juice and canola oil. When you remove the lid from the food processor, it will smell intensely peppery. Don’t worry. This is normal. Reserve 1/2-1 cup of marinade, depending on the size of your pork.
  2. Pierce 1-inch slits throughout the top of the pork butt. Turn over and repeat on the bottom. Pour the marinade over the pork and turn a few times to ensure it’s well-coated. Gently use your fingers to get some marinade into the slits. Refrigerate covered at least overnight or up to 24 hours.
  3. If you have time, take the pork butt out of the refrigerator for an hour before cooking to help it come down in temperature. 
  4. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Remove excess marinade from the pork. Cover a roasting pan with foil. Place on a roasting rack that’s been well-coated with cooking spray. Using a wide-mouth meat injector, inject the reserved marinade throughout the pork. 
  5. Roast uncovered in the oven until a knife or fork can easily pierce and twist into the meat with little resistance. For a 4-pound roast, this should take about eight hours. For a 7- to 8-pound roast, allow for eight to 10 hours of cooking time. 
  6. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes. Shred with two forks and serve. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Method

  1. Toss the peppers, onion, green onions, ginger, garlic, sugar and spices into a food processor. Blend until everything roughly combines. As the machine runs, add soy sauce, rum, lime juice and canola oil. When you remove the lid from the food processor, it will smell intensely peppery. Don’t worry. This is normal. Reserve 1/2-1 cup of marinade, depending on the size of your pork.
  2. Pierce 1-inch slits throughout the top of the pork butt. Turn over and repeat on the bottom. Pour the marinade over the pork and turn a few times to ensure it’s well-coated. Gently use your fingers to get some marinade into the slits. Refrigerate covered at least overnight or up to 24 hours.
  3. If you have time, take the pork butt out of the refrigerator for an hour before cooking to help it come down in temperature. 
  4. Remove excess marinade from the pork. Using a wide-mouth meat injector, inject the reserved marinade throughout the pork. Add to the slow cooker with 1 cup water or chicken stock. Cook on low for eight hours.
  5. The pork is ready when a knife or fork can easily pierce and twist into the meat with little resistance. Allow the meat to rest for 15 minutes. Shred the pork with two forks and serve. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • There’s enough marinade to make up to an 8-pound pork butt. For anything in the 6- to 8-pound range, reserve a cup of marinade for injecting. If you use a smaller pork butt in the 4- to 5-pound range, 1/2 cup of reserved marinade is fine.
  • As an alternative to an 8-pound roast, you can also cook two 4-pound pork butts. This is a good option if you want a lot of meat but don’t want the potential additional cooking time. 
  • If using the slow cooker method, you’ll want to keep your pork butt in the 4-pound range as most slow cookers are too small to handle an 8-pound pork roast.
  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Oven or Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Jamaican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: About 1/3 pound
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 290
  • Fat: 21
  • Saturated Fat: 8
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 1
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 25
  • Cholesterol: 86

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