Not Giving This One Away

When a family suffers a loss of a family member, or they have someone in the hospital, their friends and community often comes together to help them out. While there are many things that can be done, from assisting with transportation or keeping people company at the hospital, to helping to clean the house,  there is quite a bit that can be done.

The most common activity, though, is bringing a meal over. When I am in that position, I have a couple of regular dishes that I fall back to:

  • Lasagna – this is my most common dish that I will make for others. It is a dish that takes a little time, but is easy to portion out exactly what you need and reheats well.
  • Pulled Pork – This is a little more informal, but also works for the same reasons.
  • Roast – Whether pork or beef, a nice home-cooked roast is always appreciated.

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This roast was so tender and juicy, I was happy I wasn’t giving it away!

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Besides a big ole hunk of pork, there are only a handful of ingredients.

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Score the meat.

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In the roasting pan.

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A great roast!

Mojo Pork Roast

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 mins | Makes: 8 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 (5-pound) bone-in fresh pork shoulder half (preferably arm picnic)
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle no-sugar-added Italian dressing (recommended: Paul Newman’s Olive oil and Vinegar)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Score the fat and skin on the pork shoulder in a hatch mark fashion. Place the shoulder in a roasting pan lined with a rack, and pour the dressing over it. Rub the shoulder with the remaining ingredients and roast uncovered for 1 hour.

Tent the shoulder loosely with aluminum foil and continue roasting while basting occasionally, until the meat starts to easily pull apart from the bone, about 1 1/2 hours more. Transfer the shoulder to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes. Trim off any excess fat and cut into thin slices.


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Categories: Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Not Giving This One Away”

  1. September 4, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    This looks delicious!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. September 5, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Good angle on the introduction and good tips. Roast looks so tasty and succulent. =)


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