Beer Braised Pork Shoulder
slow cooked to perfection
Slow cooked to perfection, this Beer Braised Pork Shoulder is super easy to make and can be made ahead of time. This recipe for a pork shoulder should be added to your easy, go-to dishes.
Hand shredded pulled pork has always been one of my favorite meals. North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, St. Louis—I love all the styles and order them wherever I go.
This recipe for Beer Braised Pork Shoulder is my stab at the perfect pulled pork. Serve it on a hot pretzel roll with our Homemade BBQ pulled pork sauce and people will think that you just graduated from culinary school!
- Yield: Main Course for 6-8
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cooking Time: 120 minutes
- 1 Pork Shoulder
- 4 Cans Beer
- 2 Dried Bay Leaves
- 6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 2 Tablespoons Black Peppercorns
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
1. In a large pot, combine all of your ingredients. Make sure that the meat is completely covered with liquid. Be careful when adding your salt because it will cause the beer to foam.
2. Bring the pot to a boil and cover with aluminum foil. Reduce the heat to medium low so the beer will still be simmering. Cook for 1 hour.
3. After one hour has passed, remove the foil, rotate the pork so the top is now on the bottom to ensure an even cooking, recover with foil and let simmer another hour.
4. After the second hour has passed the pork will be completely tender, pulling apart, and ready to eat.
5. Separate the pork from the liquid and let cool. Reserve the liquid. To serve, pull the meat from the bone, separate the fat from the meat, and shred. You can use either your hands or forks for this process.
6. Once you are finished pulling the pork, unless you are serving right away , cover with the remaining liquids. Leave on low heat in the pot to keep it warm if you serving it all night long.
- Any large piece of pork, marbled with fat, (i.e. not a pork loin) will work for this recipe. These cuts of pork are very affordable.
- For this recipe I used the beer with the lime added to it for some extra flavor. You can use any flavor beer you have on hand, and if you aren’t a fan of beer you can always just substitute water.
- You can make this recipe 1-2 days in advance and just warm slowly on the stovetop for the day of service.