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Next Food Network Star's Susannah Locketti keeps the cost down and the flavor up with this hearty meal perfect for a lazy winter weekend.

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Momlogic's Susannah Locketti: My husband introduced me to smoked pork shoulder and I now make it at least twice a month. I'll admit, I was skeptical about this cut of meat before I tried it. Turns out, pork shoulder is flavorful, juicy and tender. I love it! This cut of meat is fantastic when slow cooked in water and then finished with this simple glaze in the oven. Transform the leftovers into a fast weekday meal. Just simmer the shredded pork in barbecue sauce for a delicious pulled pork sandwich. Serve with a side salad and a fresh pineapple spear in place of a pickle. This hearty cut of pork generally costs under $1.50 per pound when on sale.

Sweet Glazed Smoked Pork Shoulder

6-8 lb smoked pork shoulder
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup molasses
½ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger

Rinse the pork shoulder and place in a large stock pot. Cover with water, bring to a boil and then simmer for four hours. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the pork shoulder from the water and place on a shallow baking pan. Combine sugar through spices in a medium bowl and stir thoroughly. Spread the sugar glaze on the pork shoulder and bake for 35 minutes until the glaze caramelizes. The meat will be falling apart and easy to shred. Serve with baked beans and your favorite veggies to complete this sweet and savory winter meal.

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Anne Keefe January 14, 2009, 12:59 PM

oohhh…..this sounds really delicious. Pulled pork is one of our favorite lunch time sandwiches. I’ll be trying this recipe soon.

Alton Henson May 1, 2009, 12:19 AM


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