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Sous Vide Pork Shoulder

Known under many different names such as pork shoulder butt, pork butt and pork shoulder blade this cut of meat is a piece that comes from the front shoulder. It runs from the front ankle to the middle portion between the shoulder blades. Made up of the whole joint, this portion is marbled with fat making the meat flavorful and juicy when cooked. However, this cut also tends to be tough due to the large amounts of connective tissues that it contains.

The key to making this cut tender is long cooking hours paired with the right internal temperature in order to breakdown the connective tissues. Many recipes do this through roasting or braising for an extended period. One way to achieve the same results with much less hassle is through sous vide. This technique uses the same principles of slow cooking and temperature control. However, the use of a water bath and a vacuum pack eliminates the need to keep watch over the meat as it cooks.

During the sous vide process, any desired seasoning and spices may be added to the pork shoulder. Once done the meat may be used as is, or be paired with other ingredients to be used in different dishes. Ready to eat meals using pork shoulder may also be made using this technique. Sous vide pork shoulder is a versatile meat that can be used for more than a regular roast or pulled pork dish.

For medium rare cooked pork shoulder, the meat should be held at 135°F or 57.2°C, while medium cooked meat is done at 145°F or 62.8°C. If a traditional well done shoulder is desired, it should be cooked at 155°F or 68.3°C. No matter what temperature range is used, the pork shoulder should be cooked for 1 to 2 days. For a crisp or well done outer part, sous vide pork shoulder may be finished by searing, grilling or torching.

Sous Vide Pork Shoulder Recipes and Articles

Shredded Sous Vide Pork Tacos Recipe

Placeholder My wife is a huge fan of tacos, so I try to make them for her when I can. I love shredded pork so it's often my go-to meat to use in them. You can cook the pork however you like, but I love a good sous vide pork shoulder, it has more bite to it than a pressure cooked version would...though if you want to smoke it traditionally, go right ahead!

Tortilla Soup with Shredded Sous Vide Pork Recipe

Placeholder My wife loves a rich and spicy tortilla soup so I've been working on a go-to recipe I can make for her. There's lots of ingredients, so it can look intimidating, but it is actually really easy to put together. The magic begins by sous viding a pork shoulder or pork butt to shred in the soup! The smell of the soup cooking on the stove will also fill your house with anticipation for dinner! This recipe makes a ton of soup, but it is real easy to freeze the leftovers for easy meals in a week or two.

Why is the Sous Vide Pulled Pork Temperature Different Than Smoking?

Placeholder An Ask Jason question answering why the temperatures used to cook pulled pork in sous vide are different than the recommended temperatures used when smoking it.

Sous Vide Pulled Pork Recipe with Chili Pepper BBQ Sauce

Placeholder Pulled pork is usually made using the pork butt, sometimes called the pork shoulder or Boston Butt. Using sous vide to make pulled pork takes longer than with traditional methods but you don't have to manage a fire or look in on the meat. This recipe uses a chili pepper sauce to give the dish some kick and depth of flavor.

Sous Vide Bourbon BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Placeholder Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a few last, good summer meals! This sous vide pulled pork recipe is easy to make and you can finish it off on the grill for lots of additional flavor.

Sous Vide Pulled Pork Sandwiches Recipe

Placeholder Pulled pork is a classic summer BBQ dish that I really love. In this sous vide pulled pork recipe I use it on sandwiches for a simple but flavorful dinner meal. I serve it on English Muffins after the suggestion of Michael Ruhlman and it works great to constrain the portion size...and leave more room for sides!

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