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Boston Pork Butt: World's Best Pork Roast Recipe

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Learn how to cook the world's most delicious, mouthwatering pork roast recipe!

Learn how to cook the world's most delicious, mouthwatering pork roast recipe!

Boston Pork Butt Roast Recipe

Quite often over the years, I've walked through the grocery store and seen Boston pork butt on sale at really low prices, but I never really knew what to do with it except make BBQ pork.

And while I do make wonderful BBQ pork, I wanted something different. So through trial and error (yes, error), I came up with a delicious recipe that will have you drooling and wanting more.

Boston pork butt roast ingredients

Boston pork butt roast ingredients

Ingredients

  • 5-to-7-pound Boston butt, excess fat trimmed (but leave enough for flavoring)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoons ground rosemary
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 to 2 (14.5-ounce) cans beef broth

Equipment

  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Baking pan with bottom rack
Once the pork roast is covered in olive oil and spices—sea salt, ground rosemary, and garlic powder—it's ready for the oven!

Once the pork roast is covered in olive oil and spices—sea salt, ground rosemary, and garlic powder—it's ready for the oven!

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F.
  2. Once you have trimmed away any excess fat, wash your roast well under cold running water. I leave just a little fat on the meat. Your butcher may be able to trim it for you.
  3. Rub the trimmed roast all over with olive oil. Then, rub it down with sea salt, ground rosemary, and garlic powder. I like to cut small, deep slits in my roast and insert the spices down into the slits so that the spices flavor the meat way down deep and give it a wonderful, delicious flavor.
  4. Place your roast on the rack in the pan. To cook your roast, you will want a baking pan with a rack in the bottom that holds it up off the bottom of the pan. I like this so I can use the drippings for making the gravy.
  5. Pour one can of beef broth into it. As your roast cooks, juices will drip down, and you do not want the bottom of the pan to get dry. If necessary, add another can of beef broth during the cooking process as you want the liquid from the pan to make gravy.
  6. Roast for about 6 hours, or until your thermometer reads 160°F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat. You'll want to insert your instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat to be sure you get a true reading on the thermometer. You want to cook your roast slowly until it is falling apart. A 5-to-7-pound Boston butt will take about 6 hours in a 300°F oven to reach an internal temperature of 160°F. Don't overcook your roast!
Potatoes and carrots are excellent side options for this delicious dish.

Potatoes and carrots are excellent side options for this delicious dish.

Optional Extras

  • Once your roast is done, you can take a package of dry brown gravy mix and the drippings from the pan to make a delicious gravy. Follow the directions on the mix.
  • I sometimes like to cook whole new potatoes and baby carrots in the pan with the pork roast. You can cook them separately if you want to and add them to the roast when it is done.
  • Add BBQ sauce to the leftover pork to make BBQ pulled pork. It will be really delicious this way. Serve it on buns with slaw for a deliciously tasty treat.
With an up-close shot like this, you can tell how juicy and yummy this roast is.

With an up-close shot like this, you can tell how juicy and yummy this roast is.

Nothing beats a delicious pork roast for dinner, but what should you prepare to go along with it? Here are some recommended side dishes to serve with your roast:

  • Potatoes (mashed, scalloped, roasted, or sweet potatoes)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Salad
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut squash
  • Creamed corn
  • Potato salad
A delicious pork roast is sure to please any meat-eater!

A delicious pork roast is sure to please any meat-eater!

I think once you have made this delicious recipe, you will agree that it is one of the best things you have ever tasted in your life.

Please post a comment below or leave any tips or suggestions if you have them.

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