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How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven

by
author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven Photo Credit Scott Miller/Demand Media

Fresh pork shoulder is a rich and tasty cut of meat, but it can be tough, so marinating and roasting pork shoulder is a good way to ensure that it comes out tender. The type of marinade you use doesn’t matter, as long as it contains an oil, an acid and some sort of spices or herbs to add flavor.

Step 1

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Rinse your pork shoulder thoroughly in cool running water and blot it dry with paper towels.

Step 2

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Place the pork shoulder in a baking dish, fat side up. Make little incisions through the fat and into the top of the meat to allow the marinade to penetrate through the top layer.

Step 3

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Pour your marinade over the pork shoulder, making certain the marinade gets into the incisions.

Step 4

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Cover the pork shoulder and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Let it sit overnight for a more flavorful and tender result.

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Step 5

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray a deep roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 6

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Remove the pork shoulder from its marinade and place it in the roasting pan, fat side up. Discard the marinade.

Step 7

How to Cook a Fresh Pork Shoulder in the Oven
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Roast the pork shoulder until it turns brown and an instant-read thermometer shows an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit when you insert it into the thickest part of the meat. Allow 35 to 40 minutes per pound, but use the thermometer to make absolutely certain that your pork is safe to eat.

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