roast pork picnic shoulder with crispy skin.
Here’s the finished roast pork picnic shoulder with crispy skin.  Wouldn’t this look gorgeous on your Easter dinner table? Don’t believe this is the crispiest pork skin ever?

This slow cooked pork shoulder is so moist and juicy your family will flip for it.   Cooking low and slow makes it tender but finishing it in a very hot oven makes the skin crisp and crackly.

 the pork picnic shoulder before cooking
Here’s the pork picnic shoulder before cooking. Cut deep slits all around the meat and stuff sliced garlic, rosemary, fennel seeds, salt and pepper inside.

Be sure to push the fresh garlic deep inside the pork so the garlic won’t burn.  Rub the outside of the meat with garlic powder, salt and pepper, pour apple juice (or beer) into the bottom of the pan to help steam the pork shoulder.

Roast pork with Vidalia onion pancakes and BBQ sauce
Roast pork with Vidalia onion pancakes and BBQ sauce

I served the roast pork with BBQ sauce and Vidalia onion pancakes (I’ll post that recipe tomorrow) (here’s the link for the Vidalia onion pancake recipe) but it would be fantastic with biscuits and sauteed greens.

Roast Pork Picnic Shoulder

8 pound pork picnic shoulder

3-4 cloves of fresh garlic

3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

2 cups of apple juice

Roasting pan with 2 inch high sides

Rinse off the pork shoulder and pat dry.  Cut deep slits all around the pork and stuff the fresh garlic, rosemary, fennel seeds and about 2 teaspoons of salt and a ½ teaspoon of pepper inside the slits.

Rub the outside of the pork with the granulated garlic and the remaining salt and pepper.  Place the pork in the roasting pan and pour in the apple juice.  Roast the pork at 300° for 6-7 hours until it becomes tender and reaches an internal temperature of 185°. Remove the pork from the oven.

Increase the oven temperature to 500° and roast the pork for 15 minutes more to crisp the skin.



7 Comments on Crispy Skin Roast Pork Recipe

  1. Anne
    October 7, 2015 at 9:39 pm (9 years ago)

    Do you cover the meat with foil when you put them at the beginning in the oven?

    • Demetra Overton
      October 8, 2015 at 11:40 am (9 years ago)

      Hi Anne. I don’t cover the pork with foil because I don’t want the skin to become moist. If the skin becomes moist it won’t cackle as well. Thanks for reading!

  2. Faye Hughes
    July 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm (9 years ago)

    My son in law loved it so much he kept going back for more. Used dry Rosemary instead and still Amazing taste. This is a keeper!

    • Demetra Overton
      July 21, 2015 at 2:33 am (9 years ago)

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad your Son in Law enjoyed it. Thanks for the feedback


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