Pork shoulder makes a wonderful roast because it has enough fat to keep it moist and tender during low and slow cooking. The citrus sauce has a smoky, agave sweetness from the tequila and produces a bright counterpoint to the unctuous meat. Serve any extra sauce for dipping. Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2019

Bruce Aidells


Spice Rub & Pork


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare spice rub & pork: Combine sage, 2 tablespoons garlic, oil, thyme, lemon zest, salt, pepper and cumin in a small bowl. Place pork, fat-side up, in a baking pan and rub the spice mixture all over the top and sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  • When ready to roast the pork, position a rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F.

  • Transfer the pork to a rack set in a roasting pan. Roast for 20 minutes.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 170 degrees F for a tender but sliceable texture or 180 degrees F for a pull-apart texture, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.

  • Transfer the pork to a cutting board; loosely cover with foil. Let rest for at least 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, to prepare sauce: Pour orange, lemon and lime juices into the roasting pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes. Stir in agave (or corn) syrup, tequila, fish sauce, garlic and hot sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until the sauce is the consistency of a light syrup but not thick enough to coat a spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve (discard the solids).

  • Thinly slice or shred the pork and drizzle the sauce over it. Garnish with cilantro.


To make ahead: Refrigerate pork (Step 1) overnight.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; 14.6 g total fat; 4.9 g saturated fat; 69 mg cholesterol; 374 mg sodium. 302 mg potassium; 8.3 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 18.1 g protein; 113 IU vitamin a iu; 20 mg vitamin c; 13 mcg folate; 29 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 24 mg magnesium; 4 g added sugar;