Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder

Ever since the first cold wisps of fall I’ve been dying to braise something. Anything.

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So last week I picked a beautiful sunny and chilly day, I clicked on the Florence and The Machine channel on Pandora, busted out my very red, Lodge Dutch oven and got my braise on. Do normal people even say that? No? I’m not surprised.

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If I had to pick my favorite thing to braise, it would be a pork shoulder. Or venison. But being that I had a pork shoulder that I had planned to throw in the slow cooker to make pulled pork sandwiches with, but didn’t because that would involve me going down into our basement storage area and well, as you can see… I’d rather braise in my Lodge.

Living in Michigan, being fall and surrounded by cider mills… we always have apple cider in our fridge. So I Googled and found this recipe {adapted it to make it simpler and home-cook friendly} and knew exactly what I was making for dinner with my pork shoulder… and it wasn’t sandwiches.

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