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Easy and Great Pork Recipe for Thanksgiving: Oven Pork Shoulder or Loin

Updated on October 31, 2011

Pork for Thanksgiving?

For many Americans Thanksgiving Day means turkey. That's fine. But what if you're not fan of turkey? Actually most of all people are not. Turkey holds only 4th position among American meat consumption with only 8% of average person repertoire (according to Economic Research Service, U.S.D.A. Food Availability). There is no problem if you prefer pork. Thanksgiving is not only about turkey, but more about giving thanks and praise. It is about family gathering together, and about warmth of our hearts, about love, and about remembering our history, and about acknowledging God for his blessings.

So think about it, and don't worry for not cooking turkey this year. Furthermore, you have this great pork recipe to try!

Oven pork shoulder recipe

It's so tender you can cut it with spoon..
It's so tender you can cut it with spoon.. | Source
Rub salt and black pepper into surface
Rub salt and black pepper into surface | Source
Pierce pork shoulder
Pierce pork shoulder | Source
Force garlic into cuts
Force garlic into cuts | Source
This is how both sides should look like
This is how both sides should look like | Source
Wrap it in foil
Wrap it in foil | Source
Make sure that meat juice won't leave wrap
Make sure that meat juice won't leave wrap | Source
It's ready to go to the oven..
It's ready to go to the oven.. | Source
Mmm.. | Source

Are you prepared for Thanksgiving Day?

An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her," and he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like hell they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this." She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone, too, and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Thanksgiving. Now what do we tell them for Christmas?" (I found this joke here)

Oven pork shoulder recipe

Hands-on time: 10 min

Cooking time: 2 hours or more if you use big cut


  • Pork shoulder roast with fat on it (you also can use pork loin roast). I prefer boned pork shoulder.
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves
  • Generous pinch of salt and black pepper
  • You also need to have foil, oven and roasting pan


  1. If you use regular, not marinated pork, then rub salt and black pepper into the pork shoulder roast. (There should be special sign on the label if it is marinated meat). Otherwise, you shouldn't salt it, but you still need to rub pepper into pork roastr. As for me I prefer not marinated pork for this recipe.
  2. Make 1 inch deep and 1 inch wide cuts all over the surface of the pork (both sides)
  3. Slice garlic and force it into cuts. Don't afraid to put too much garlic. You will hardly notice garlic flavor in ready dish.
  4. Wrap pork shoulder roast in foil. It's important to make such wrap that steam can't escape from the top and liquid can't leak from the bottom. Liquid? Yes, there will be meat juice emited from the pork, and you need to keep it inside wrap. This is very important, because this juice is the main reason of amazing taste. It moistens and tenderizes the meat and hastens cooking time.
  5. Put foil wrap into roasting pan. I do it only to secure that if meat juice finds its way out of wrap, it won't drop on the hot oven surface.
  6. Put it in cold oven and set 355o F (180o C). Bake it for 2 hours. I usually set timer for 1.5 hours to check readiness and also to baste the drippings over the roast. But it's not necessary.

When it's done it's so tender, that you can cut it with spoon! If it's not, then give it more time.

Slice it and serve hot with your favorite garnish. I don't make any souce for it, it is extremely yammy as it is. You also can serve it cold as appetizer.

Bon appetit and have a great Thanksgiving Day!

How to choose pork

Good pork
Bad pork
Flesh color
Pinkish to light red
Fat color
What happens if you press on the meat with finger..
Meat will quickly come back after pressing
Dimple will stay there

Where is pork shoulder roast?


Is your dinner ready?

Little Johnny's preschool class went on a field trip to the fire station. The firefighter giving the presentation held up a smoke detector and asked the class: "Does anyone know what this is?"

Little Johnny's hand shot up and the firefighter called on him.

Little Johnny replied: "That's how Mommy knows dinner is ready!" (It is from here)

I hope you got amazing tender pork shoulder roast using my recipe!

Bon appetit and have a great Thanksgiving Day!


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    • kikalina profile image


      7 years ago from Europe

      This hib is making me hungry

    • Bobri Dobri profile imageAUTHOR

      Bobri Dobri 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Gordon, for so kind words. I try to do my best.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Bobri Dobri,

      I am a big fan of pork at all times of year and I find it a great shame that so many people are sometimes almost scared to cook it in case it turns out dry. Your recipe and tips are fabulous and your pictures are proof of just what a great eating meat pork can be.

    • Bobri Dobri profile imageAUTHOR

      Bobri Dobri 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Simone, thanks for reading and commenting the hub. I absolutely agree with you, it's so refreshing to try something new!

      Jloeding, thanks for your interest in my recipe! You're utterly right! Please let me know if you enjoyed the pork roast!

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      7 years ago from Lafayette, LA

      Do we HAVE to wait for Thanksgiving to try this? Sounds delicious, and I WILL be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow Bobri Dobri! You blew this out of the water! What a fantastic recipe Hub. The photos are gorgeous, and I think it's awesome when folks serve something other than turkey on Thanksgiving. Once some hosts of mine served steak with blue cheese on the holiday. I thought it was great- and refreshing to have something nontraditional!

    • Bobri Dobri profile imageAUTHOR

      Bobri Dobri 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Hi stephhicks68! Thanks for your support! I had doubts that pork recipe for Thanksgiving would sound like I enroach on the sacred thing..

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great tips and the garlic pressed into the pork roast sounds so delicious. Love the chart that you included to help people determine good vs. bad pork. I'd much rather have this recipe on Thanksgiving ;-)

    • Bobri Dobri profile imageAUTHOR

      Bobri Dobri 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks K9keystrokes! It also can be used for any other great day, not only Thanksgiving. Beauty if this recipe is very little hands-on time, which is sooo important when you cook big dinner!

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      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      I enjoyed the little joke at the end. Simple, and tender pork roast! Sounds like a nice change for those who are tired of turkey. Love that you added pictures to your easy directions!




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