Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder

Or as I like to call it, “The Engagement Pork” 💍😉 I made this 3x in the month prior to getting engaged, including THE NIGHT BEFORE!! Coincidence? I think not. Should I start a category called “Meals That Will Get You Engaged”?!? Will have to confirm with my husband about whether this is what sealed the deal!

1 (3 lb) pork shoulder, cut into 3 or 4 inch chunks.
salt to generously season pork     
2 tbsp olive oil                        
1 bottle hard apple cider
1 large onion, chopped          
2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper     
½ cup fresh sage leaves, torn        
2 cloves chopped, garlic
fresh chives for garnish


Generously salt pork pieces.  Heat oil in pot over high heat and brown pork shoulder pieces until surface is seared and crusty. Transfer browned pork to a plate. Add onions to oil and reduce heat to medium and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir about 2 minutes. Add torn sage leaves and garlic and cook until onions soften and begin to brown, stirring frequently. Pour cider into pot and stir to deglaze bottom. Raise heat to high and bring to boil. Stir in cider vinegar. Reduce heat to low.
Transfer pork shoulder pieces to cider mixture. Cover and simmer gently on low for one hour.  Remove lid and turn pieces over. Cover and simmer on low until meat is fork tender (1-2 more hours).

Serve and ENJOY!! 💖

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