Slow-Roasted New England Pork Shoulder with Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde

Adapted from Chef Matt Jennings, Farmstead, Providence, RI.;


1 5 to 6-pound boneless Boston butt pork shoulder (untied and trimmed of excess fat)
Pork Rub
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup white wine
2 Spanish onions, peeled and quartered
5 or 6 ribs freshly picked rhubarb, roughly chopped
10 sprigs parsley
10 sprigs thyme
10 sprigs rosemary
Green Garlic and Rhubarb
Salsa Verde


Heat oven to 275°. In a large bowl, using your hands, rub pork butt with Pork Rub sauce–all over and into every crevice, concentrating on the open (boned) section. Season meat with salt and pepper.

Pour wine into a large heavy roasting pan. (The pork must not be taller than the pan.) Scatter onions, rhubarb, and herbs in the pan. Place pork fat side up, directly on top of vegetables. Seal pan securely with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Roast in middle of oven 4 to 6 hours.

Remove from oven and let cool about 30 minutes. Gently remove foil, then plastic wrap. (Be careful of escaping steam.) Remove pork from pan and let rest on a cutting board. Discard vegetables and tent pork with foil. Pork should pull from the bone and fall apart easily. With tongs, pull shreds apart into chunks to serve. Top with Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde.

Pork Rub


1 cup sherry vinegar
1/2 cup garlic cloves (about 8)
2 cups whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1-1/2 lemons)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree, for a thick rub.

Green Garlic and Rhubarb Salsa Verde


2 bunches green garlic or scallions (white parts only), finely chopped
4 ribs freshly picked rhubarb, greens removed, finely chopped
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons roughly chopped capers (with about 1/4 teaspoon liquid)
1/2 cup roughly chopped cornichons (with about 1 teaspoon juice)
1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, cook garlic and rhubarb in olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Raise the heat and add capers and liquid, cornichons and juice, parsley, onion, and lemon juice, scraping the pan to release any browned bits. Add stock and simmer about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cooking & Recipes


8-10 servings

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

30 minutes

Preparation Method

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