Jim got a smoker for Christmas, so right now he’s totally into smoked meat. I, on the other hand, am getting tired of it. Still, we’re having a New Year’s Eve dinner gathering of friends, so we decided to break out the smoker. I’m adapting a recipe I enjoy making either in the oven or on the grill to the smoker – Jim will smoke it low and slow for several hours. If you’d like to cook it in the oven, then I recommend roasting at 325 for about an hour per pound. For the brine:
- 8 quarts of cold water
- 1 cup sea salt
For the roast:
- 5-6 pound pork shoulder roast
- Salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
For the glaze
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 3 tablespoons whiskey
- Zest of one orange
- Juice from two oranges
- 1-2 tablespoons sriracha or to taste (red pepper flakes for paleo)
- Combine water, brown sugar, and salt in a cooler, mixing well.
- Add pork shoulder and allow roast to brine for about 5-6 hours.
- Remove roast from brine and rinse. Pat dry with paper towels.
- Season pork with salt and pepper. Smoke at about 225 degrees, one hour per pound.
- While roast smokes, combine syrup, soy sauce, whiskey, orange zest, orange juice, and sriracha in a small saucepan.
- Simmer the glaze until syrupy.
- Begin brushing glaze onto meat in about hour #3 of cooking, and brush glaze every 15 minutes.
- Cook meat to an internal temperature of 190 degrees.
- Remove from oven and allow to sit, tented with foil, for 30 minutes, before slicing.