Whether you want soup, casserole, or a simple pork roast, you’ve got all these 42 delectable pork butt recipes to get you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Pork is a common meat that we cook, but did you know there might be a part of it that you may not be using that much?
This means missed opportunities to create dishes that are unique and delectable!
Pork butt, also known and interchangeably called Boston butt or pork shoulder, is a fatty part with a lot of connective tissue.
Because of the fat and tissues in this part of the pork, the pork butt is best cooked low and slow.
With the right amount of time of cooking and heat, pork butt can turn into a melt-in-your-mouth dish!
Many may not be familiar with pork butt, but these simple and delicious pork butt recipes can help you come up with some new and creative dishes that leave a great impression.
If you want to dive into these pork butt dishes, then make sure you have a lot of time on your hands to prepare or cook.
A little effort and dedication to cooking these recipes will reward you with the best meals you will ever try.
For classic and simple dishes, try the Boston Butt Pork Roast and Pork Butt Burnt Ends.
If you want something unique and creative, then don’t skip #26!
The pork butt works well with this recipe because it stays juicy and tender, unlike other pork parts.
If you enjoy umami goodness with a hint of sweetness, this recipe is a must-try!
It successfully blends that umami flavor with the sweetness of the caramelized brown sugar.
Pro tip: Don’t cover the pan when cooking the pork in water to ensure the sauce thickens.
When the pork is tender and so soft that it falls apart, you know you’re in for a treat.
This recipe renders pork butt so soft and tender that you don’t need even a little struggle to pull it apart.
You simply have to rub a dry marinade on the pork butt and cook it slowly and low for around 6 to 8 hours.
This is one of the simplest dishes you can make with a pork butt, but the flavor is definitely extraordinary.
Carnitas is a Mexican classic that’s bound to impress.
This dish is an ideal filling for tacos and burritos, but it’s already flavorful and iconic on its own.
The most important step in this recipe is broiling because it will be what makes the carnitas juicy enough without being too sloppy.
Mississippi Pot Roast is a classic that has existed for more than 2 decades.
What makes this recipe special is that it’s done in an Instant Pot which makes everything much easier.
Despite being cooked for only two hours, the meat still turns out tender and soft.
Burnt ends are a famous and classic appetizer.
This recipe gives it a twist using the fatty pork butt.
This dish’s sweet and smoky notes are vivid and scrumptious, but one flavor does not overpower the other.
Pulled pork butt or shoulder, corn, sweet tomatoes, and green chiles are all the basic ingredients you need to whip up this delicious salsa-style soup.
The spices help a lot in bringing out the flavors of the basic ingredients.
If you want a hearty and flavorful dish, look no further.
Pro tip: If you want to taste more kick out of this soup, you can always add more Cajun seasoning.
For a more Asian flavor for your pork butt, this recipe will do the trick.
The amazing thing about this recipe is that it’s the kind you can make when you don’t feel like putting in much effort.
Despite the lack of effort you put into this dish, it will still come out beautifully and enjoyable.
If you consider your slow cooker your cooking best friend, this dish is a must-try.
This dish is so simple and something that you might not expect to make with your slow cooker.
However, this will prove to you that even dump-and-go recipes can taste surprisingly irresistible.
The garlicky and citrusy flavors come together so flawlessly that it’s hard not to get a second round of this dish.
Why go with a simple pork roast if you can throw in some apples and onions to upgrade the taste?
The pecan wild rice is the perfect complement to the tender pork roast.
Going simple with your pork butt is possible with this Grilled Pork Butt recipe.
Pro tip: Turn off your middle burner to ensure that your meat doesn’t burn.
This recipe may require a lot of effort from you, but the burst of flavor is definitely worth the wait and energy.
The trick to adding more flavor to this dish is adding and browning the tomato paste.
Pro tip: Leave the bone in if there’s any because it adds texture to the final product.
Add a layer of sharpness to your classic pork butt roast with some mushroom gravy on top.
Make sure you spread your spices well to really bring out all the flavors.
14. Autumn Pork Stew
Here’s another hearty soup to keep you warm.
If you prefer soup with lots of produce in it, from potatoes to apples, then this dish is the perfect fit for you.
All the ingredients used in this recipe are easy to find, and they surprisingly complement each other flawlessly.
15. Cochon De Lait
Hailing from Louisiana, this Cochon De Lait is a traditional dish for big events.
Since cajun is the star of this dish, expect it to turn out spicy with a hint of earthiness.
16. Pork Menudo
Pork Menudo is a Filipino tomato-based stew that uses pork.
This recipe uses a tender and soft pork butt, bringing a beautiful texture to the stew.
17. Brunswick Stew
Here’s another stew on this list: a staple Southern dish.
Unlike common stews you can make from pork butt, this one has a richer and smoky flavor that any barbecue lover will enjoy.
This is also an exceptional leftover pork butt dish idea.
Pork butt might make you feel limited at first, but this recipe does a good job of turning pork butt into a unique dish.
This recipe uses coconut water which is different from coconut milk, but either of the two actually works well with the recipe.
20. Pork Ragu
Ragu is an Italian sauce that’s meat-based and usually served with pasta.
This is an interesting–creamy and tender–take on the Italian staple.
It’s not a common dish for pork butt, but it’s one you won’t mind making again and again.
21. Korean Bulgogi
The key to cooking this dish properly is making sure that you cut your pork butt thinly; otherwise, it will not cook well.
Don’t rush on marinating the meat because the longer you marinate, the more flavorful it will come out–and this dish really stands out because of its marinade.
One bite of this dish will make you feel like you’re being transported to Hawaii.
The pineapple slaw in this recipe is the real deal, so even if it’s just something you put over the dish, don’t skip it!
Bring more life to your pulled pork by turning it into this Pulled Pork Banh Mi recipe.
Banh Mi is a wheat bread baguette from Vietnam which is crispier than your French baguettes.
The pickled vegetables really even out the taste to ensure that no ingredient overpowers the others.
You’ve heard of jerked chicken, but there’s also Jerked Smoked Pork, and it’s as good as any Caribbean dish gets.
This has a spicy kick to it because of the seasoning, so expect some appetizing heat!
Pork butt is a great option if you want to make something for big groups.
This Boston Butt Bites recipe is the ideal recipe to whip up if you want to have a large serving with minimal effort.
The good thing about this party food is it’s laden with a combination of sweet and smoky flavors.
This dish comes out super tender that’s perfect for slicing because of the slow and low nature of its cooking.
Since this is cooked low, make sure to avoid making any heat escape your oven.
Unique and tasty are two words that perfectly describe this dish.
Aside from the usual smoky taste of pork butt or shoulder when cooked, this recipe adds some subtle sweet and salty tones to the dish.
You can turn your pulled pork butt into a casserole dish with this stunning recipe.
This is the ideal dish for large groups, especially if you have a lot of leftover pulled pork and want to whip something quick and easy.
This hearty dish is great for dinner parties.
For the pineapple lovers out there, these sandwiches are like something straight out of paradise.
The sweetness of the pineapples is a great addition to the juicy and smoky pork butt.
Who knew pork butt or shoulder could bring out so much flavor with little herbs and spices?
This casserole is a filling dish that’s bursting with flavor.
One bite is like a party in your mouth.
34. Smothered Pork
Here’s a simple recipe for your pork butt that has just the right amount of spice.
If you want to come up with an easy dish that isn’t as time-consuming as the other recipes, go with this one.
Pro tip: Don’t restrict yourself from the sauce–it’s what adds personality to the dish
Who knew you could make ramen from pork butt?
The rich broth in this recipe helps bring out the blend of sweet and savory flavor from the pork.
Because this is a flexible dish, it’s alright to go a little crazy on the toppings!
36. Pork Butt Steak
Pork butt or Boston butt is the ideal cut for pork steaks.
The butter and honey incorporated in this dish help tenderize and add flavor to the pork butt.
Pulled pork doesn’t always have to only be smoky.
It can be creamy, too.
This recipe is a great way to make more of your simple pulled pork.
Pulled pork is already delicious on its own, but putting a twist to it like this allows you to enjoy it more.
Smoky, sweet, and savory–it’s all here!
The dry rub is what helps make the pulled pork become packed with flavor, so remember to be generous with it.
39. Pork & Beans
Pork & Beans is a spectacular soup you can serve during the colder months, but that shouldn’t stop you from making it any other time of the year.
This soup is hearty and filling–perfect for big families or large gatherings.
Feel free to experiment with the kind of beans you use until you find a flavor that suits your tastes.
A jar of jalapeños and a bottle of maple syrup can make all the difference to your tacos!
The juices of the pork butt combine impeccably with the ingredients above to create the right mix of sweet and spicy tastes.
For a milky and creamy variety, this recipe does a great job of combining the savory and umami notes of the braised pork butt with the rich and smooth texture of cream and milk.
It also doesn’t hurt that all the ingredients needed are easy to find (they are probably already in your pantry!), so this can be a go-to dish for you.
42. Fried Pork Butt
Braised, grilled, and slow-cooked is the usual way to go when it comes to pork butt, so it doesn’t come across many people fry it.
However, this recipe can render some sticky, moist, and delectable pork butt.
Pro tip: Use a meat mallet to pound the pork; otherwise, the pork butt will not tenderize enough.
Sure, pork butt is an unusual cut of pork, but it’s one that can give you so many delicious and unique dishes.
Don’t be scared to try pork butt more frequently.
These pork butt recipes are enough to guide you in cooking this fatty and juicy cut.
Whether you want soup, casserole, or a simple pork roast, you’ve got all these ideas to get you through breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even big parties!
- Sweet Caramelized Pork With Rice
- Boston Butt Pork Roast
- Crockpot Carnitas
- Instant Pot Mississippi Pork
- Chili Verde
- Pork Butt Burnt Ends
- Smoked Pork Soup
- Asian Shredded Pork
- Cuban Mojo Pork
- Pork Roast With Apples & Onions
- Grilled Pork Butt
- Braised Pork Shoulder
- Pork Butt Roast With Mushroom Gravy
- Autumn Pork Stew
- Cochon De Lait
- Pork Menudo
- Brunswick Stew
- Pork Tinga
- Vietnamese Caramel Pork
- Pork Ragu
- Korean Bulgogi
- Tacos Al Pastor
- Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas
- Pulled Pork Banh Mi
- Jerked Smoked Pork
- Pozole Rojo
- Boston Butt Bites
- Sous Vide Pork Butt
- Mustard Glazed Pork Roast
- Whiskey Brined Pork Shoulder
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas
- Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches
- Casserole Roasted Pork Shoulder
- Smothered Pork
- Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen
- Pork Butt Steak
- Creamy Pulled Pork
- Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork
- Pork & Beans
- Maple Jalapeño Pork Tacos
- Milk Braised Pork
- Fried Pork Butt
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