It is one of the cheapest cuts of meat you can buy. For years I didn't know who, why or how you would cook pork shoulder to make it tasty and delicious. It was one of those cuts of meat I'd look at and think- I must buy it one day and work it out. Well work it out I did and it only happened in need and necessity. We were a young family living on a single student stipend in the USA with a new bouncing boy to contend with and meat wasn't exactly on the budget. Our weekly meals consisted of cauliflower, potatoes and pasta......LOTS of pasta but that is a whole other story.
Americans have 100 and one fantastic ways to cook 'budget' cuts of meat and they do a mighty fine job. I was really looking forward to cooking pulled pork in my slow cooker because I knew it was made for this- lots of cooking in liquid on a very gentle heat. The results, a succulent piece of meat that melts in your mouth, and when cooking it with sweet barbecue flavours it is heavenly, especially when slapped between a big soft bun slathered in butter and served with the classic -coleslaw.
I also love this cut of meat when used to feed a hoard of people meaning a little goes a long way!
If any of this sounds tempting then check out my recipe on kidspot and make the decision for yourself.