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Pasture Raised Heritage Pork Shoulder Recipe

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Fairy Gutmother, Carley Smith, is back with an all-time classic: pork shoulder roast. Carley kicks up the nutrition with pasture-raised, heritage pork, and free-range, slow-simmered chicken stock.  This fall-off-the-bone shredded pork can be used in a variety of recipes like tacos and soups and is perfect to prepare ahead and enjoy throughout the week.


Pasture Raised Heritage Pork Shoulder

Recipe & Photos by Carley Smith | Fairy Gutmother 

USWM Shopping List: Pork Shoulder Roast, Chicken Stock, Ghee


  • Pork Shoulder Roast – 3.5 lb. 
  • 3 Celery Stalks
  • 3 Whole Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock 
  • Filtered Water
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • Seasoning blend – (feel free to personalize your seasonings!) 
    • 1 Tbsp all-purpose seasoning
    • 1 Tbsp onion powder
    • 1 Tbsp paprika
    • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • ½ tsp black pepper


  1. Cut pork shoulder roast into 4 slices to make it easier to sear and to cook quicker.
  2. Season the pork slices with seasoning blend. Be sure to cover entire surface area.
  3. Melt ghee in a Dutch oven and sear pork slices on each side. Searing helps to add flavor. Add two slices at a time – a couple minutes on each side. Flip once the meat begins to pull away from the bottom of the pot. Set pork to the side. 
  4. Turn the stove top to low and add chicken bone broth to the pot.
  5. Line the bottom of the pot with half of the chopped vegetables: celery, carrots, onion, and apple.
  6. Atop the vegetables, add the pork back into the pot. 
  7. Top the pork with the remaining chopped vegetables, pushing the veggies in between the pieces of meat. Top with a few cloves of garlic. 
  8. Pour in extra water to coat the meat and veggies halfway.
  9. Top with sprigs of thyme.
  10. Bring the pot to a boil. Once it starts to boil, remove the pot from the stove and transfer to the oven at 325 for 2-4 hours. 
  11. Optional: prepare the potatoes! Carley incorporates her Oven-Roasted Smashed Potatoes, seen at 4:39.
  12. Back to the Dutch oven: when finished cooking, the veggies will be carmelized and the meat will be falling off the bone. Shred your pork, drizzle with barbecue sauce, and serve as you please—perhaps with the smashed potatoes!
  13. Enjoy throughout the week. Simple to throw in tacos, soup, and any other creations. 



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Carley Smith

Carley Smith, aka The Fairy Gutmother, is a Nutritional Therapist and Certified GAPS Practitioner with a passion for helping others improve their gut & immune health. Carley was diagnosed with Lyme disease and practiced the ancient art of healing through food. Please visit Carley’s Featured Chef page and Fairy Gutmother for more information.