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Mar 7, 2013 01:55 PM

Western pork ribs or what can two people make from a pork shoulder roast

I was looking at a recipe for western pork ribs and read that they are made from a pork shoulder roast. I have seen lots of recipes here on Chowhound for pulled pork, etc made from a pork shoulder roast, but I have yet to make anything as there is no way my wife and I could eat it all before getting tired of it.

So, my question is could I get a decent sized pork shoulder roast, and say, cut it in half to make the ribs from it for one meal, and then maybe freeze the rest to make some pulled pork a week later?

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    1. A good sized shoulder will give you enough for many other uses besides pulled pork. Shoulder is a pretty useful meat. You can grind some up for sausage or meatballs. You should be able to get a few pork steaks off a shoulder. And you can cut some country-style ribs for braising.

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      1. re: bagofwater

        And your butcher will cut it, grind it for free!

      2. I cook only for myself. When I buy a pork shoulder, I take it apart into some smaller roasts, thin cutlets, bite-size slices for stir-fries, and chunks for braising. I freeze these in separate packages, and make broth for pea/bean soup from the bone.

        1. Thanks. The shoulder roasts I see at my local HEB (Texas grocery chain) are boneless that I recall. But, I'll take a look this weekend...

          1. Can the whole roast be made into pulled pork and then frozen into separate serving sizes? With or without sauce?

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            1. re: THoey1963

              Certainly. In the sauce makes more sense as it somewhat protects the meat from freezer burn.

              1. re: THoey1963

                When I know I'm going to pull some and freeze some, I do not pull the portion I'm going to freeze. Freeze it in a big chunk. The less surface area the less it will dry out due to freezing. Sometimes I BBQ 2 or 3 butts and freeze them whole. Rarely do I sauce. When I do it's before I eat.