Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder & 2015 Sonoma Valley ‘Estate Old Vine’ Syrah


1 boneless, skinless pork shoulder, boston butt about 6 lbs

20 cloves garlic

½ cup olive oil, divided

2 tsp cumin

2 Tbsp salt

1 Tbsp black pepper

3 Tbsp oregano leaves

½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice

¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1 serrano, seeded, and diced

¼ cup freshly chopped fresh cilantro


Dry pork shoulder with a paper towel and make 1” incisions with a knife all over. Pulse garlic, ¼ cup oil, cumin, salt, pepper, and oregano in a food processor until a paste is formed. Remove 2 tablespoons of the paste and set aside. Rub pork shoulder all over with remaining paste, pushing some of it into the incisions. Place pork in slow cooker, cover, and cook on low until meat is fork-tender but not yet completely falling apart, 7 ½ to 8 hours.

To make the sauce, heat remaining ¼ cup oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add reserved 2 tablespoons garlic paste and let sizzle, stirring continuously until fragrant, just about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool before whisking in orange juice, lime juice, serrano, and cilantro.

Serve sliced pork with crispy roast potatoes and drizzled sauce on top.

2015 Sonoma Valley ‘Estate Old Vine’ Syrah