Simple, affordable meal-prep protein. The keys are to use enough salt, and to brown the meat before serving.


  • 2-5 lb pork shoulder

  • 1 % salt, by weight

  • water


  • Cut pork into 1″ cubes, add to large pot with salt and enough water to not quite cover. Bring to slow simmer and allow to cook for 1.5-2 hr until water is completely evaporated.
  • If saving for later, remove from heat before meat browns. It can be crushed, shredded, chopped, or served as-is. If eating now (or when ready to re-heat), allow the pork to continue to brown in its rendered fat over medium-low heat.
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