Pork Essentials: Oven-Baked Yummy Pork Butt

Andy Anderson !


This is an excellent way to serve a nice pork butt. The overnight marinade gives the meat a distinctively spicy taste that only a long marinade can produce.

I slice this up and serve as a main dish with some potatoes or rice, and it’s an brilliant candidate for a nice comfy sandwich on a soft roll with some mayo, mustard, and a few pickles… So yummy.

Oh, and one piece of information: Pork butt does not come from the pigs rear end; it comes from the shoulder region.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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6 - 8
14 Hr
2 Hr 30 Min



  • 2 - 3 lb
    pork butt, bone in

  • 8 c
    water, filtered, if possible
  • 1/2 c
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1/2 c
    sugar, granulated variety
  • 3 clove
    garlic, smashed
  • 3 medium
    serrano chilies, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp
    black peppercorns, crushed

How to Make Pork Essentials: Oven-Baked Yummy Pork Butt


  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add all of the ingredients for the marinade to a large pot and bring up to a simmer.
  5. Chef’s Note: Allow the liquid to simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Chef’s Note: You are making a spicy tea marinade.
  7. Remove the pot from the heat, allow to completely cool, and then strain out the solids.
  8. Chef’s Tip: Why strain out the solids? Well, after 30 minutes of simmering the solids have given up everything they can. By straining them out, you save time trying to remove all the bits after marinating.
  9. Add the pork to a large bowl, or Ziploc bag, and pour in the marinade.
  10. Seal, and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 12 – 14 hours. If you can go 24 hours, please do so.
  11. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).
  12. Remove the pork from the marinade, pat dry with a few paper towels, and place in a baking pan fitted with a wire rack.
  13. Chef’s Note: Make sure the baking pan has sides to hold in all the drippings, or you’re going to have one messy oven to clean up.
  14. Place into the preheated oven and bake until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 175 (80c), about 2 – 2.5 hours.
  15. Remove from the oven, and allow the pork to rest for 20 minutes.
  17. Slice against the grain, and serve with some yummy mash potatoes, or rice.
  18. Put it on a nice soft bun with some mayo, mustard, and a few pickles. So yummy.
  19. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Pork Essentials: Oven-Baked Yummy Pork Butt

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #sandwich #Yummy

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