Simple Maple Pork Shoulder

Serves 6

3-4 pounds pork shoulder

1 tablespoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided

3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

6 ounces, fruity ale

Local ingredients: pork, maple syrup, fruity ale

The day before you plan to cook the pork, rub with kosher salt and refrigerate. If you plan to cook the same day, go ahead and salt it and leave on the counter for up to two hours prior to cooking.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, black pepper and cayenne. Rub on the pork shoulder and place in hot oven. Cook uncovered for 1 hour.

Pour ale over roast and cover with foil. Continue cooking. Baste with liquid in the bottom of the pan every two hours. Cooking should take about 4-5 hours depending on your oven and pork shoulder. You want it fork tender.

Turn oven to broil. Rub pork with remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Broil until the exterior is dark and crispy.