The Five Dollar Roast that Tastes like a Million

February 2, 2023

I spotted a 4 pound blade cut pork roast in my local supermarket on sale for five dollars! I checked the expiration date and it was fine. It looked nice and meaty and had a nice top layer of fat. This cut is good for slow braising so I bought it.

At home I whipped out oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, fresh thyme, pancetta, onions and olive oil and apple cider.

In a bowl I made a rub of the oregano, salt, pepper and garlic powder and rubbed it all over the roast.

In a heavy duty pan, I swirled a couple tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat and browned the roast on all sides.

I set the roast aside and added to the drippings in the pan, diced pancetta and 1 onion, cut in chunks and let that go until the pancetta started to brown before returning the roast to the pan.

Raising the heat, I added 2/3 cup apple cider, NOT vinegar but apple cider, the thyme and turned off the heat.

I basted the roast with a balsamic glaze, covered it and popped it into a 325F oven for 2-1/2 hours until it was fork tender.

It was succulent with rich velvety taste and so tender that it literally fell apart. It served 4 people with leftovers! Such a deal!

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