Meals at home don’t always have to be complicated, and sometimes I just have to be realistic and accept that pre-packaged/pre-prepped food can still be delicious. I found this brisket style pork should roast at Superstore and without really thinking about what the heck I was going to do with it, I purchased it. It sat in the fridge for a few days while I worked my way through the other meat I bought and I finally decided what to do with it.
I mostly followed the directions on the package. I pre-heated the oven to 350F, sliced 2 onions and placed them in the bottom of my cast iron dutch oven, sprinkled them with S&P and added about 1 cm of water to the pot. I laid the roast on top and slow-baked it for 1.5 hours with the lid on.
The directions said to crank up the oven to 500F and let the meat brown. At this point I added some leftover roasted potatoes from the night before to heat up. I was impatient and hungry and probably only cooked the meat at 500F for 10 minutes…
The pork roast was easy to slice. It was nicely cooked – tender and juicy. My only issue was that since it’s a pork shoulder roast it was pretty fatty. I will buy this meat again (I think Superstore also had a Greek seasoned one?) and will probably braise it for 3 hours at 325F instead of 1.5 at 350F. I’d like to see some of the fat better rendered.
I had pulled some buns out of the freezer that I got from Costco (these buns are awesome to keep in the freezer for sandwiches or garlic bread, and since they’re pretty dense they don’t seem to freezer burn as quickly as others). I spread one side of the bun with a roasted garlic aioli I had in the fridge (yum!!) and I intended to butter the other side but the butter dish was empty (thanks Jay!). I laid the sliced meat on one side of the bun, laid Cracker Barrel pre-sliced cheddar cheese on top and put it all in the oven on broil. To serve, I added some spring mix lettuce (would have preferred arugula) and served the sandwich with the heated roasted potatoes and au jus for dipping. I made the au jus using the onions and drippings from the roast and a package of Club House au jus mix. Jay thought the au jus tasted like french onion soup and didn’t leave a drop in his bowl!
This chunk of meat was an experiment that turned out well. I’d recommend giving it a shot if you see them at Superstore. $10 for 4 sandwiches worth was pretty cost effective and it was definitely tasty!