For Easter I'm planning on making a pork shoulder; hoping to get one around 8-10 pounds (will call my butcher about that--also, does that sound like a good size for 16 people, considering there will be lamb, ziti, etc?). I've made pernil several times (not for Easter), but this year I want to make one Italian style... any thoughts on this recipe? It's for a 4-6 pound pork shoulder, but I'm planning on getting one almost twice as large--does a 6 hour cooking time sound about right?
Here's my dilemna--I've only ever made pork shoulder when I've consumed it right afterwards. The dinner is at my mother's house, about 40 minutes away. My plan is to get the thing in the oven at 5:00am, cook for roughly 6 hours, and pull it out at 11:00. I want to leave my house by 11:30.
We have a traditional Italian meal starting with antipasti, then pasta and finally the meat. Everyone's coming at 1, so I doubt we'll even get to the meat until about 3.
How do I keep the pork moist and delicious from 11-3? I'm planning on gently reheating it in the oven tented with foil at about 300, does that sound right?. I'm assuming I should leave the pork whole (as opposed to cutting it up at my house) until I get to my mother's house, right? Should I cut it before or after I reheat? I'm thinking it might be easier to reheat it while it's whole, that way I can crank up the heat for a few minutes to get the skin crispy. If I do it this way, I would do the opposite of the recipe I posted and cook it on 275 the whole time at my house, then reheat it at my mom's, removing the foil at the end and cranking up the heat to 475 to crisp the skin--does that sound like a good plan?
Any suggestions, thoughts? thanks