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Author Notes: While this is certainly NOT traditional Chinese roast pork, it's roast pork and it features Asian ingredients to produce a lovely, succulent piece of meat with a great, distinctive flavor. Leftovers, should there be any, are great in fried rice or egg rolls or wrapped in pancakes as if it was muu shu pork. —Kayb
- 4lb pounds pork shoulder roast
- 3 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
- 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons peanut or canola or corn oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup Pad Thai sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce or tamari
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- Coat roast in a mixture of five-spice powder and black pepper and sear over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven; remove to plate.
- Lower heat to medium and cook onion until soft; add ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant. Return roast to Dutch oven and move to 300-degree oven.
- Combine remaining ingredients except for chicken stock and baste roast liberally. Cover again and roast for 3 hours total. Baste every 30 minutes or so, and add chicken broth to pan if it appears to be getting too dry.
- Remove roast from Dutch oven and transfer to rack in roasting pan. Increase heat to 350 and roast for another 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add water to pan juices and deglaze Dutch oven over medium high heat, reducing until thick. Serve sauce over chunks of roast pork.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Roasted Pork Shoulder