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Balsamic and Rosemary Braised Pork Shoulder

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This hearty and flavorful yet cozy meal is sure you warm you up and fill your tummy.  Balsamic and rosemary braised pork butt could be a new favorite dinner!

mashed potatoes topped with balsamic rosemary pulled pork and a side of peas

Talk about a versatile meal. This pork is so full of flavor. It takes a while to make, but very little active time and the results are so worth it.

It makes a perfect comfort food meal, but the flavors are sophisticated enough to make it company worthy as well. Serve it over mashed potatoes, egg noodles or rice for a delicious dinner.

If now isn’t the time for a little extra comfort food, I don’t know when is! This takes comfy cozy yummy food to the next level.

It will make the house smell amazing while it cooks.  It will fill your belly.  It will make you feel warm and cozy from the inside out!

dutch oven with browned pork shoulder in it, ready to braise

If you have a pork shoulder on hand, make sure you get this on your menu.  Pork butt just begs to be braised and this is a flavorful and fragrant way to do it.

Usually I braise it for carnitas or pulled pork, but this time I had a little something different in mind.  I braised it in balsamic with some honey to balance out the vinegar.

Throw in some bay leaves, rosemary and enough water to give plenty of braising liquid and you are in business.

braised pork but in dutch oven, ready to pull

See, you take it out of the oven and the meat falls right off the bone!  I poured off the fat, thickened up the braising liquid a bit and added the meat back.

It was perfect served over mashed potatoes, but would also be great with rice or pasta.  A quick veggie and dinner is served!

braised pork on mashed potatoes with green beans

If you like fun pulled pork variations, you may want to try apple cider pulled pork. It is a great slow cooker recipe that has a wonderful flavor profile of mustard and cider.

For a brighter variation, you may like Pacific pineapple pulled pork. It has flavors inspired by the islands like ginger, soy and of course pineapple!

If you aren’t so sure about the fruit in your pork, try hula pulled pork. It has a fun sauce made of sriracha, ginger and soy sauce.

With all of these great options, it is hard to know what to make first. Since you are here on the balsamic and rosemary, I’d go ahead and pick that on today. But be sure to put the others on your must make list as well!

I have a whole post devoted to making indoor pulled pork fabulous. Check out all the delicious slow cooker, oven and instant pot recipes and let me know your favorites!


Balsamic & Rosemary Braised Pork Shoulder

This hearty and flavorful yet cozy meal is sure you warm you up and fill your tummy.  Balsamic and rosemary braised pork butt could be a new favorite dinner!
4.91 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course Dinners
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 378 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3-4 pounds pork shoulder/butt
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup honey
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch


  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • In a large dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over pork and brown pork on each side.
  • Remove from heat. Pour vinegar and honey over pork. Add rosemary and bay leaves. Add 4 cups of water. Cover with lid and place in oven.
  • Braise for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove meat from braising liquid. If desired, skim the fat off the liquid.
  • Over low heat, simmer liquid adding a slurry of a couple of tablespoons of water and corn starch. Bring to a simmer.
  • Cut meat into chunks, removing any remaining chunks of fat and heat until warm.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 26gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 98mgSugar: 7g
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This hearty and flavorful yet cozy meal is sure you warm you up and fill your tummy.  Balsamic and rosemary braised pork butt could be a new favorite dinner!

Thanks for sharing!

Recipe Rating

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

What a delicious and different twist! When I can have a "normal" shopping trip, I'm going to have this on the list to try!


Friday 24th of April 2020

Cooking is extra challenging right now, isn't it? This will be a perfect comfort food to try when things start opening back up.

The Old Fat Guy

Saturday 16th of January 2016

I love rosemary and pork. This looks great.

The Old Fat Guy

Sunday 17th of January 2016

You are lucky. Rosemary really hates the cold winters up here even if I bring it in.


Sunday 17th of January 2016

Thank you! Me too and luckily rosemary is hearty enough to stay alive in a pot on my back porch throughout the winter. It usually doesn't look great come spring, but it green up once it is warm out and it gets to go back outside!

A Kansas Farm Mom

Monday 2nd of November 2015

I selected this as one of my featured posts in this month's Country Fair Blog Party! Head on over and check it out!


Monday 2nd of November 2015

Thank you so much!


Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

This sounds really delish! Pinning, I love rosemary and Balsamic so this is the perfect recipe! Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 24th of September 2015

We thought it was really good! It is fun to start having some fall favorites creeping back onto the menu. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

I love the tang of balsamic vinegar and it helps to cut through the richness of the pork! I can't wait to make this and use the leftovers for a great breakfast scramble. If there are any! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays!


Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

Oh my goodness, that would be delicious! I sauteed some onions and mushrooms with our leftovers and served it with pasta! YUMMMM! Thanks so much for hosting and for stopping by.