Nice Butt! 15 delectable ways to prepare a pork roast

Nice Butt! 15 ways to prepare a pork roast

First, let's dispel any notion that this is from the rear end of the pig! The "butt" is the actually the shoulder. Where did it get its name? During colonial days, butchers often packed the less-prized cuts of pork into barrels for storage and transport, and those barrels were called "butts". This cut became known around the country as a New England specialty, and so you may also hear this cut referred to as a "Boston Butt."

Pork may be called "the other white meat", but not the pork butt! Although relatively inexpensive, this cut is also extremely tasty and versatile! Here are 15 delectable ways to prepare it:

1. Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder

Four ingredients, unlimited deliciousness.

2. Carnitas Tacos

Carnitas, oh you delectable little chunks of partly crispy, mostly melt-in-your-mouth tender pork. Here’s the perfect carnitas recipe that you can pass on to your loved ones and feel good about it. It won't let you down!

3. Braised Hawaiian Pork Shoulder

Bursting with luau-worthy flavor from Hawaiian sea salt, cracked pepper and pineapple juice, this pork is here to party!

4. Roast Pork Butt With Salsa Verde

This dish defines the phrase “worth the wait.” The cooking method here is low and slow, with a well-seasoned pork butt roasted for 9 to 10 hours. It makes for a perfect big Sunday feast.

5. Crispy Salt and Pepper Pork

Don’t want to wait? This recipe from Melissa Clark’s book, “Dinner: Changing the Game” delivers crispy, delicious pork shoulder in minutes.

6. Simple Smoked Pork Butt

This simple recipe requires just a few pantry ingredients and a smoker to achieve melt-in-your-mouth strands of tender pulled pork.

7. Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

A brilliant way to use leftover pulled pork, these yummy rolls are stuffed with tangy, fresh cabbage slaw. Bake them OR fry them, serve as a main dish, game day snack or party appetizer.

8. Slow-Cooker Asian Pork With Noodles and Broccoli

Fresh flavors of ginger and garlic brew and stew with the pork, and tender-crisp broccoli and noodles round it out for a hearty, healthy meal.

9. Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Chili

This pulled pork twist on classic chili is a winner every time.

10. Pulled Pork BBQ Pizza

This tangy Memphis BBQ pulled pork pizza is the perfect snack for your next party: one pork shoulder makes enough toppings for four 11-inch pizzas … Or make one pizza and save the leftover pulled pork for sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas or egg rolls!

11. Pasta With Slow-Cooker Pork Ragù

Make your own meat sauce! Here’s a hearty dish that beats the jar every time.

12. Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

This butt is roasted in boozy juices to add next-level flavor and tenderness.

13. Sichuan Noodle and Pork Shoulder Soup

Chengdu noodle shop owner Ma Yingjun shared his recipe for this dish of stewed pork over noodles.

14. Oven Roasted Pork Butt with Garlic, Sage and Mustard

The smell is intoxicating, and the taste, well ... even better! This roast is succulent and juicy, and the garlic, sage, salt and mustard combine to create an out-of-this-world crust.

15. Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

The sweet and tangy soy-and-vinegar flavor profile might make this your go-to pork shoulder recipe! Serve it Southern-style over grits or sandwiched between buns (and ladle on plenty of sauce!).