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Honey-Glazed Pork Shoulder with Braised Leeks

At 5 Ninth, Zak Pelaccio makes this dish with suckling pig, not pork shoulder, but "basically," he says, "pig with honey is a combination of flavors that I enjoy."

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  • Servings: 8

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  • One 4-pound boneless pork shoulder with skin
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 very large leeks (3 pounds), white and tender green parts coarsely chopped and dark greens cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 5 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 dried red chiles
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons black rice vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°. Score the pork skin in a crosshatch pattern. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season the pork with salt and pepper and brown over moderately high heat, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add the chopped leeks, shallots, garlic and chiles, cover and cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Return the pork to the skillet. Add 2 cups of the stock and bring to a boil. Pour the soy sauce over the pork and cover with foil. Roast in the oven, basting occasionally, for about 4 hours, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 190°.
  3. Increase the oven temperature to 400°. Uncover the meat and brush it with 6 tablespoons of the honey. Roast for 15 minutes, or until glossy. Transfer to a rack set over a plate and brush with the remaining 6 tablespoons of honey.
  4. Blanch the leek greens in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. In a large skillet, simmer the remaining 1/4 cup of stock, the wine and miso for 3 minutes. Add the leek greens and cook over moderate heat for 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Strain the pork juices into a small saucepan and skim. Add the rice vinegar and boil until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 5 minutes. Slice the pork and serve with the leeks and pan sauce.

Suggested Pairing

A fruity-tart Pinot Noir from Napa will match the sweet and tart flavors here.

Contributed By Photo © Maura McEvoy Published September 2004

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