Pork Butt: How Sweet It Is!

Boston butt or pork butt is the American name for a cut of pork from the upper part of the front leg shoulder, and may contain the blade bone. Boston butt is the most common cut used for pulled pork.  Source: Wikipedia.org

Okay…I admit that I never was much of a pork fan –  but before you gasp in horror, let me explain! When I was growing up, we were served pork chops that were thrown on a dry frying pan for probably twenty-five minutes per side. I honestly think shoe leather would have been easier to eat. It’s one food memory I simply cannot forget.

That was then. Now I have CVap® technology (Controlled Vapor Technology) on my side, and I’ll never have to eat a dried-out, chewy piece of pork again.

So let’s get down to business! I wanted to create a tender, moist, sweet pork that I could shred for quesadillas.Quesadilla Pork with rice

I made a small roast to feed a few people. If you are feeding the masses, simply increase portion sizes and start with a larger roast. I used pre-packaged ingredients for convenience, but you can experiment with your own flavor combinations. I have two hungry boys at home (one of whom eats so fast I wonder if he can taste his food!). They both loved this recipe.


  • Pork Butt Roast (approximately 3 – 3.5 lbs.)
  • 1 Old El Paso Sauce Packet (Roasted Garlic)
  • 1 Cup A&W Root Beer
  • 6 oz. Tomato Paste
  • ½ Cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Light Brown Sugar


Place pork in steam table pan.Raw Pork Butt in Pan

Mix all the ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour over pork.Marinating Pork Butt

Put pork into the CVap oven, push start, and walk away.

CVap CAC Cook & Hold Oven Settings:

Constant Cook:        ON
Doneness:                 175°F
Browning:                  4
Time:                           6:30

At this setting the oven will hold at 150°F when the cook cycle is complete.Cooked Pork Butt

Following the cook cycle, I usually shred the pork and put it back into the oven for approximately 1.5 hours before serving.Shredded Butt

It always turns out great! Sweet flavor all the way through, and perfect texture.

Shredded Pork ButtAccompany the pork with some black beans and cilantro lime rice, and the family is well on the way to having full and happy bellies. If you’re not a fan of pork butt, this recipe will make you a believer!

Pork Burrito with RiceTry it, and let us know what you think!