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Pork Agrodolce

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"Agrodolce, a generic Italian term for any type of sweet and sour condiment, really shines when used for braising chunks of succulent pork shoulder. This soul-warming comfort food is amazing served on rice, pasta, polenta, or, as seen here, a big pile of ricotta mashed potatoes. I'm not sure if Italians barbecue like we do here in the States, but the sauce very much reminded me of something we'd brush on a rack of ribs while sipping a cold beer."
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2 h 45 m servings 199
Original recipe yields 12 servings (3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Brush a baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Whisk tomato paste, vinegar, honey, mashed anchovy, green onions, garlic, rosemary, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper together in a large bowl to make the agrodolce.
  3. Cut pork shoulder into roughly 3-inch pieces. Add to the bowl of agrodolce and mix by hand until coated. Transfer pork and sauce to the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, flipping pieces over halfway through, until pork is very tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Add a splash of water if pork appears too dry. Skim off fat as desired.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • It's hard to skim rendered fat while it's still in the baking dish, so I usually remove the meat, and pour the sauce into a measuring cup or small saucepan. That way, we have much less surface area, and it'll be way easier to spoon off the top. Or you can make this ahead of time, chill overnight, and remove the hardened fat.
  • To make the agrodolce even more like barbecue sauce, add a little touch of smokiness, such as smoked paprika.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 199 calories; 12.9 6.5 13.8 52 555 Full nutrition

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Made it exactly as the recipe and it came out wonderfully. Will definitely make it again.

Delicious. Easy to make and the smell in the house while the pork cooks was so mouthwatering. The smokiness was intoxicating, the sweet salty tastes were well flushed. I served it on polenta an...

Yummy! I made it just as he directed, loved it! The next day I chopped up the leftovers, added some frozen corn, and put sweet cornbread batter on top and baked it until the cornbread was cook...

I cooked pork tenderloin in the slow cooker and prepared the sauce separately. It came out very nicely. The sauce was fantastic. Nice work, Chef John!

Amazing dish, the pork super tender and flavorful. It was a hit with my family and will definitely make again

easy to make lots of flavor

Amazing flavour and oh so moist...

No changes made to the recipe. This was legitimately one of the tastiest pork dishes I have ever eaten or made.

Made it for dinner last night and my wife and I both enjoyed it. Definitely a unique taste considering the blend of seasonings and additives. Served it over Ricotta - Parmesan Mashed potatoes,...