Korean-Inspired Pork Shoulder
February 2, 2015—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Our product development team (our buyers) eat in lots of restaurants. They have to, really. After all, when your job is developing delicious new products for Trader Joe's, you really do have to try as much interesting food as you can find. Sometimes they come up with intriguing ideas while sitting in local eateries, and sometimes they travel to exotic, far-flung islands like… Manhattan. That's where they first tasted the dish that would become Trader Joe's Korean-Inspired Pork Shoulder.
Modeled very closely on a Korean dish called Bossam, our Korean-Inspired Pork Shoulder begins as a simple cut of meat, and over the course of many hours, transforms into something fork tender and mouthwateringly delicious. The meat is well-trimmed and seasoned in a marinade of dark brown sugar, green onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper paste. It's cooked sous vide (French, "under vacuum"), along with the marinade, at low temperature for an extended period of time. Cooking like this seals in the flavors and ensures tender results every time. When you get it home, you just heat it (in the microwave or conventional oven) and enjoy.
In Korea, Bossam (literally translated to "packaged"), is typically served sliced, wrapped in cabbage leaves. Ours is delicious like that, and we also like it wrapped in lettuce leaves or even tortillas. If you're not in a wrapping mood, serve it over rice with stir-fried veggies. Simple. And delicious. We're selling Korean-Inspired Pork Shoulder in random weight packages (of about a pound) for $5.99 a pound, every day. You'll find it in our refrigerated case.