Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork

I was recently tagged in a debate on Twitter, where some of the people objected to having to scroll down a post to get to the recipe, because they didn’t like scrolling. (Which was odd, since unless I’m doing it wrong, don’t you need to scroll to use Twitter?) The discussion also tapped into a few people’s dislike of a longer headnote before a recipe in cookbook. Personally I don’t find it all that much trouble to avert my eyes down when reading a book. Nonetheless, I’m going to get right to this Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork recipe.

I tend not to pay all that much attention to search-engine “best practices” – if I did, I wouldn’t have recipes for things like Plum Kernel Ice Cream, wine made with peach leaves, and a rather obscure French recipe for crumbled buckwheat dumplings, since I’m pretty sure that none of those types of recipes rank in the top few hundreds of thousands of recipes that people are searching for. But the SEO (search engine) experts say you should always mention the recipe as much as you can in your post, in this case, a Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork recipe, in order for it to have “juice.” So I’ll get right to explaining how I made this Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork recipe, for those who like Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork, and for those who don’t know if they like Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork but think they might. Here’s a recipe for Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork, aka #slowcooked #pork #chipotle

You will have to indulge me by scrolling through a few pictures here and there. The one showing the Pickled Red Onions that I made (above), to go with the Slow-Roasted Chipotle Pork recipe, was so bright and beautiful that I couldn’t resist sharing it.

Aside from causing untold thumb damage, another challenging thing about being a food blogger is that you want to show your food in the best light. But at 9pm, in the middle of winter, when you’re putting dinner on the table, the harsh light provided by your hood fan doesn’t exactly show food in its best light.

Since I’m here to help, in case you’re wondering where I got the chipotles for the slow-roasted chipotle pork, as they’re not something you can pick up at any old French supermarché, when I was Chablis last summer, we went to an Aldi store near where our friend’s live. I can’t resist peeking into discount bins and was surprised to find a few tins of chipotles tumbling around in there.

The label said they were MOINS CHER (less expensive) at €50, but I deduced they weren’t (or couldn’t really be) fifty bucks, but actually 50 centimes, or 50¢. They’re not that rare in France. Another thing that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like here, is that I was relieved the discount price actually rang up at the register and I didn’t need to spend 10 minutes convincing the cashier otherwise. Another score!

Okay, back to the recipe…for Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork. When I was at the market this week I picked up a palette de porc, a whole pork shoulder. The butcher was surprised I wanted the whole shebang and kept telling me that he was okay cutting it in half for me. I assured him that I wanted the whole thing, but let him to cut it in half since I figured it would soak up the flavorful marinade if there was more surface area. He was happy to comply, and did wrap each half separately, and put each half in a separate bag for me. Just in case, I guess.

Before I leave you with the recipe, I hope the rest of you will indulge me when I tell those who live in Paris that I’ve also found canned chipotle chiles at a shop in Belleville, whose façade is open to the street at 108 rue du Faubourg du Temple. They’re on a shelf right next to the street, along with a variety of other tinned Mexican specialties.

The night I made this, I served the slow-cooked chipotle pork with a pineapple salsa I made from diced pineapple, red onions, cilantro, a touch of agave nectar, a pinch of salt and another of red chile flakes. (Fresh chiles would work well in place of the dried chile flakes, if they’re available.) The next day the rewarmed, mildly spiced chipotle pork found itself wrapped in some corn tortillas that I portered back from the U.S. with leftover salsa, red onions, and beans.

And that’s that.

Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork
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8 servings
I have one of those slow cookers and tried cooking a pork shoulder in it a while back. After seventeen hours, it was finally falling off the bone, but the meat rather dry at that point and Romain refused to eat it. (Okay, he ate it, but complained about it the whole time.) So I returned again to using my tried-and-true Dutch oven. If you want to use a machine, I'm sure this can be adapted to a slow cooker or Instant pot, although I think the last step (#6) where the sauce gets reduced and the pork gets caramelized, is a nice touch. As I've been trying to use up things I have odds and ends of, I used oyster sauce, which you can find in markets that sell ingredients for Asian cooking. But ketchup can also be used along with a splash of vinegar. You can read more about chipotles in adobo here. I took a few tips for this recipe from the Pull-apart pork with honey chipotle on the BBC Food website. This recipe could easily be cut in half. You may need to reduce the cooking time to compensate for a smaller amount of pork.
1/2 cup (125ml) chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (using the sauce and the chiles)
1/4 cup (60ml) oyster sauce (or ketchup with a splash of vinegar)
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons mustard, such as Dijon
2 teaspoons fish sauce (optional)
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
freshly ground black pepper
1 whole pork shoulder, 4 pounds (2kg), cut in half by your butcher, if possible, trimmed of excess fat
1 bottle beer (or 1 1/2 cups/375ml water)
1. Mix the chipotles in adobo, oyster sauce, honey, mustard, fish sauce (if using), garlic and several generous turns from a peppermill of freshly ground pepper in a large bowl or zip-top marinating bag. Add the pork shoulder and massage the marinade into the meat. Cover (or close the bag) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
2. To bake the pork shoulder, remove it from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.
3. Preheat the oven to 325ºF (165ºC.)
4. Place the pork shoulder in a Dutch oven or similar pot with a lid and pour any marinade over them. Add the beer, cover, and bake in the oven for about 3 hours, turning the pieces of pork over every 45 minutes.
5. When the meat is tender (depending on your pork shoulder, it may take a little more time than 3 hours), remove the pot from the oven. Increase the heat of the oven to 400ºF (200ºC.)
6. Use tongs to pull the meat off the bones, and discard the bones. Put the pot back in the oven, uncovered, and roast until the sauce is thickened reduced to your liking, turning the pork pieces a few times while roasting. When the pork pieces are gently caramelized, about 30-40 minutes, remove from the oven and serve.

Notes

-I've covered where to get tortillas in France in the Note at the end of the Pozole recipe.

-I didn't use a recipe to make the beans, but made them by rinsing and soaking some good-quality dried beans for a few hours. I then cooked them in a pot of water with a bay leaf and about 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (due to hard water issues, that dried beans don't like), until the beans were almost tender. At that point, I added some finely diced red onion and smoked salt to the pot. When the beans were tender, I turned off the heat and added finely chopped cilantro, tasting the beans to see if they needed any additional salt.

-Because of non-optimal lighting conditions at 9pm in the middle of winter, the pictures of the bowls containing the finished slow-cooked pork were taken the following day, when we had them for lunch. I probably should or could have rewarmed them with a splash of water or beer to make them more saucy, as they'd absorbed a lot of sauce overnight. If you're rewarming the pork, feel free to reheat it with some additional liquid.


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182 comments

  • Joyce sasse
    February 24, 2020 10:02am

    Like it much better when you go directly to recipe. Love this one, solves my Mexican craving.
    jcs

    • Shirlene
      February 27, 2020 7:27pm

      Please keep talking to us as long as you want. I love your recipes also and the comments. So happy to have your stories and recipes in my life!

    • Pam M
      February 28, 2020 10:49pm

      I love the long intros. They give context and a peek into your thought processes.
      No one will pull a muscle by just scrolling past the stuff that they don’t want to read.
      Eyeroll.

    • Miriam
      March 1, 2020 5:31pm

      There are cooking blogs where the author talks and talks and talks and posts a lot of repetitive photos and says pretty much nothing of interest. David, yours is NOT one of those blogs. You should ignore the SEO experts and keep doing what you’re doing. I enjoy reading your posts and looking at your pictures even when you’re offering a recipe for a food I don’t like and I’m entirely sure I’m not the only one.

      • Sandra McGrath
        March 1, 2020 7:43pm

        I agree. I enjoy reading what you have to say and certainly wouldn’t have stumbled across the pickled red onion recipe.

        I’m making this today; the pork is marinating as I type. And we’re going to eat it with the corn tortillas, pineapple salsa and pickled red onions.

    • Chris
      March 3, 2020 6:00am

      Agree, agree! Please -just get to the recipe!!

  • D Kelly
    February 24, 2020 10:18am

    You are so funny! Just keep doing what you do best, anyway you want to ^_^

    • Joy McBride
      February 24, 2020 1:17pm

      Here here.

      • Barbara
        March 3, 2020 2:42am

        Love everything you have to say. Don’t stop please.

    • Dee
      February 24, 2020 1:55pm

      Agreed.

    • Lex
      February 24, 2020 2:55pm

      Ditto!

      • Jo from SWUSA
        February 24, 2020 5:29pm

        People don’t realize what a service food bloggers serve to those of us who love food. The amount of work $$ & patience family members must have. I love the writing of the people I follow & learn so much. Do what you feel comfortable & thanks for sharing your knowledge experience life with us.

        • March 4, 2020 2:07pm
          David Lebovitz

          When I started, you could just write a post and a recipe and publish it with a picture taken from a point-and-shoot camera. Now there’s a lot more to just creating a post, from testing the recipe to all the SEO stuff you’re supposed to do. As you said, it’s best to do just what you’re comfortable with doing, and focus on that.

    • February 24, 2020 4:11pm

      Thanks for the laugh — about the Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork. I like your long intros quite a bit. Please don’t let anyone convince you to get to the recipe faster.

      • Leissa
        February 25, 2020 1:31am

        I agree, too! I really prefer blogs that tell stories along with the recipes, particularly when they’re as well written and entertaining as yours :)

        • Susan Hill
          February 27, 2020 6:54pm

          I agree. Keep writing your story. I don’t cook much any more but I love reading about food and the stories behind the dishes.

    • Sarah
      February 24, 2020 4:21pm

      Agree :)

    • Missitessier
      February 24, 2020 5:11pm

      Agree. Seriously.

    • Merle
      February 24, 2020 5:19pm

      I agree…the impatient cooks probably don’t read books anymore. Pity! A little david sedaris makes for great reading…do it your way

      • Chris
        March 3, 2020 6:05am

        When I read books, I read books (and plenty of them). When I want to cook, I want to cook, not read.
        Suggest you write a book , intersperse recipes and post the recipes online, unadorned with your wonderful prose.

    • Louise
      March 22, 2020 12:32pm

      Hi David, can you tell me what you asked the Butcher for in French? Palette de porc? I’m also on lockdown in france And am using this time to try out some of your recipes. Banana/ chocolate bread yesterday and I’m going to try the kitchen sink cookies today. Thank you for your blog posts and Instagram stories, they’re a great source of comfort to me at the moment. Stay safe and keep positive, and thankful for our boulangeries staying open!

  • Cynthia
    February 24, 2020 10:22am

    Dear David, your work is and always has been, a gift. Part of the fun is reading about your adventures in developing the recipe or finding the ingredients. Every recipe I’ve tried – and I’ve tried many, have been delightful. You’ve given me hope for working in a small kitchen. I say no to changing the way you wrote and gift is with your wisdom and wit. And, at the risk of sounding grumpy, your recipes are free. Stop complaining people and go talk to your butcher about getting a pork shoulder. ❤️

    • February 24, 2020 6:29pm
      David Lebovitz

      I have a built-in filter, whenever a sentence starts with, “You should_____” or “You need to________” it doesn’t register, which has been really helpful. I guess it’s like buying stocks; some say to always do the opposite of what everyone else is doing, or telling you to do.

      And I wrote several cookbooks in a very small kitchen. It’s not easy but it makes you focus and keep things simple and streamlined, which isn’t a bad thing!

      • Suzanee
        February 25, 2020 12:43am

        Love how you do the things you do

        • Darla
          March 9, 2020 1:43am

          I bought a 15 pound pork shoulder and am marinating it now. I will be able to feed the entire neighborhood.

      • Barbara
        February 27, 2020 8:20pm

        Hi David
        When tell friends/family about you, it might be because if 1 of your delectable-looking recipes, but it’s equally as important (if not more so for me:)) that you’re such a down to earth, non-bloviated, charming & delightful writer!
        I always have a smile after reading your blog, & at least 1/2 the fun is to read all that comes before recipe
        It’s a gift, so bah humbug to grumpy kvetcher & double ditto what other of your devoted followers have shared above.
        Barbara in Santa Monica

  • Karen
    February 24, 2020 10:24am

    This pork looks really tasty.

    When I’m looking through recipes online, i’m looking for a recipe, and ai don’t mind some head notes to give it some context, or if there is a story to go with it, but I really hate having to scroll through pages and pages of large photos and overly detailed step-by-steps that I generally don’t need — I know how to cook — to get to the list of ingredients and shorter set of directions. This is what I use to decide if I’m going to cook something, so I want to recipe come first and all the rest of it after for the people who are still learning and need to rest of that stuff.

    It’s a totally different situation if the recipe comes after some writing about trip to somewhere interesting, or you are writing about an experience where the recipe flows organically from that. I like food writing, just not some of these overly long, over illustrated instructions that plague too many blog posts —- though not yours.

    You have interesting writing, and don’t overly fuss instructions,

    • Sandra
      February 24, 2020 10:36am

      Ditto for me.

    • Joycelyn
      February 24, 2020 8:02pm

      There’s also many new, novice, inexperienced etc. cooks out there who love seeing pages and pages of overly detailed step by step directions as besides being very helpful, those pages and pages you don’t like, teach them to cook.

      Seriously..To complain about any blogger/chefs recipe and explanation of how they came to make that recipe delicious including adding step by step photos, is more than petty.

  • Heidi Husnak
    February 24, 2020 10:28am

    Oh ignore the whiners. I am already having a day (at 1:25am in Los Angeles) of “if one more stupid person gets in my face”
    Beautiful onions and so classic. The second chipotle image is the standard in my markets. They freeze well if not using the whole can. So good with beans also.

    • February 24, 2020 10:50am
      David Lebovitz

      A reader (who also lives abroad) also recommended freezing them, saying that when he needs to use some, he shaves some off with a grater or zester – good idea!

      (It’s funny because I read a whole thread yesterday about someone upset that a cookbook author and food writer posted a photo of a slice of pizza and didn’t say where it was from. It was quite a thread!) Hope you have a good day in L.A. : )

      • Gayle
        February 24, 2020 3:24pm

        I freeze them as well and quite successfully. I use them in homemade hummus, then freeze the leftovers in those little click-clack cups so they’re portioned. Never thought to shave if I only need a little. Brilliant…

        • Sarah
          February 24, 2020 4:25pm

          Ohh in hummus! Of course. I so often don’t open a can of chipotle because I know they rest will get tossed. Will freeze and shave from now on. :)

          • February 24, 2020 4:39pm

            I cook with chipotle in adobo all the time (mix a little into mayo, for instance). When I open the can, I puree the whole thing in the food processor or blender, then store the puree into a glass jar in the fridge, where it keeps almost indefinitely. Just spoon out a tiny bit or a lot depending on the heat you want. Never thought of shaving it off a frozen block but I guess that would work, too! And, David, I love the context you give your recipes as much as the recipes themselves. You’re like slow food versus grab n’ go. Keep it up, please!

      • Tom L
        February 25, 2020 1:46am

        We’ve always frozen our leftover chipotle and it’s always been fine.

    • Kristin
      February 24, 2020 1:56pm

      I just saw this comment on Deb’s latest Smitten Kitchen post. “Dear Deb,
      “we didn’t see why they should have all the fun”. I do understand – but I would like you to weigh up whether these few days of fun are worth further risking the future of your and everybody’s children in this world with the flights. In any case, a less cavalier approach to this topic in your blog would be desirable. Thank you an all the best.” I first thought she was referencing coronavirus,but then decided it was climate change. I am afraid that my favorite food bloggers will get sick of the whiners and people with what I consider to be inappropriate, ill-timed, or misplaced questions and ridiculous questions about potential changes to a recipe (just do it yourself!! Don’t expect the blogger to make infinite recipe variations), and quit writing. So I echo your suggestion to ignore the whiners!

      • Kristin
        February 24, 2020 1:58pm

        And I AM concerned about our planet, but didn’t think Deb’s comments were the place to address the issue.

  • February 24, 2020 10:38am

    David, Scrolling is fine when the content justifies it. Yours always does. Keep writing and blogging, and we’ll keep scrolling, with ever more delight and insight.

    • Karen G
      February 24, 2020 8:47pm

      Agree. I love the background information and your interesting comments about where to find ingredients, French culture. Please keep writing your blog as you always have. We are hoping that Los Angeles is in your book tour.

  • Ellyn
    February 24, 2020 11:12am

    oh please…scrolling is fine. And you made me laugh with how many times you mentioned the Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork. I suppose you could have mentioned the Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork pork more but I doubt it. Actually what I found not fine in your article was mentioning pineapple salsa and not giving a receipe for it! It sounds terrifically delish!!.. recipe SVP??? I happen to have some mango salsa that I am spreading on just about everything and could use with pork… so all is not lost. I wonder if I could adapt this to my Instant pot… Going to try, thanks..

    • February 24, 2020 11:34am
      David Lebovitz

      I didn’t use a recipe but described how I made it in the post. If I had fresh chiles, I would have used some of those and I may (or may not) have mentioned it, but I also dribbled in a little tequila, too : )

      • Christina
        February 24, 2020 3:07pm

        David, I follow you BECAUSE you don’t get straight to your wonderful recipes. It’s your personality shining through, your interesting adventures, and the process that leads to the ultimate recipe, that keep me reading and brings joy.

        If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!

        • Mickey
          February 25, 2020 9:03am

          Exactly! I’m here because I like reading about your life in Paris, your travels, food!!!I learn & laugh and follow your tips,(porchetta and icecream in NewYork) and oh, yes, there are recipes too! We love you for being a blogger, a writer. If people just want a recipe…well, google on then!
          Thanks for all the reads David!

        • Margiemi
          March 3, 2020 5:16pm

          David…you make me chuckle/laugh aloud/giggle….keep up the great blogs; I look forward to reading everything you send out. I’ve read all your books and have referred them often. By the way, your recipes are delish and a real treat to our tastebuds. Repeat the name of the recipe as much as you want or not want to do…either way works well with me. Just keep the great stuff coming.

      • February 24, 2020 4:30pm

        Too funny! I don’t mind reading through posts when the content is interesting, like yours. But I do scroll a lot through some bloggers’ overly long, overly photographed of every minute step of the process posts. Like 10 different photos of the same bowl of batter as each and every ingredient is added. Ugh, that annoys me.

        But as to the pork shoulder, I love it. I usually get a bone-in shoulder, cook it in my crock pot with a dry rub, and after 8-10 hours it’s tender and juicy and wonderful. I like to serve it with soft buns, bbq sauce and spicy pickles. My husband likes to put cole slaw on his.

      • Elaine
        February 24, 2020 4:51pm

        I am totally enjoying your site! Your the author, so I don’t mind where the recipe is – reading the whole thing is part of the enjoyment. Just thankful you share. This looks le a keeper for sure I love slow cooked pork! Last years garden was… not good. Too damp, so I didn’t get many peppers at all. But I have frozen ones from prior harvests. Thanks for sharing ~

        • Keir
          February 24, 2020 8:33pm

          Outside of the center of Paris you may find chipotles at Auchan. We find the Costeña brand of products at Auchan in Blois and Tours near us.

  • Sandra Alexander
    February 24, 2020 11:16am

    Love the stories and background to your recipes. Fun and informative. Please don’t cut down on your great material, it enriches the experience. And thank you for all your splendid work!

  • Roanne Martin
    February 24, 2020 11:25am

    Can I cook the beans at the same time as the pork?

    • February 24, 2020 11:34am
      David Lebovitz

      Sure! The beans will likely take less time (3+ hours) than the pork, although that depends on how “fresh” your dried beans are. But beans in general are better made farther ahead as the juices thicken as they sit, so feel free to make them in advance, too.

      • Rick
        February 25, 2020 12:12am

        Are the beans in your pictures done in this way or are they a separate recipe?

        • February 25, 2020 6:59am
          David Lebovitz

          I cooked them separately. I explained how in the Notes after the recipe.

  • Dick
    February 24, 2020 11:57am

    In my kitchen are several hundred books on food and very few are traditional recipe books. I rather suspect that many of those who are complaining about not getting straight to the recipe are also among those who want absolute details and complain about “a pinch of…” or ” a dash of…”

    • February 24, 2020 12:07pm
      David Lebovitz

      Dick: I often tell people the best books are the ones where the author described how they made and/or came up with the recipe. That usually provides assurance that they made it and tested it. That applies to blogs as well. Most of the big “recipe” websites where people post whatever they want (or they have a team collecting recipes from who-knows-where) have recipes that don’t say anything about making the recipe. Unless it’s a well-known magazine with a test kitchen, like Saveur, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, etc. I like the know the source of the recipe too.

  • Betsy LM
    February 24, 2020 12:17pm

    I love your stories and recipes! Keep doing what you do do well. Chipotles are one of the things I love most (apart from my husband and children) and this pork is on my short list. Merci!

  • Chris
    February 24, 2020 12:31pm

    Don’t change a thing. You must be doing something right having entertained us for over 20 years.

  • MD Smith
    February 24, 2020 12:36pm

    David, you are just plain wicked. Keep up the good work.

  • Betty L
    February 24, 2020 12:55pm

    David, I love the stories of your food-related and other adventures in Paris so please do not stop! Scrolling is so easy to do and the photos along the way are beautiful, plus it is nice to see what the finished dish (hopefully) will look like. I do not have a slow cooker so can I make this in the oven as I did your magnificent balsamic glazed pork roast?

    • February 24, 2020 6:30pm
      David Lebovitz

      I didn’t use a slow cooker – I used a regular Dutch oven. Just be aware that if your Dutch oven in enameled, the chiles may discolor the interior finish. The one I used was stainless steel.

  • christine H
    February 24, 2020 12:56pm

    This post made me LOL. Thanks for starting my Monday this way!

    • Rita
      February 24, 2020 5:38pm

      Totally agree! David’s blog is so entertaining and informative.
      Rita

  • Rob
    February 24, 2020 12:57pm

    When I Google for a specific recipe &/or ingredient, then on each result I have to scroll down endless pages to actually view the recipe & see whether it is what I am looking for, yes – that is both frustrating & annoying, particularly if the pages are really slow at scrolling down. But when I come to your webpages, it is because I want to read your writing – the recipe is often incidental, or else a bonus. I vote ‘no change’, David!

    • February 24, 2020 1:11pm
      David Lebovitz

      Although it took me a while to understand it, people are writing recipes for not only search engines (hence the loading in of keywords, repeatedly) but also for Alexa, which’ll read lists of ingredients, steps, etc. It doesn’t make for interesting or entertaining reading, though ;)

    • Dorothy
      February 24, 2020 4:32pm

      Moi aussi!

  • February 24, 2020 1:00pm

    I must admit that on some blogs I do scroll straight down to the recipe, but I very much enjoy reading your articles, so keep doing what you’re doing!

    I shall have a think as to how to adapt this recipe for an Instant Pot.

  • February 24, 2020 1:02pm

    Your poking fun at the SEO recommendation to repeat a recipe name—who doesn’t get irritated when that’s overdone?—made this editor laugh out loud. Well done.

    And while I sometimes get impatient at how long a site takes to get to “the good stuff,” your writing is so relaxed and entertaining that it’s never bothered me on your site, I confess. And I’m ALWAYS interested in the recipe.

    I’m just jealous you can find chilies in adobo sauce in Paris. I found two cans gathering dust in a teensy foreign grocery in Spain last winter, after not seeing them anywhere else outside the US for years, and grabbed them, but you’d never see them where I live, well outside a metro area in central France. I’m going to crack open my last remaining one for this, I think!

  • Marilyn Ciccotosto
    February 24, 2020 1:31pm

    Haaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaa! I love you so much!

  • Susan B
    February 24, 2020 2:05pm

    For impatient readers, you could consider adding a “skip to recipe” button but really NBD. Your site is informative and fun either way.

  • Carol
    February 24, 2020 2:05pm

    Re: scrolling, my objection is when the blogger is just filling space with cutesy chat and an inordinate number of similar photos. Which is not you! You posts are interesting, informative, and often lead me to other ideas/places, as well as illuminating the recipe. Don’t change a thing! Thanks.

  • February 24, 2020 2:08pm

    I like your notes. Very easy to scroll by to get to recipe. People must be getting very lazy!
    Thank you for your very entertaining books.

  • Molly F. C.
    February 24, 2020 2:09pm

    This recipe, and I don’t mind scrolling one bit, makes that pork look so delicious. I make your carnitas recipe every few months, that one is a keeper, but now I’m adding this to the rotation. Thanks!

  • Kristen
    February 24, 2020 2:36pm

    Many bloggers (see Smitten Kitchen) have a link right at the top that says “Jump to Recipe” that makes it easy to skip the text. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Nice to have the option.

  • February 24, 2020 2:41pm

    David, I am happy when you don’t go directly to the recipe. If i only wanted a recipe, I could look at one of the (insert- crazy -number- ) of cookbooks that I have in my home. If someone doesn’t have the time to scroll, maybe they have a bigger problem. Love this recipe and I will have to try it soon. Although as a former New Orleanian, my first go-to for the Chipotle Pork recipe would be a PO-Boy. Simply add pork to French Bread, slather of mayo, pickled red onions, fresh tomato and thinly sliced cabbage. My mouth is watering as I write this, although I typically don’t eat po-boys at 7am, but it is Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler. Thank you as always for the interesting recipes, lovely words, gorgeous photos and the snarky humor. I love it the best.

    • February 24, 2020 2:47pm
      David Lebovitz

      Years ago I was talking to my friend Elise at Simply Recipes, and said “My blog isn’t a food blog.” As the focus of my blog wasn’t recipes, but stories about Paris, including restaurants, pastry shops, and cultural observations. As things shifted, I did start focusing more on recipes, but since I write cookbooks, I wanted the blog (and the recipes) to be a little different and more conversational than a book. I keep thinking I should go back to more stories and other things I used to focus on, although people keep requesting recipes…but I’ll see where the blog goes next!

      • jane
        February 24, 2020 8:36pm

        Please do BOTH. Separately is fine by me though I do enjoy hearing about WHY you’re sharing a particular recipe. And it doesn’t have to be a wildly entertaining tale though you do excel at those generally.

        Your stories are golden and the foundation of this blog imo. And your recipes are like a bonus, but also much anticipated and enjoyed because you are talented : D. Thanks for sharing!

        PS: stunning photos this post

      • Jeanne
        February 24, 2020 9:43pm

        I absolutely love all your stories and descriptions about how you came to particular recipes. The human experience is what draws me to your cooking and your writing. So another vote for that!!

      • February 26, 2020 5:16am

        Oh but David it is a food blog and so much more. Food done well is an intimate expression of its preparer or host. All of us enjoy the entry into your world even if its though a small screen. Paris is such a lovely city and how nice to have my own personal American-in-Paris. I long for the day when I may return and put some of your suggestions into action. I say keep it up,….the food, stories, photos and the snarky humor.

      • Jennifer H
        February 27, 2020 2:05am

        Because of you David, I am now a devoted Red Boat Fish Sauce fan. Caramels?? Who knew? Love your blog, read every word, never thought of scrolling as a ‘problem’ and for anyone who is craving a real laugh, they should read ‘L’appart’. Simply hysterical.

  • Edgar j W
    February 24, 2020 2:56pm

    Oh my.. pay no mind to those people who just can’t enjoy life… your post are always a pleasure to read and your photos enlighten your vision of the dish. Keep up the great culinary work and I will be making this dish tonight.

  • AE
    February 24, 2020 3:00pm

    Well, some people just love to complain. Frankly, I think you do a wonderful job compared to many food bloggers. Unlike several that i have reviewed, you genuinely test your recipes and know what you’re doing.

    • Eva Takacs-di Lorenzo
      February 24, 2020 4:03pm

      David; please keep on doing what you have been doing. I love your emails with your stories and pictures! I recently made your orange bitters because you made it sound so interesting!

  • Rhonda
    February 24, 2020 3:05pm

    I admit that on most food blogs I sigh and scroll to the bottom to get to the goods but your blog is the exception. I love your stories – they’re the extra ingredient that makes preparing your recipes that much more enjoyable.

  • Nathalie
    February 24, 2020 3:20pm

    Wonderful sense of humor. And sharp analysis of our French little quirks!

    Have made several times Clotilde Dusoulier’s carnitas (and of course will try your version soon). For the leftovers, she recommends spreading the meat on a baking sheet and re-heat for a few minutes under the broiler: very effective to get the crunchy and caramelized bits you’re looking for!

  • Karen
    February 24, 2020 4:00pm

    Love a funny bit to start the week!! and a yummy recipe to go with it. Scroll on!!

  • Jane B
    February 24, 2020 4:31pm

    Your post brought a smile to my face. I love chipotle anything so I’ll be making the recipe this week.
    But the bigger smile, and laugh, came from the issue of scrolling to get to the recipe. I tell people what I hate about bloggers, besides the ones who don’t test their recipes, is the inordinate amount of pictures before the recipe. I don’t need to see several pictures of the blogger cutting an onion, then cutting a pepper, then pouring wine into the pot, then stirring, then adding pepper and spices, etc. I get it and don’t need to see loads of pictures on basic techniques. Show me one picture for chopping the onion, not four.
    David, I love your blog and read all of it, including the headers and description…so please keep your blog the way it is.

  • Eileen
    February 24, 2020 4:37pm

    David, please continue writing in your style! The constant inclusion of the recipe name was hilarious (and not something you should continue with)! Love the recipes and the stories. Keep it up!!

  • Wesley
    February 24, 2020 4:42pm

    David, you have me laughing out loud! I love your writing and what you share. You have made me a better cook and baker, and you have the best best recipes. I hope the critics and complainers don’t get you down, what you share is so valuable!

  • KristyMN
    February 24, 2020 4:45pm

    David, do you think I could add rehydrated beans to the pork as it bakes? Or would that be too long for them?

    • February 24, 2020 6:32pm
      David Lebovitz

      I’m not sure what “rehydrated” means. Do you mean soaked but not cooked? If so, I can’t say because they’d need more liquid than what’s in the pot and you’d have to calculate that. I suppose you could keep adding more liquid, but I would just cook them separately.

  • Christina
    February 24, 2020 5:13pm

    Bravo, David! Of course, reading your blog is half the fun! BTW, you can buy dried smoked chipotles as well as powdered in the US and probably at La Grande Épicerie in Paris. Merci pour tout!

  • Carolyn
    February 24, 2020 5:16pm

    David, I think your blog is perfect just the way it is! Besides, for the impatient ones, everyone knows where the recipe is, so just scroll down for heaven’s sake, and stop whining.
    On another note, I decidedly prefer my heavy Dutch oven over a slow cooker. Like Romain, I also think the slow cooker tends to dry out the meat more. Mine is relegated to use for taking a warm dish to a potluck.
    As for those unused Chipotle’s, I blend the remainder of the can and freeze it in small tasting cups.
    But, what was the recipe again? Slow cooked chipotle pork? Sorry you didn’t mention it more in the blog! . Who are these so-called SEO experts?

  • Greg
    February 24, 2020 5:24pm

    Talk about first world problems. Someone painstakingly develops and test a recipe, at their own expense, and then provide it for free. Then people complain that free is not good enough, because they have to spend 10 seconds or more scrolling.

  • Carol Hollis
    February 24, 2020 5:30pm

    David, what I enjoy the most about your blog is the background story that you tell so well! It tantalizes me to read further to the recipe!

    • February 24, 2020 6:39pm
      David Lebovitz

      I always think that’s what makes a recipe interesting. I know a number of food blogs now aren’t focused on the story anymore, so there’s a lot of talk about how great or tasty the recipe is, and that you should try it, etc. When food blogging started I remember there were great blogs that were all about the writing like Traveler’s Lunchbox, Wednesday Chef, Amateur Gourmet, Orangette, and others, which I would sit down and read like a magazine. Most have stopped blogging unfortunately.

      • Margaret
        February 24, 2020 7:50pm

        Yes I really liked Orangette and Wednesday Chef too :(
        Some bloggers seem to go on and on until you finally get to the recipe, but I always like reading what you say, so plse don’t change a thing.

      • jane
        February 24, 2020 11:00pm

        Interestingly when I worked in restaurants everyone back of house was super well read to an extraordinary level. I fit right in but it did stand out as unusual for a group of people. Were the chefs where you’ve worked readers as well? Is this a personality trait for cooks?

  • Paula Rini
    February 24, 2020 5:32pm

    Please don’t ever NOT comment! I love your recipes, but I love your comments and writing even more :0).

  • Karen
    February 24, 2020 5:35pm

    An old friend of mine went off on facebook about this topic recently. It was funny to me that she did because she works in the arts and often complains about people asking her to do her work for free.

    If you’re getting a free recipe on the internet, then scrolling down is the price you pay for that. Seriously, is it that big a deal? If the worst thing that happens to you on any given day is having to scroll down to get a recipe that someone is giving you for free, then you should spend the time you spent complaining about it talking to a therapist about the real roots of your problems.

  • MR in NJ
    February 24, 2020 6:02pm

    A JUMP TO RECIPE button would be ideal for second, third, and subsequent times, when the intro has previously been read and enjoyed and now one wants to cook or bake the food.

    I also think your faithful readers wuld cntinue t read yur psts abut a recipe even if they fllwed the recipe.

    Online it doesnt make as much difference, but in cookbooks I have always felt that the intro should follow the recipe even though logically it should precede it. One reason is to fit as much of the recipe as possible on the first page.

    When I create a Word file of an online recipe for my own use, if I want to retain the intro, I place it after the recipe.

    • February 24, 2020 6:34pm
      David Lebovitz

      I’ve learned over the years that adding something to the blog, means whatever that “something” is, is bound to go wrong in the future, whether it’s when they upgrade the “Jump to recipe” plug in, or whatever. I’m over tech issues and would prefer to focus on content : )

  • February 24, 2020 6:03pm

    Just so you know, I enjoy reading your post sprinkled with your sense of humor. I been meaning do make pulled pork for a long time and if I do I will use your recipe. It’s hard to make your own if you have the best taqueria within walking distance.

  • Mara
    February 24, 2020 6:24pm

    What’s going on? Why does everything have to be the same? Your posts are so warm, evocative, charming, funny, instructive… (you get the gist)…. PLEASE don’t change a thing about how you write your posts. The Twitter troglodytes should go eat plastic. Whatever.

    • February 24, 2020 6:35pm
      David Lebovitz

      I don’t use Twitter that much anymore. It used to be a good way to connect with people but it’s not as interesting as it was when it started. Thanks for your kind words and glad you like the blog!

  • Terry S.
    February 24, 2020 6:45pm

    I love the head notes. Those contain the romance of the recipe and all the helpful hints and culinarily context. Obviously twitter had shortened the attention span. I can’t wait to make this. The photo alone is enticing!

  • Kim Smith
    February 24, 2020 6:59pm

    Please don’t change a thing. We love you just the way you are.

    • Irene
      February 24, 2020 8:34pm

      Ditto… But that last line now triggered the Last Song Syndrome (LSS) just now that I’m about to sleep. Hahaha

  • Susan
    February 24, 2020 7:10pm

    From the photo it looks like you used dark beer. I think this is a very important flavor to be more specific on. A light mellow beer surely would not be as wonderful as a robust creamy porter, maybe with coffee undertones? Please share your thoughts on this.
    Thank you from Chicago
    (it’s going to snow a lot tomorrow so I would like to get all the ingredients today!)

    • February 25, 2020 7:06am
      David Lebovitz

      I think you could use almost any type of beer, except perhaps a stout, which I find gets rather bitter when cooked and reduced. But I’ve braised foods in pilsners, ales and amber beers with good results.

  • Christine
    February 24, 2020 7:13pm

    I hope the Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork tasted exactly like the Slow-Cooked Chipotle Port of your dreams, that is, if you dream about Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork. :-)

  • Tom L
    February 24, 2020 7:24pm

    I LOVE your commentary AND your beautiful pictures that I enjoy scrolling through, even when I know I’ll probably never make the dish. Today you made me laugh out loud with your send-up of mentioning a recipe name frequently. Keep doing what you do!

  • Margaret
    February 24, 2020 7:42pm

    My grocer was out of my favorite corn tortillas a few weeks ago so I bought Bob’s Red Mill organic corn masa and made them myself. I had a tortilla press that I’d never used and I was surprised at how easy they were to make. Just add water and a little salt to the masa (recipe is on the package) mix, roll a portion into a ball and press between wax paper, grill in a cast iron pan about a minute on each side. They taste so much better than store bought and are so easy that I make them now instead of buying :)

  • Mai Allison
    February 24, 2020 8:31pm

    I go to your blog first thing every morning to get the first smile of my day. Don’t ever change.

  • Irene
    February 24, 2020 8:32pm

    You’re so funny! And I love the head notes and the commentary best! It tells how the recipe came about and is particularly helpful if I find I needed to adjust something due to regional differences.

    This recipe sounds so good! I don’t know where to find chipotle here, but I’ll make do and make that pulled pork dish!

  • February 24, 2020 9:38pm

    Please don’t stop writing your commentary–whether or not the recipe interests me, your writing always does. And I’m floored that you can get chipotle in France! You’re a champ to track down all the ingredients for Mexican food.

  • Mary
    February 24, 2020 9:49pm

    What would you suggest as a substitute for beer? Thank you.

    • February 25, 2020 7:04am
      David Lebovitz

      You can use water. I suggested the amount in the ingredient list. You might want to add a splash of vinegar to compensate for some of the acidity that beer provides.

  • February 24, 2020 9:59pm

    My goodness. What do people think a blog is? Keep doing what you are doing. You are an excellent writer and your blog is engaging and informative.

  • Linda
    February 24, 2020 10:48pm

    I am one of those readers who really enjoy viewing your commentary and photos before getting to the recipe. I typically read your blogs while sitting with my morning coffee checking my email, which is where I get your blog updates, so I’m not in a hurry to get cooking. Besides, that personal perspective is what makes a blog different from a cookbook, and yours are always totally entertaining.

    And I learned something before even cooking anything: the tip about adding baking soda to cook dry beans in hard water. Is that to make them turn out softer? I’ll give that a try.

    • February 25, 2020 7:02am
      David Lebovitz

      In the “old days,” I also sat down in the morning and read food blogs. That was in the days when most of us used RSS feeders…and when there were a lot of blogs to read. Now things have shifted, and there’s content on Instagram that’s more “digestible,” in small bites. However, I still look for longer reads too. Yes, baking soda softens “hard” (mineral-rich) water, which the water in France definitely is. Many people who make hummus add it to the chickpeas while cooking (sometimes by the tablespoon!), so they soften properly.

      • a
        February 25, 2020 8:39am

        I still read you through RSS!

  • PeterCL
    February 25, 2020 12:34am

    Don’t change your format, David. It’s quite nice as it is.

  • claire silvers
    February 25, 2020 1:41am

    Another vote for the way you write your posts. Context rich in cultural insights and character, leavened with humor. Have been cursing the search-engine directed doings (husband is journalist) but had not thought of the cursed Alexa factor (why would anyone intentionally buy such a torture device for their home?). Also I learn a huge amount from your writing-blogs & books book. Thank you, David.

    • February 25, 2020 6:59am
      David Lebovitz

      Alexa and similar devices are interesting and I can see some uses of them for sure (how nice would it be to say, “Alexa, preheat the oven” without having to wash your hands and set the dials? or “Open the door” without fumbling for your keys…), but I saw a trailer for a PBS documentary on it, and one of the topics was how hundreds of millions of people consented to let a company listen to their conversations, many being transcribed, in writing. It is interesting to see how people have become adept at writing for search-engines, but those algorithms change (ditto on Instagram) and imho, it’s fragile to put all your proverbial eggs in one basket, as those parameters/SEO rules can change in an instant, which has happened several times.

  • Alla
    February 25, 2020 1:51am

    David, I hope your SEO ranking shoot straight up! Can this recipe be adapted for chicken? Thanks for both the recipes and the stories.

    • February 25, 2020 6:52am
      David Lebovitz

      I’ve not made it with chicken but not sure you want to cook chicken for 3+ hours, so you’d have to modify the cooking time and maybe use less liquid? I might also recommend turkey leg/thigh which is a cut of meat/poultry that can stand up to long cooking.

  • Sharon Tucker
    February 25, 2020 2:49am

    David, reading your posts is something I look forward to each time. I would be happy if you don’t change a thing. I hope you will keep doing what you are doing and let the gripers get over themselves. They can always go to AllRecipes—but even there there are videos that might could their horizons. You can’t please all of us so please, please yourself! Cheers!

  • February 25, 2020 2:54am

    Did you say this a recipe for Slow Cooked Chipotle Pork? Because my wife likes pulled pork and I think she would really like this Slow Cooked Chipotle Pork. I think your photos are divine, David, as well as your recipes and posts for such things as Slow Cooked Chipotle Pork. We have a can or two of Chiles in Adobo Sauce in the pantry so that’s no problem. I think I may try your recipe for Slow Cooked Chipotle Pork very soon. Thank you for the post and the recipe. (About Slow Cooked Chipotle Pork.) Hope that helps.

  • Leu2500
    February 25, 2020 3:27am

    The problem isn’t that you have to scroll. The problem is that you have to scroll past a ridiculous number of ads that take forever to load & jump all over the place, preventing you from reading the content!

    This post does not have this problem. Thank you.

  • PZ
    February 25, 2020 5:40am

    David,

    This recipe greeted me when I woke this morning. I had all the ingredients and made it. So delicious. Served it as a torta (Bolio bread, refried beans, shredded lettuce, tomato, Mexican creama, and a slice of avocado). Mmmmmmmmm

    To chime in, I love your stories.

    FYI… My husband has also choked down dry roast from a crockpot. Never again!

    With that being said, You’re the reason I ran out and bought Red Boat fish sauce, Citadel Gin, and chestnut paste. When my hubby asks me why….. the answer is because David recommended it. He knows exactly who I am talking about.

    That’s what makes your site unique. You pull us in and share your life, Your joys, your frustrations, your relatable relationship with Roman.

    It not just recipes. It’s your life and you share it with us. We as your audience are blessed.

    • February 25, 2020 6:51am
      David Lebovitz

      Glad you liked the recipe! Yes, that fish sauce is one of those life-changing ingredients (if you like fish sauce)…I just got some Red Boat fish sauce caramels which I’m sure are good, but I haven’t opened the bag yet ; )

      • PZ
        February 25, 2020 3:28pm

        What?!! Now, I’m gonna have to order some. I bet they are awesome.

        You are oh so bad for me. Yet, oh so good. ;)

  • Lenita
    February 25, 2020 7:35am

    Don’t change what you’re doing and I wouldn’t miss your blog. I love how you write and your photos and explanations. Then it’s fun to get to the recipe. Forget the complainers.

    • Chantal Duvall
      February 28, 2020 6:39pm

      Love your books, your recipes and your blog, never boring. But it would be a good alternative to have a button “go directly to the recipe” when one is in a hurry or doesn’t care about the subject .
      Thanks for being YOU David

  • February 25, 2020 7:52am

    Thanks for this post, David! Chipotles in adobo is one of the few things we bring back from the US. No longer, I hope! Will check out that address soon!

  • Rachele
    February 25, 2020 12:20pm

    I read your blog solely for the David Lebovitz factor. The recipes are an incredible gift with scroll.

    I noticed early on in this particular entry that a drinking game would be quite apropos…not only am I craving slow cooked chipotle pork, I find myself soused at 6am eastern time…well done, sir.

  • Susan Riggs
    February 25, 2020 5:33pm

    I happen to like your writing-isn’t that the whole point?!? I mean aside from the recipes.
    And I love the pictures-but now I am craving this dish!!!!
    Merci beaucoup David!!!!

    Sue

  • ap
    February 25, 2020 7:09pm

    I like your posts! There’s so much history and background and humor in them. I visit this blog weekly because of them. I read far more of your stuff than I make.

    When I google for a recipe, then yes, I am frequently skipping the actual post to get to the meat and potatoes, as it were.

    But overall, I don’t care if there is a lengthy post or photos. What I want is: a clear list of ingredients, a clearly written recipe, for those elements to be broken out from the rest of the text in an easily visible way (like yours with the gray box) and for the recipe itself not to be intercut with ads. Everything else is superficial.

  • Jacklyn Campbell
    February 25, 2020 8:11pm

    I LOVE your headnotes! It makes reading your posts unique and enjoyable. Keep ’em coming! I cannot believe how people like to complain, about anything and everything!

  • Allison
    February 25, 2020 9:52pm

    I’m a vegetarian and so would never make this recipe, yet I read every word. I love your writing, David, and that’s why I read your blog. You’re like NPR for me – introducing me to cookbooks I’d never think of and taking me with you on your travels in and out of France. I’ve loved those posts about vintage cookware and glasses.

    And your recipes aren’t bad, either :-)

  • Bebe
    February 25, 2020 10:30pm

    . Short little spans of attention. Subscribed for your lovely writing but find i have been able to put up with your recipes as well. Keep on keeping on.

  • Kelly Monaghan
    February 25, 2020 10:47pm

    Et voila! Bien joué. This post comes up #2 for “Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork” in Google, #3 in DuckDuckGo.

    You could probably improve your ranking if you used “Best Slow-Cooked Chipotle Pork for Larger Penis.”

    • February 27, 2020 7:48am
      David Lebovitz

      ….but then I might have trouble with the “truth in advertising” realm. (However, if that statement was, indeed, true, this recipe would definitely get a TON of traffic ; )

  • February 26, 2020 5:40am

    Hi David,
    I don’t mind a little scrolling… but some blogs really take it to the extreme, posting multiple pictures that are nearly identical, making me think, “doesn’t anyone know how to edit?!” But I’d scroll all day for your recipes, they work and your writing is delightful. Bisous from NYC

  • Robin Tindale
    February 26, 2020 10:20am

    David, I love the story behind the recipe. Resist all pressure from those who don’t like reading! For those of us who love to curl up on the couch or in bed with a cup of tea (or wine) and a good cookbook- the story telling us half the fun.
    A blog is a blog. Not a byline!
    My family also love slow cooked pork shoulder with chipotle and I will definitely try your version.
    Many thanks.

    • February 27, 2020 7:50am
      David Lebovitz

      I often sit on the couch and read blogs, although I do it less and less as most of the food blogs I used to read aren’t updated anymore. (Many of them have been blogging for 10+ years.) Enjoy the slow-roasted chipotle pork!

  • February 26, 2020 11:30am

    You are a great cook I enjoy your recipes and love your site! I don’t mind to scrolling :)

  • February 26, 2020 2:31pm

    I’ve thought of your blog many times when I’ve read the recurring diatribes about why bloggers should “just get to the recipe.” I’m so glad you don’t! While I am a long-time fan of your turnip pickles recipe, the main reason I have been a loyal reader for years is because of your stories. They give me a great sense of place & personality. I’m glad that you keep doing what you’re doing!

  • mumimor
    February 26, 2020 2:56pm

    I haven’t commented here for ages, though I still read every one of your posts. But I need to tell you that the main reason you are my favorite blogger and author is the stories you tell before the recipes. Don’t ever stop being you. <3

    • February 27, 2020 7:47am
      David Lebovitz

      Thanks! : )

  • Bob Congdon
    February 26, 2020 7:12pm

    Well played!

  • Vanessa
    February 26, 2020 8:45pm

    Love your style of blog posting, writing and enjoy your books immensely!
    Just have a question…would there be any benefit to browning the pork shoulder before slow roasting? I was wondering how that would help or hinder the process.

    • February 27, 2020 7:47am
      David Lebovitz

      I don’t think you could brown it with the marinade all over it. It would likely burn.

      • Vanessa
        February 28, 2020 4:02am

        Ahh, I understand, yes that makes sense!

  • naomi d.
    February 27, 2020 12:33am

    HA! I don’t even eat pork and I still read every bit of this post (well, I admit I skipped the recipe) as I do for any of your posts, because I love your “voice.” Then, I read a bunch of the comments and your replies too! Please don’t stop. You are one of the best presences on the Web.

    • Gina
      February 29, 2020 5:32pm

      Love your tongue in cheek style! Keep it up for most of us!

  • May
    February 27, 2020 1:08am

    I really enjoy reading your stories so please don’t stop.

  • T
    February 27, 2020 9:53am

    I literally laughed out loud at this entry. Blogs that need SEO hits and have complaints about too much scrolling to find recipes are clearly the ones lacking quality content. If the blog is a good read, people don’t care whether there’s a recipe or not, though they’d appreciate one because they’re captivated by the descriptions.

    You’re one of the OGs of food blogging, thank you for all the years you’ve been writing.

    • March 4, 2020 2:12pm
      David Lebovitz

      I was reading a food blog today that literally had 5 paragraphs (or maybe more) of information that was so generic, I wondered if they cut and pasted it to apply it to their other posts. I don’t mean to criticize what anyone else is doing, but I can’t imagine it being all that interesting.

      But a few years ago a writing coach told me he had a client whose objective was to make a lot of money when they started their food blog. It took 2-3 years, but (supposedly) their blog is getting huge amounts of traffic, and making a lot of money. I’ve looked at it and it’s just not that interesting. But there’s room for everyone, I guess, although I’m a little curmudgeonly because I remember when all this began, everyone was in it together, and we all had the same goal: To share stories, recipes, and foods.

  • Jayne
    February 27, 2020 12:46pm

    Very funny to read – I love the story behind the recipes

  • Edith Douglas
    February 27, 2020 11:28pm

    Your blog is fine…glorious even. It’s all the others who are just boring! Please don’t change what you do!

  • Rachel Cunliffe
    February 28, 2020 12:12am

    Brilliant David. Thanks for the morning laugh!

  • February 28, 2020 1:08pm

    David, thank you for this fantastic recipe, Hubby and i LOVED the pork. So tender and so flavorful. And now I have enough for a few more meals. I made a pot of Rancho Gordo black beans to go with it. The pickled onions are a game changer. We’ve been topping all sorts of foods with them.
    Always excited to try your recipes which are sure winners.

    • March 4, 2020 2:12pm
      David Lebovitz

      Thank you so much – glad you and your husband liked the recipe! (And yes, the onions are very easy…and very good with it, too.)

  • Badger Bob
    February 28, 2020 5:36pm

    This looks wonderful. I am a big fan of pork shoulder, braised or smoked. I have recently stumbled onto your site and I know I am going to enjoy it. I imagine as busy as you must be you don’t reply much to comments. I have a question. Would this recipe be popular in France, in restaurants, in homes? Curious

    • February 29, 2020 9:40am
      David Lebovitz

      Chiles and smoky flavors aren’t so well-represented in France, except in the Basque region but young people are becoming accustomed to them. A few Texas-style bbqs opened in Paris and they’re very popular!

  • Re
    February 28, 2020 9:56pm

    Late to the conversation because I use your site as my end of the week reward. I have your stories in mind while cooking your recipes. If I cook the recipes enough with my friends/family, my own stories evolve. Love your site and your books. Thanks!

  • Mary Beth Halsey
    February 29, 2020 12:17am

    This is just excellent! Wow!

  • Blanca
    February 29, 2020 1:52pm

    Thank you David for a great recipe and for not including cumin. Not all Mexican dishes have cumin as it seems to be believed in the US.

    You made my Saturday! Every weekend, first thing, I read your post. Always enjoyable!!

    • March 1, 2020 9:56am
      David Lebovitz

      There is a trend to use a lot of cumin and it’s one of those spices that works very well if added in small quantities, but when there’s too much, it just tastes like sweat. A French chocolate company made chocolate with cumin in it, and gave me a sample. The taste was overwhelming and although I made a cake with it, the company eventually stopped making it : )

  • Michael O
    March 1, 2020 9:26am

    I just have to say a big Thank You for all the posts on your blog and all the recipes. Everything we made from cookies to ribs, soups and chocolate deserts turned out delicious. We are addicted to your recipes, being from the blog or your cook books everything comes out wonderful. Also enjoy all the stories and photos before the recipe, it just makes everything more interesting.
    One question, what is the red side next to the pork and beans? Red onion maybe?

    • March 1, 2020 9:54am
      David Lebovitz

      Glad you are enjoying the recipes! Those are pickled red onions, which are easy to make and go very well with dishes like this.

  • Gardener&Cook
    March 1, 2020 8:16pm

    Good. Fork tender. Surprising barbeque flavor. Smoky chipotle favor downplayed. Recommend trimming excess fat from pork before marinating. Served with rewarmed leftover roasted potatoes and blanched pearl onions. Would also be good with a southwestern chopped salad and warm tortillas.

  • Nancy E. Sutton
    March 3, 2020 5:39pm

    Ditto to all your fans!! And the nerve of the complainers! they don’t deserve your recipes, if they’re not worth a little scrolling! (There are a million other food blogs for them.)

    Plus, I love how comprehensive your recipes are…it shows your care for your readers, and gives many of us the confidence that we can repeat your successes.

    And, you take me to the ‘real’ Paris, and put a smile on my face :) Thanks

    • March 4, 2020 2:14pm
      David Lebovitz

      Whenever I’ve been asked to speak about food blogging, I always stress that it’s about giving (like writing about food) – that you’re giving someone a story or recipe, and to think of the reader. That’s my goal and while I don’t always reach it, perhaps, it is my objective. Glad you like the recipes! : )

  • Christine M McGrath
    March 4, 2020 12:17am

    It is because of your commentary that I have become a better cook. Please don’t ever change! Your recipes and commentary are fun, informative, and enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your talent and your world with us. ❤️

  • Kurt
    March 4, 2020 4:39am

    Love this recipe for Slow-cooked Chipotle Pork. Also loved the SEO tips in this recipe for Slow-cooked Chipotle Pork :D

  • March 4, 2020 11:57pm

    You say that “some of the people objected to having to scroll down a post to get to the recipe, because they didn’t like scrolling.”

    My wife and I read your posts, and your books (she just bought Drinking French, and we have three other of your books). We read you not for your recipes, but your commentary — yes, we love your recipes, but the world is full of recipe-purveyors but has few people that can deliver not only the recipe but also a pleasurable story to go with it. Please don’t skimp on your stories to please your Twitter audience, who I’m guessing make up only a small part of those who appreciate your work. If only you still offered tours in Paris!

  • Frank
    March 6, 2020 11:43pm

    Hi David. Love your blog. Are the pigs that much smaller in France that the whole bone-in shoulder weighs only 4 pounds? Average size in the US is 9-10 pounds or more. Just curious. BTW, keep the long prose before the recipe. It’s really not that hard for the impatient people to scroll down.

  • Jeannine
    March 9, 2020 1:15am

    I made every part of this recipe today! well, except for the beans, I bought baked beans:) But the pork, pickled onions, and pineapple salsa were AMAZING!! What an incredible meal, thank you!

  • Patty
    March 9, 2020 3:54am

    I was very disappointed to hear that someone tagged you for the dislike of scrolling or the full discussion in the generous headnote. Shame on them. Your thoughtful headnotes and beautiful photographs make me a better cook/baker. I cannot thank you enough for the time you put into your newsletters and recipes.

    • March 9, 2020 8:48am
      David Lebovitz

      Well, they tagged me in the discussion but the person who did said she did it because she thought I did it right; she was referring to others (according to her) that make you scroll through a lot of content to get to the recipe. Glad you’re enjoying the book, the recipes, newsletter, and photos – thanks for chiming in!

  • March 9, 2020 8:09am

    Hi dear, don’t worry too much about the best practices, we love your content. I tried this recipe and it turned out to be super yum. Thanks a lot for sharing this.