Pork Oyster Shoulder

Have you ever tried a pork oyster shoulder? Seriously this cut of pork it absolutely delicious, we can’t shout about it enough! If you haven’t already now is the time to make friends with your local butcher and get your hands on this beautiful cut of pork. Perfect for slow roasting, this dish is going to be the perfect addition to any Sunday table. Let us show you how to cook a pork oyster shoulder, that is certain to be a crowd pleaser.

Pork roast served on shared platter with condiments.

What is a pork oyster shoulder?

Part of the shoulder, the oyster cut has the blade bone running through it but with the fore shank removed. As the shoulder muscles do a lot of work this meat has great flavour. The lamb oyster shoulder is an increasing popular cut but is also a delicious thought not common enough piece of pork! So chat to your local butcher to get your hands on this delicious cut of meat!

We are lucky enough here in New Zealand to have the outstanding Havoc Farm Pork, their commitment to animal welfare and sustainability can be tasted in the quality of their meat.

How to cook an oyster shoulder.

The oyster shoulder is the perfect cut for low and slow. The longer it’s cooked the more delicious and flavoursome the meat will be!

To prepare the pork, first place it on a board and pat it dry with paper towels. Season the flesh side with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Score the skin in 1cm intervals, using a sharp knife or blade. Rub in a good amount of salt and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. This will draw the moisture out of the skin. After 30 mins pat the skin dry again and remove excess salt using a paper towel. This will help create the perfect pork skin!!

Pork oyster shoulder on baking tray.

To cook the pork, use carrots, onions and apples to create a base layer in your roasting dish ad place the pork on top. Cook the meat on 240 ° C / 464 °F for the first 30 mins to allow the skin to start crackling. Then turn down the heat to 150 ° C / 302 °F for another 4 hours, to create mouth watering meat. Once finished allow to rest for 30 mins before serving.

Serving suggestions.

A great dish for serving as a shared platter, for family roasts or special occasions. Depending on the season you could serve this pork with hot sides or delicious salads.

Here are some delicious sides we would recommend with this pork shoulder:

Roasted Heirloom Carrot Salad
Thai salad
Warm butternut squash salad
Plated fresh greek salad with dressing

Seriously you wont regret the time spent on producing this delicious dish and once the meat is in the oven the heat is doing all the hard work for you! Let us show you how to cook a pork oyster shoulder and we absolutely want to hear your feedback on this one… ENJOY!

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Happy cooking!

Roasted pork shoulder with crispy skin.


First posted 22nd May 2021, updated 8th April 2022.

Pork Oyster Shoulder

This seriously delicious cut of pork is great slow roasted and such a crowd pleaser. Let us show you how to cook this tasty cut to perfection.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Sunday Roast
Cuisine: Roast dinner
Keyword: Family favourites, Low and slow, Oyster Shoulder, Pork, slow roasted, Sunday Roast, Weekend dinners
Servings: 6
Author: Shane Avant


  • 1 Pork oyster shoulder See note 1
  • 3 Garlic bulbs
  • 3 Carrot
  • 3 Apples
  • 2 Onions
  • Salt and pepper To season


  • Preheat your oven to 240 ° C / 464 °F
  • Place your pork on your board and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Season the flesh side with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Using a razor blade or sharp knife score the skin side at 1cm intervals.
  • Rub in a good amount of salt and allow it to sit for 30 minutes, this will draw out the moisture from the skin.
  • Pat off any moisture with paper towels.
  • Cut your carrots, onions and apples in half, lay on the base of your roasting dish, as well as your full bulbs of garlic.
  • Place your pork on top of the vegetable base.
  • Place into your pre heated oven for 30 minutes to allow the skin to start to blister and crackle.
  • Turn down the heat to 150 °C / 302°F and continue cooking for 4 hours.
  • Once soft and tender, allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with the apples, carrots, onions and garlic, alongside your choice of sides.


Note 1 – Pork oyster shoulder bone in and skin on, speak to your local butcher about this cut.

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