Pork shoulder with penja pepper and garlic marinade


My first dry-age project was done. I dry-aged a pork shoulder for 21 days, and it looked fantastic. I had to celebrate it by smoking it with some great flavors.
I tried all the different peppers in the world and decided I loved the Penja pepper the most. This was the basis of a fantastic rub for this dry-aged pork shoulder.

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Resting time 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Smoking
Servings 4 people
Calories 6 kcal


  • 1 piece Whole pork shoulder
  • 1 tbsp Penja pepper corns
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 3 pieces Fresh thyme sprigs


  • Grind the peppercorns in a mortar and pestle. Add the garlic cloves and crush them with the pepper until a coarse paste starts to form.
  • Add the parsley, salt and thyme leaves and grind it to an even paste.
  • Rub this on the pork shoulder and let it sit while you start the smoker.
  • Start up your smoker to a temperature of 160°C (320F). Place the pork shoulder and stick a thermometer in the thickest part. Then close the lid.
  • Smoke the meat to a core temperature off 70°C (158F).
  • Take the pork shoulder out of the smoker and let it rest for half an hour before you dig in.



Calories: 6kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3540mgPotassium: 21mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 86IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Pork leg, Smoked
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