OK this turned out great. My wife bought a small Boston pork butt on sale and I was thinking what could I do to make this really awesome. Then it came to me. Smoked pork stew.
First I brined it in the basic brine recipe in a previous posting. I left it in overnight and cold smoked it for about an hour the next morning. I let it rest for two hours in the fridge so the smoke would penetrate the meat then I cut it into two big chunks and browned them in a large saute pan. I put the chunks in a crockpot and added a box of chicken stock. Next I sauteed some diced celery, carrots and onions to the pot. I also added 2 cans of diced tomatoes, dried oregano, chopped parsley, bay leaf, ground black pepper, a little brown sugar and a little salt. I left it on high for 4 hours.
The result was incredible. the meat just fell apart and was like the best BBQ you ever had but with a savory smokey sauce.
We served it with grits with fresh corn in it.
We also make sandwiches and tacos with the left overs.
Now that's economical and tasty too.