Schaufele, Franconia dish, Wuerzburg, meal

Schäufele, a speciality from my hometown Würzburg

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Schäufele (Schaufele translates to small shovel) is a traditional dish that is mainly served in my hometown Würzburg and the Franconia region of Germany. Every year, at my class reunion,  I treat myself to this meal when meeting at a restaurant with my former classmates. When finished cooking, it resembles something between grilled pork shank and pork chops. Crispy and juicy, it is my favorite meal when in Lower Franconia.

As sides I recommend Bavarian Sauerkraut and German Potato Dumplings, or my favorite and easy German Semmelknoedel Bread Dumplings

Preparation of the Schaufele:

Lately I have been using my Instant Pot more often, and the meat comes out juicer with more aroma. My method is to grill/char the seasoned pork pieces on the grill for about 3 minutes from each side until browned. Fill the Instant Pot with 1 cup dark beer and 1 cup water, veggies like onion, carrots and celery. Pressure cook about 10 minutes a pound, about 30 to 35 minutes for the 3 pieces. Adjust by weight. Slow release 5 minutes. Open and season, add some wine or beer and thicken the sauce.