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Boston Butt/Fresh Ham/shoulder

What is the difference?
I'm not the sharpest knnife in the drawer and the quickest way from my question to an answer is from my friends in the forum.
I've considered a Boston Butt but still am a little confused. I know parts is parts but they don't all always cook the same.
Thanks in advance. Gonna try to make the thing in Waldorf MD in April hope to meet some of you there.


  • Carey, the way I understand it is, the Boston Butt is the butt end of the pork shoulder. It's like a ham, but from the southern end of the hog. HAAA! Just a little dig at my northern friends..

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,377
    The shoulder has two parts. The picnic, and the Boston Butt (sometimes called a blade roast). Both make good pulled pork. I understand the picnic has a slightly ham-ier taste. It also has a thick skin on it usually. The Boston butt is the upper part of the shoulder. It makes killer pulled pork. Quite a bit of fat. [p]In this area, the country style ribs, are actually pork shoulder cut into fat strips. [p]Didn't fully understand your question, but I hope this helps.
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  • CatCat Posts: 556
    Carey,[p]The shoulder is from the pig's front leg. The upper part of it is the Boston butt (makes a lot of sense, huh?); the lower part is the picnic. [p]Fresh ham is from the hind leg of the pig.[p]Hope to see you at Eggfest -[p]Cathy
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  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    Carey,[p]Cook the picnic and butt cuts exactly the same - low and slow (200-225 for as long as it takes to reach an internal temp of 185-200). The ham requires a higher temp (300-350) and is cooked like a roast.[p]Spin

  • Spin,et al
    Thanks I think I'm going to start with the ham and later in the spring try the butt.
    Again, thanks!

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