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different butt question

edited 11:20PM in EggHead Forum
Every time i talk to my butcher, we seem to get confused about what is a butt, shoulder, picnic, etc... What exactly should I be asking for, and how big do these different cuts run, lbs wise? I want to make pulled pork. Thanks in advance for all replies.


  • Seth Howard,
    Some places will call a butt a shoulder but a shoulder is the butt and picnic attached to each other.
    Butts will run 5 to 7 pounds normally.
    A picnic will be the bottom section of the front shoulder and will normally be skin on with a thick fat cover between the skin and flesh.
    If your after butt ask for Boston butt or sometime shoulder blade roast. Made a lot easier, RIGHT?

  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Jim Minion, somebody poste dthis sometime ago and I have kept it around:
    Boston butt = Boston roast = pork butt roast = pork shoulder Boston butt = Boston-style shoulder = Boston shoulder = Boston-style butt = fresh pork butt
    Notes: This economical, rectangular roast is the cut of choice for pulled pork barbecue, since it's marbled with enough fat to keep the meat moist while cooking. You can buy it bone-in or boneless. Substitutes: pork picnic roast (also works for pulled pork) OR pork center cut loin roast (This is lower in fat, so roast it at a lower temperature and avoid overcooking it.) 2 hours per pound at 225 degrees is a good rule of thumb. Remember this is for the individual piece of meat not the total weight. Two 5 pound butts (10 pounds total) should cook in about 10 hours as long as there is some separation on the grill.

  • Mr BeerMr Beer Posts: 121
    Seth Howard,
    Here's a web site that I found that explains the different cuts of pork, what they are used for and cuts that can be used for substitutions. Kind of interesting reading.[p]Mr Beer

    [ul][li]Info on cuts of pork[/ul]
  • Mr Beer,
    Great link! Thank you. I will actually take the photos in to my butcher so we can look at them together and get what i am looking for. I can't wait to do PP this weekend. He is a great butcher, i think it was me that was messing things up.

  • Wise One,
    Nice Info

  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,508
    Wise One,
    Definitely good info. I often see them labelled as "pork shoulder bade roast" around here. Maybe that could be added to the long equation![p]Dunkels to you.
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  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Nature Boy, was that a "blade roast". I thought that was only on the cow. Am I wrong? I must be to some degree since the skeletal anatomy of the pig and cow are pretty similar.

  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Wise One, Iwas wrong. Here is a pretty good web page.

    [ul][li]Zupans Pork-Cuts[/ul]
  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Seth Howard, print this out and take it to ypour butcher and say "Give me what's in the upper left." That ought to do it.

    [ul][li]Culinary Cafe Pork Cuts Picture[/ul]
  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,971
    Seth Howard,[p]I've done a bunch of Boston Butts over the last couple of years but this weekend I'm going to do my first 'picnic shoulder'. I'm told that it had a different flavor (slightly better?) than a butt. Our friends here on the forum assure me that the cook is just like that of a butt. The one difference for me this cook is I will be using MickeyT's smoke rings To control the heat looking forward to the whole thing.

  • Sundown,
    The flavor is closer to that of an uncured ham than butt.

  • GfwGfw Posts: 1,598
    Wise One, can't be much clearer than that! [p]Making a little trip down to Charleston, SC next weekend - love that city - good food, good drink - what more could you ask for![p]Life is GOOD :~}

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