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JodyMoJodyMo Posts: 46
edited 2:52AM in EggHead Forum
The grocery store here has whole picnics for $0.79 a pound.
I have done boston butts, but this looks like it has more bone.
Otherwise, it would seem to be very comparable, since it's part of the same shoulder.
I plan to cook it for approximately the same amount of time as a BB,
using Elder Ward's method (except maybe 220 instead of 200).
Anything else I should know about from those who have done picnics?


  • WooDoggiesWooDoggies Posts: 2,390
    JodyMo,[p]Good price on that pork!
    It is my understanding that picnics and BB's are one in the same. So do it as you normally would. I also shoot for the 225-230 as it seems easier to maintain than 200 with no difference in the quality of the cook.[p]Country style ribs tonight for me.
    5 hours and counting til beer-thirty.[p]WD[p][p]

  • JodyMoJodyMo Posts: 46
    Sounds good...
    Yeah, Fridays are the hardest!
    Enjoy those ribs and cold ones-

  • WardsterWardster Posts: 962
    How about the skin? Would you suggest removing this? I think picnics usually have skin wrapped around them. Would this dry up and be pullable?

    Apollo Beach, FL
  • nikkignikkig Posts: 514
    The picnic is usually just the lower part of the shoulder, whereas the butt is just the top half. I personally have never done a picnic, but people say they have a different flavor from the butts. Some people like to cut off some of the skin or score it before cooking, so that the rubs can get in to the meat. Check out the link for more on pork cuts.[p]~nikki

    [ul][li]Pork cuts[/ul]
  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Wardster, I coul dbe wrong but I think when most of us think "picnic" we think o fthe "picnic ham" which comes from the hind leg. I bought a "picnic roast" a couple of weeks back and it almost looked exactly like a boston butt. The bone was slightly different but other thna that, they looked (and tasted) quite similar.

  • WooDoggiesWooDoggies Posts: 2,390
    Wardster,[p]Nikki has a great link above... all these terms get a little confusing... eh, Wise One?
    If I buy a skin on picnic shoulder, I will cut the skin off and a good bit of the outer fat so's I can get a good bark with a rub... something about the salt, sugar, spices of the rub and fat mixing together at low heat over hours and crisping up is like a narcotic.
    There is so much fat running through the cut, you will not have a problem with the meat drying out.[p]1 hour 45 mins til beer thirty... man, it's been a long, hot week.[p]WD

  • WooDoggies,[p] The picnic roast is the lower part of the pork shoulder, the Boston butt is the upper part. See:[p]This Link[p]for pictures. I have three picnic roasts rubbed down and in the fridge right now for the weekend. I usually take the skin off, leaving as much of the fat as possible on there (my preference is to let as much fat baste the meat while cooking as possible). An alternative is to score the skin and leave it on. I normally apply the rub, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. I like to let it sit in the fridge, wrapped like this, for 2-3 days. I then smoke low-and-slow overnight over a mix of sugar maple and pecan. I start out with heavy smoke at about 180F and let the temperature creep up to about 225F. I stabilize it there, then crank it up to 275F or so if necessary after the meat has finished the plateau . . .[p]MikeO
  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    WooDoggies,[p]I agree with Mike entirely on the cooking method. I prefer to remove as much fat as possible with the skin (one piece)to expose the meat for the rub. I then add the skin back on as the meat moves through the plateau (165-170°F) for basting purposes.[p]Spin
  • WooDoggiesWooDoggies Posts: 2,390
    Spin,[p]I'll let you and Mike cook for me anytime as I like the sound of your method and have taken notes.
    Spin I've sampled your cooking before and will be the first in line next time. Mike, well, I've seen you eat NB's ribs and though it wasn't pretty :~)..... what time will those picnic roasts be ready on sunday? I figure you're about 2 hours down the road from me.
    Large beers all around.[p]WD

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