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Wondering about the necessity of washing pork butts?

I have always hewed to the principal that you wash your pork butts off after you pull them from the cryovac before you prep them. But I am contemplating some larger cook for church groups, etc. that may involve quite a few more butts than I normally do and washing them all seems impractical. It occurred to me that BBQ restaurants probably don't wash all the dozens of butts they prep daily, although i could be wrong. And I found some supporting documentation from USDA that says you don't need to wash pork. Still, it is a hard thing for me to get comfortable with. Curious as to what those on here with catering/restaurant experience have to say about this issue. Thanks!

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  • Ron, I asked the same question last night here.  The consensus seems to be to at least wipe off with a papertowel.  We also agreed it best to keep your butt clean.  :))

    Ernie McClain

    Scottsbluff, Nebraska

    (in the extreme western panhandle of NE)

  • I wonder if the Charmin wipes would be better
  • Sorry for the repetitive post. I did a search and didn't see anything - must have used the wrong keywords!

    Thanks for the info...
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    I don't wash anything...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • twlangantwlangan Posts: 297
    I don't clean my butt. It might take you a while to get used to it, but the freedom you gain is exhilarating.  :)
  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    I've never washed one, but I always get them as dry as I can with paper towels.

    Tim
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    twlangan said:

    I don't clean my butt. It might take you a while to get used to it, but the freedom you gain is exhilarating.  :)

    That's wrong
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    I would even say clean tube steak as well.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    IrishDevl said:

    I would even say clean tube steak as well.

    This thread is going down ...hill
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    henapple said:

    IrishDevl said:

    I would even say clean tube steak as well.

    This thread is going down ...hill
    Hot dogs dude, get your mind out of the gutter.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    Still wrong...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    OK, my humblest apologies. Keep it dirty.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 19,660
    No reason to rinse it.  If it's too wet, pat off the moisture.  It's not going to be any drier after you rinse it.  If you smell sulfur, that'll cook off.  The liquid in the cryovac bag is just juice from the pork.  It's inside the pork too, ya can't wash that off.
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