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Picnic Shoulder for Pulled Pork?

Folks, Has anyone done a picnic shoulder for pulled pork? Any advice? Ice


  • Cookbook_ChipCookbook_Chip Posts: 725
    Yep! Cook the same as a butt to 195-200f and eat!
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 329
    Yes, you can. It's OK but tastes a little hammy. That said a whole shoulder is really good (butt and picnic). Best I've done is two butts and a picnic.
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,356
    Is it raw, unsmoked, or brined and smoked? Should not be a problem, just taste a little different.
    Large, small and mini SW Austin
  • mokadirmokadir Posts: 114
    I've done both picnic ham (ie shoulder) and butts and I can be sure that you would not be able to tell them apart after rubbed, smoked and pulled.
    Delaware Valley, PA Large BGE, CGS adjustable rig, iQue110, High-Que grate
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 5,862
    I can tell the difference, but it's all good!  Light it up!


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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 7,562
    The picnic is sweeter...but still really good.  I did a butt and picnic once and took a vote and the picnic actually won by a small margin. 

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • milesbrown4milesbrown4 Posts: 314
    Absolutely agree - get it to 195-200 and its all good.  Makes a good heap for a family, anyhow.
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 5,862
    The picnic is sweeter...but still really good.  I did a butt and picnic once and took a vote and the picnic actually won by a small margin. 
    I always get butts for pulled pork, but a while ago picnic were on sale and I think my inner cheapskate took over for me.  I prefer the butt, but the taste of the picnic was good.  The skin turned out rubbery.  I was going to crisp it up but my back was turned and one of my Mom's dogs nabbed it.  Was it wrong of me to hope it choked on it?


    Shangri la where life is beautiful and everybody's happy.

  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,386
    Kroger had picnic's on sale last week, @fred19flintstone my inner cheapskate as well was tempted, but the skin and look of what was available turned me off.  And, Kroger does 99 cents a pound on butts pretty often, I keep at least 3 frozen for emergency feeding of the masses 


  • BigGreenBBQBigGreenBBQ Posts: 109

    I have only done butts but have eaten both.  I agree on the "hammy" taste to picnic.  I have also heard that in the south -- picnic is the king.  Picnic is also supposed to have more bone in it and many think the more bone the more flavor. You could always use the extra skin for cracklings...


  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    "FRESH" picnic ham cooks the same as a boston pork butt, but has more fat in it and tastes like boston pork butt with less bark due to the fat. Thats always been my experience with them. They are a cheaper cut, but when you consider the fat content, the boston butt is the better deal .
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