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Boston butt vs. Shoulder?

MaciekMaciek Posts: 54
edited 7:36AM in EggHead Forum
I'm making pulled pork for a new years day celebration. I've always done boston butt, but after trips to three stores, I could only find pork shoulder.

Is there any difference to cooking shoulders as opposed to butts? I am still planning on going low and slow at 250 overnight. Thanks!



  • Same thing. Boston Butt = pork shoulder roast
  • Both the same...and both low and slow!!
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    They both come off the front leg.Butt is the top,what you have is the bottom portion.I actually prefer the cut you have for pulled pork.Cook the same as a Butt.
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Butt is the upper half of the "shoulder". Picnic is the lower half.
    Yes, 250ish until 195deg internal for either cut.
  • popagar0popagar0 Posts: 136
    you wont go wrong with one or the other. i have done both,they make great pulled pork
  • My understanding is that a shoulder is the cut that includes _both_ the butt and picnic as one piece of meat. The shoulder can be separated into a butt and a picnic. I am wondering if the question is about a butt vs a picnic, not a shoulder which would be about a 15 to 20 pound cut (depending), vs about 8 pounds for a butt or picnic.

    Did two shoulders last weekend. Photos on my phone. Will post later this weekend.
  • When you guys say slow and low can I assume you are also using a plate setter and drip pan?
  • MaciekMaciek Posts: 54
    Thanks for the responses. I do believe I have two picnics, not entire shoulders. I just wanted to double check with the experts.

    Happy new years to all!
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