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bets on what I'll get at the butcher tomorrow?

Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
edited 1:31AM in EggHead Forum
Yesterday, I popped into my local butcher, and requested the top half of a pork shoulder, bone-in, in preparation for my first cook with the brand new Stoker! :D Really looking forward to trying it out. It's almost "easy mode" cooking... hehe

Anyway, he merrily runs to the walk-in cooler, and pulls out an entire pork shoulder, which looked FAR larger than any pork shoulder I've ever seen (and I'm from Texas), and said "you want the butt?"


He then motions along what appeared to be some ribs and the the loin... but it couldn't have been, could it? I mean, I could see the hoof, the picnic... but there it was, the top looked like a few spare ribs and part of a loin.

Methinks I'll be getting not only the boston butt, "butt" also some of the loin and a few spare ribs, too!

So, think this Scottish butcher will just chop off the top half and give me everything? or just the butt part?

I asked him to have it ready for me Saturday morning, and he readily agreed. So tune in tomorrow to find out! hehe


  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 1,966
    Southlake, TX.  And any chance I get,  @ Cowhouse Creek - Gatesville, TX
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    You will only get a Butt.He will keep the other pieces.To retail out as other cuts.Just guessin. :huh:
  • Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
    Keep in mind this is the same butcher that looked at me like I was crazy for wanting a tritip. Took me like 20 minutes just to show him what exactly I wanted. Then he said they usually reserved it for "magic Chinese stir fry" :/

    And when I asked for some fat back a few weeks ago so I could render some lard, he said they grind it up for blood sausage. :/

    So, we'll see. It's amazing, going to a new country and trying to talk to butchers about meat. No such thing as a "NY Strip" here! It's like a whole new language.
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,130
    Nice chart, Scott, ver helpful!

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    ;) You may have found the wishing well! ;)
  • James MBJames MB Posts: 356
    Got back yet? !!
    First shoulder I got was huge but I guessed that was just by British standards, not Texan ones!
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