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Bone-in vs. boneless Boston Butt

edited 1:10PM in EggHead Forum
Is there a difference in cooking times/methods for bone-in versus boneless Boston Butts? I just bought a Boston Butt but didn't realize it was boneless until I got home. I bought a bone-in picnic cut 2 weeks ago and things went well, but I'm wondering what effects the bone has during the cook. TIA[p]Chris


  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I would not think there would be that much. Just monitor the temp and see how it goes.[p]I've picked these up and used them to grind up for pork burgers/sausage before, just the right amount of fat IMHO.

  • ccraig4604,[p]In theory, the bone-in version should take longer to cook (like chicken with bone) but because of the variance in cooking times with a butt or picinic, It would be nearly impossible to tell what difference the bone has, you'd never get two identical pieces of meat to test! [p]If your butt finishes early, just wrap it in foil, then towels and stick it in a cooler. It should keep hot and "pullable" for up to four hours (actually it will stay hot longer but 4 hours is about as long as you can safely store in cool-down mode before having to stick it in the fridge or start cooking it again).[p]-r
  • ccraig4604, Don't know the relative cook times of bone in versus boneless BBs, but the bone is useful to determine when the butt is done. When the meat is loose on the bone I kow it's ready for pulling. Without the bone you will have to resort to some high science tactic like temperature monitoring to determine doneness. Since a bone can be used in place of a thermometer, I think I'll hang one on the back porch.[p]Bill

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