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Ralph Bartley



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19 11 7:12 am    Post subject: Picnic or Boston Butt Reply with quote

A friend of mine told me at church this morning that he did a picnic cut instead of normally doing his boston butt. What is the difference in the two cuts? Which is better for pulled pork?

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SoEzzy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19 11 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The butt and picnic together make up a full, (whole), shoulder.

The butt gives the best pulled pork IMO, followed by whole shoulder, followed lastly by the picnic.

To me it's a texture thing, the multiple muscle groups of the butt provide a varied texture, the picnic has much fewer groups and a more ham like texture, (not a hammy flavor just the texture).

Whole shoulder has both the mixed multitude and the ham texture from the picnic.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21 11 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the butt (no rumours please), but my last 3 smokes have been whole shoulders split into butts and picnics. slight texture difference, but the biggest difference I found is in the prep.

The butt is easier to trim than the picnic if you're doing it yourself (although that said, neither one is rocket science!).

Mix'em up and nobody will know the difference!
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BigChuck
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15 11 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I only smoke boston butts, I find they are easiest to pull, plus its very easy to tell when they are done. When you can pull out the bone you are done.
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Mike Lawry
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15 11 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with all the above.

Butt, Ill take picnic any day when there on sale for .99 cent @ lb . ( for backyard bbq).



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animal
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15 11 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make a porketta in the oven with the picnic
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Notdumasilook



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14 12 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just like Mike there... i'll take whichever is on sale. Butts will give you more meat per lb but heck I love the taste of both butts and picnics (and any other part of the noble swine).
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14 12 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I like big butts and I can not lie". I too prefer the Boston Butt over the picnic. As So Ezzy stated it is due to the texture.
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