Need to go Pork shopping

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cmayna, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ask me anything about making smoked Salmon or Salmon Jerky and I can chat all night, but ask me how to make pulled pork, I know nada.  Thus the beginning of my bombardment of questions.

    I see in Bearcarver's fantastic Q view, he went for a Boston Butt, bone in roast.  Is this the typical choice of pork to buy?    Is there a favored rub to put on the outside?  Jeff's rub?

  2. Yep butt is the choice. I use a different rub that I make, kinda a jamacian jerk rub but will use my rib rub with it from time to time. I never used Jeff's but Im sure it is fine.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2014
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bone or no bone?   What's the advantage of going with bone?
  4. I honestly cannot tell a difference. I have smoked all kinds of port roast. I have done a  boneless "Picnic" roast. I have done shoulders, i have done raw ham cuts (seemed lean). They all pretty much all taste the same, the finished pulled product was a little different (I remember the ham being more in 3"- 4" strands, but that may have been just the way I pulled that particular product). I have not ran into a hunk of pork that did not taste great off the smoker. Regarding bone in or not. I could not taste a difference, supposedly the bone "sends flavor" into the meat. Personally, i could care less if it has a bone or not. If the price is right, i'm taking it home. I am sure there are others out there that will attest that bone-in is the only way to go. I've said all that to say this "I think it all comes down to personal preference." 
  5. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with Casey that for the most part it doesn't matter, (bone-in vs no bone). If you're cooking for a bunch of people, they won't noticed the difference. But if I'm cooking just for me, ultimately I think the bone it is somewhat better. I use jeff's rub, but if I can get some rub from Memphis Red Hot and Blue restaraunt, I like to use that.

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