Picnic Shoulder or Butt?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by saltbranch, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. saltbranch

    saltbranch Smoke Blower

    Did my 1st Picnic this past weekend and it came out great. I have my Son's B-day party this Sunday and he wants pulled pork again. So having never done a Butt, is it any better for pulled pork over a shoulder? My current plan is to cook saturday and reheat in crockpot for the party Sunday.

  2. jrod

    jrod Fire Starter

    There are two parts to a pork shoulder, one is the picnic which is what you have already done then the butt (aka Boston Butt.) It's all shoulder just different parts.

    I forget the difference, I started out with the bone in butt and never had a picnic. I know I went with the butt for some reason as I think it has been favored over the picnic.

    Sorry I couldn't be more help but I'm sure someone else will.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    The shoulders my way are about .60 a pound cheaper and if smoked right about the same in taste, purists will insist on a butt, I say try one and be the judge. Here's a cut chart for you.[​IMG]

  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I say do a butt this time & let us know which one you like better.
  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I am in for the Butt...I Just like doing a Butt than having a picnic...
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Pound for Pound the Butt (upper shoulder) is more meaty with less waste, skin, fat and bone, than a Picnic (lower leg). BUT the Picnic being a more active group of muscles, is made up of somewhat more connective tissue (collagen) and along with having more bone in contact with the meat, may yield a more flavorful batch of PP. As my esteemed colleagues above have stated, try the Butt this time and see if you have a preference...JJ
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    X2 on JJ.  With the extra waste on the picnic, the price would have to be quite a bit less to balance the cost.  If cost and waste are not an issue?  Why not try both and let us know how it goes?

    Good luck and good smoking
  8. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You guys beat me to it.

    Some folks have done Picnic and Butts and mix during shredding to get the best of both worlds

    I usually do Butts but on occasion will do picnic depending on price and availability.
  9. saltbranch

    saltbranch Smoke Blower

    Doing 1 of each is what was thinking...will post up pics this weekend
  10. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]My vote

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