Pork ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stevetheteacher, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Other than size, what is the difference between pork butt and pork picnic?
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In general terms, the butt is cut high up on the front shoulder.

    The "Picnic" is cut further down the front arm.

    Some different muscles.  Some different cooking tendencies.

    Butt for pulled pork and sausage would be my choice.

    Picnic still great meat.  Especially the cushion. When I was a kid, my parents had lived through the depression.  We ate a lot of "hams"  made from the "Picnic".  We don't see those much in stores these days.

    Do a search?  I bet Pops has a couple of tutorials with pics that would be of great help.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The Butt is just more meat for the money. The Picnic has a big bone, more surface fat and skin that has to be removed before smoking. The only time, I feel, the Picnic is the better choice is if you find them at <$1.50 per pound...JJ
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  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  5. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    The Picnic  is a much leaner cut of pork that requires a lot more attention. I would recommend injection and mopping  or spritzing .
  6. Dumb question - Do I remove the twine before smoking?
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Steve I tied one the other day and left the twine on.


    Out of the smoke

  8. Thanks, Richie!!!
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would guess you got a boned out picnic.

    Leave the twine on.

    Good luck and good smoking.

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