pulled pork for easter wend - what cut to use?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bbqchris, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. So i wanna go to the butcher soon to get a cut of pork to smoke for making pulled pork on sunday me hopes.

    do i ask for a leg like in this pic

    i kno if i ask for a boston butt i will get funny looks [​IMG]

    Cheers all
  2. Hey Chris. The hind leg is more suited for ham. Thats not the cut you want for pulled pork. You want to ask for a shoulder...sometimes called a picnic shoulder, if you are planning on pulled pork. This is the same thing that we call a boston butt here in the states. You may be confusing a butt with the hind quarters of the animal. Its a misnomer, the butt actually refers to the front shoulder areas of the hog.

    Hope this helps...good luck with it, and dont forget the q-view. [​IMG]
  3. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Butt for sure![​IMG]
  4. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Tell the butcher you want the whole pork butt section that he cuts pork steak from. You guys do eat pork steak in Aussyland don't you?[​IMG]
    The leg is the ham part of the pig, you want the fron shoulder section for pulled pork!
  5. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    couple links for ya..........

    the first is the usda .pdf.........but maybe there is a Oz conversion for it


    the cut you are looking for in 406......scroll down to page 21

    the other shows where the different pork cuts are located on a hog


    you really want the boston butt..........VERY hard to mess up a butt........

    hope this helps

  6. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WD I admire you for going the extra step to help this youngin-newbe out-hats off to u.
  7. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

  8. big thanks to all - and yes i seriously did think the boston butt reffered to a cut of meat from the pigs behind.... still on that learning curve [​IMG]

    picnic shoulder it is.
    cant wait to try the finishing sauce

    be sure to get q-view for you guys


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