Bone-in vs boneless pork butt question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rc1991, May 23, 2010.

  1. rc1991

    rc1991 Smoke Blower

    While I was smoking my boneless pork butt (from Costco) yesterday I got to thinking - does a bone-in pork shoulder take less time to cook than a boneless one? Does the bone heat up and help cook it internally? Less fat, etc. to render because of the space the bone takes up? Just curious more than anything. They didn't have bone-in ones at Costco but one of our other local supermarkets did. I guess the ultimate test would be to get 2 of the same weight - one with bone and one without and try!!
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Doesn't really make much difference; what is more pronounced is connective tissue and stall times which can vary widely from one butt to the next, regardless of bone-in or bone-out.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What pops said it won't matter to much butwas there a difference in the price per pound??? I really have a problem in paying someone else to remove the bone when I can smoke it and it almost gives me the bone. But for your question it won't make any difference in the smoke time.
  4. rc1991

    rc1991 Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys - I was just curious more than anything - I think the boneless was a little more expensive per pound at Costco compared to the bone-in at the supermarket but not by too much - I don't actually remember the Costco price off hand but it was a bit more than the 0.99 cents a pound for the bone in. Quality wise it was very good though.
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not so sure about time, but you will give more flavor with the bone-in butt.
  6. id2nv2nj2ca

    id2nv2nj2ca Smoke Blower

    My, how times have changed.  Just picked up two boneless butts at Costco last night.  $1.75/lb. [​IMG]

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