Do Your Pork Butts Come with Skin On?

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by rabbithutch, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HEB in Texas has been running port butts, cryo wrapped, bone in, for 97¢ a pound for the last week or so. I picked up a couple in the middle of last week. I didn't pay much attention to anything but size when I got them; but when I opened them up for the wash up and rub, I found that one of them still had the pork skin intact. I've never bought one with the skin still on the butt before. Knowing that pigskin is tough enough to kick around all day in a pasture (Andy Griffith's What It Was Was Football), I took my boning knife and cut the skin off leaving as much of the fat as I could.

    When you buy cryo-packed butts, are then skinned or not?
     
  2. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Over here in the UK, we often get the Shoulders with the skin on.
     
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never seen one with skin on. A picnic is another story. I think yours slipped through, cause a butt by classification has the skin removed.

    Item No. 406 - Pork Shoulder, Boston Butt

    This item is as described in Item No. 403except that the picnic is removed as described in Item No. 405. Skin, neck bones and related cartilage shall be removed. At least traces of false lean shall be exposed. When specified, the neck shall be removed by a straight cut approximately parallel to the loin side, immediately anterior to the pectorales profundus.
     
  4. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    I've got six of them in the freezer and smoked two a week or so ago.  They were also from HEB and no skin on the two.  Maybe one just got past someone at the plant.
     
  5. wazzuqer

    wazzuqer Smoke Blower

    I'd like to get some pork buts for that price...Safeway in Eastern WA has them for $1.79 LB. Which for here is a good deal, payed $2.79 LB for a butt last weekend...guess I was a little early...
     
  6. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Never seen skin, weird, but that is a great price.  I would lose my mind if I saw 99c butts. 
     
  7. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Since only one piece had skin, was it maybe a whole shoulder that had been cut for the butt and picnic?
     
  8. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Damn 99 cents and it comes with the makins of Pork Rinds,I'd be all over that.

    Richie
     
  9. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, folks!

    I think it was just a one-off that I happened on. I will look more carefully from now on when buying.

    Yep. 99¢ a pound is a no brainer for me on pork butts. Now, if I could just find whole briskets at that price . . .
     
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You find them don't post it PM me,I'll be there in about 28 hrs. LOL

    Richie
     

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