Money muscle

Discussion in 'Pork' started by imjesse1, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. imjesse1

    imjesse1 Meat Mopper

    Where is the money muscle and how/when do I remove it for slicing?
  2. stanton

    stanton Fire Starter

    When you buy a two pack of butts, the money muscle is usually positioned away from each other in the packaging. If you are looking at a single butt, there are three sides that are cut, and one side with a rounded edge. On that edge are chevron shaped striations. That edge is the money muscle. The money muscle usually gets done before the rest of the butt. If you are doing pulled pork, you can just leave it attached until the other portions are done and then pull it all at the same time.

    If you are trying to do slices with the money muscle, remove it from the butt when it hits 194F, and put the remainder back on until it gets done.  Then you can slice it into pieces that are about an inch thick when you are ready to serve.

    Is this question geared toward backyard cooking or are you doing competition?
  3. imjesse1

    imjesse1 Meat Mopper

    I'll be doing a competition in June (first one)
    I make a lot of pulled pork but never messed with the money muscle. I make 5-6 shoulders a weekend and just sell all the pulled pork , I do it because I like to and want practice so now I want to start Experimenting with that part of the pork

    Can I cook the money muscle separate?
  4. imjesse1

    imjesse1 Meat Mopper

    Also I pull at IT 190
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  6. stanton

    stanton Fire Starter

    If it is a KCBS sanctioned competition, each piece of pork should you cook must be at least 5 lbs raw.  So, no you probably won't be able to find a 5 lb money muscle.  I started comp cooking in 2010 and can tell you about all the mistakes I have made, so you won't feel the need to go start your own list.  I am not familiar with MBN sanctioned contests.

  7. Can you leave the money muscle attached to the butt. And remove for turn in

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