Need a decent butcher for pork fast!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nickbailey, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. I'm going out to buy a whole pork shoulder for a BBQ I have coming up in a week or so. So I goto one of my local butchers that i've used from time to time. They had Porks Legs out there, but they didn't look like back legs. So I ask "Are these front or back legs?" the response I get is "I dunno, it's just a leg."

    SO to say the least i'm mad. And the only other local butcher that I can think of is Witteveen's which is mainly beef. So does anybody here know of any half decent butchers in Southern Ontario/Kitchener-Waterloo are?

    And if not...should I just keep pressing this other butcher to find out whether they're front or back legs?
  2. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nick, I know I'm not from your area, but a back leg will be shaped like a bone in ham, or kind of ball shaped on the big end. A shoulder or front leg will be more recetangle in shape and flat, maybe 6" thick or so, with the leg or shank on the bottom. Maybe this will help.
  3. Hhmmmm. Ok, i'll probably go back up sometime this week and take another look...hopefully I'll get more helpful staff this time as well.
  4. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nick I'm sorry I can't help you on this. But I do want to thank you for making me LMAO. What kind of lame answer was that to give you? I don't know how I would of handled a situation like that. Good luck and I hope you can find a front leg.
  5. Yeah, pretty much I just started laughing...then they asked me if I wanted one? I just said no while laughing and left.
  6. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nick, I'm no expert by far......but a good site to check out what Shortone is talking about is Click on pork and you will find charts of every cut there is.

    Hope this helps.
  7. Ok, guys, I'm new and all but....don't come at me with [​IMG] cuz I don't know, but "what's the difference"?

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