Shoulder or Butt Which Cut is Best For Pulled Pork? My Conclusion
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They are staying within 2 degrees so far.
@ 6 hours 150.
Edited by Tom C - 12/10/11 at 12:46pm
My conclusions are they are both delicious.
They both took the almost same time to cook, both were just over 8 pounds, the IT stay within 2 degrees until I foiled then. I foiled the shoulder first and it finished 20 mins faster.
After pulling and removing the remaining fat they were both moist and tender.
Shoulder, the meat is leaner, with multiple bones with cartilage.
Butt, heavily fat marbled, with one bone. Needed to spend more time removing extra fat when pulling.
If I was doing a blind taste test I couldn't tell the difference.
Those are the only real different there is. Because the shoulder is leaner if you try to cook it fast you are going dry it out. The butt because it is heavily fat marbled is very forgiving. I have cook them with high heat and have them cook in 4 hour for slicing and low and slow for 12 hour for pulling either way they are both delicious.