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Boston but real name?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I am asuming the name boston but is a reagional name or nick name, can some one tell me what the real meat cut name is as I have never even heard of a boston but till I started comming here.

post #2 of 17
Pork shoulder or pork shoulder blade roast is what you're looking for.

I had the same confusion when I started.icon_mrgreen.gif

Here is some info on the history if you're interested.


post #3 of 17
from wiki.........

It is said that in pre-revolutionary New England and into the Revolutionary War, some pork cuts (not those highly valued, or "high on the hog," like loin and ham) were packed into casks or barrels (also known as "butts") for storage and shipment.[2] The way the hog shoulder was cut in the Boston area became known in other regions as "Boston butt".

post #4 of 17
Hmmm They are labled as "Boston Butt" here, but then again we speak a little slower and with a drawl. ;)
post #5 of 17
It was just the yankees up north were confused with the looks of the meat and started to calling them Boston Butts. Heck I don't know but it sounded good.
post #6 of 17
Dang them Yankees. LOL

Just for the record WV is just below the Mason-Dixon Line.
post #7 of 17
Have seen them both ways here in Cincy, chain store shows pork shoulder... independent lists as boston butt
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
ya, it has been a bit confusing as about 2 years ago they renamed most of the pork cuts up here to make them sound better, no more pork but steaks, I think they are sirloins now. but I have never seen boston but so I wasn't sure if it was cured or something haha.

I picked up some pork shoulder for 0.88/lb cdn the other day so I wanted to make sure it was the right stuff befor I haul the grinder out.

post #9 of 17
I don't know if this will simplify or complicate your life, but there is a lot of good information here:

post #10 of 17
Sorry for the double post, but if you are interested in items other than pork, there is even more info here:

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
ha, I know what was screwing me up.. what we called a pork but steak, or roast is now caled the sirloin (so just forward of the hind end) so I thought the boston but was the same part.. kind of but wrong end of the sow. biggrin.gif

post #12 of 17
I used to call it... "I'll take a number 3 with jo-jo potatos"

Thank God I have my own smoker and I can call it whatever I want now!

I know that wasnt part of the real question of the thread, but you know what I mean.
post #13 of 17
Down here we spell it with two t's :)

I'm just saying...
post #14 of 17
But, but, oh never mind.icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 17
I had a conversation about this with the cashier at Sam's the other night. I was able to explain what it really was, but was clueless about the name. Good info, guys. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

You know, when I was explaining cuts to that cashier, I was using my own anatomy for reference - in hindsight, it seems kinda weird. Do I think of people as meat? Beware me in a plane crash scenario! PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
hmmm so do we, never said I was awake when I type biggrin.gif

post #17 of 17
Yea ..it is boston butt here too or pork sholder.....same thing.
We always used them for sausage .....when we butchered hogs.... that and good trimmings.....

Grad dad always said ,,,,"If you dont make your own sausage ya dont know what your eatting".
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