Pork cushion meat question??

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bratrules, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. bratrules

    bratrules Smoking Fanatic

    i was wondering if this cut would be good for making a small amount of smoked honey ham?
     
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Not familiar w/ cushion meat .

     Maybe one of butchers on here can enlighten me???

     I don't see why any pork can't be cured for either bacon or ham???
     
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can't speak for a honey ham, but in my experience with this cut is to season/smoke it like a pork butt or picnic shoulder. You can pull it just like a pork butt too..
     
  4. bratrules

    bratrules Smoking Fanatic

    Same here i have done pull pork with it ton of times and carnitas. but i want to see if works for curing and smoking for ham. i would like to some thoughts on the subject before i go ahead and give it a shot.
     
  5. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The pork cushion comes off the side of the pork arm shoulder, like this:

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    the lower part below the diagonal line, parallel to the arm bone inside.  It is usually merchandized into pork cubed cutlets or lean pork cubes for stew, etc.  However you can do with it what you do with any pork; you can pickle it and smoke it into ham-like or bacon-like meat, grind it, slice it, anything.
     

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