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Butterflying a Pork Shoulder?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by quagmire38, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Whats up all. A couple of days ago I was at a bbq. I was talking to the resident cook.

    He said that when he does a pork shoulder he butterflies it and removes the bone. I have never read about that nor seen it in a video. Im new to smoking so I wouldnt know. Can this be done? Should it be done? Has anyone done it? If so how did it turnout?
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A few reasons I can think of why I wouldn't do it:

    1) extra work for no forseen reason or benefit;

    2) the bone acts as a doneness indicator, allowing you to see the true shrinkage of the meat, as well as determine if the connective tissues have melted away by being able to pull the bone from the shoulder as a test;

    3) the bone adds flavor to the meat as it cooks...real meat stocks are flavored with bones as the base

    4) cutting the shoulder open presents me with three questions:

    4.1) am I going to reclose the roast before cooking, and if so, can I get the meat's internal temp up high enough soon enough to be safe (being it is no longer a whole muscle meat being cut and closed);

    If I leave the roast butterflied when I cook it:

    4.2 am I willing to accept that the cooking time will be greatly reduced which can in turn lead to a less tender finished product?

    4.3) am I willing to loose tons of natural juices during the cooking, being I increased the actual surface area of the pork shoulder?

    Too darn complicated, with too many reasons why I wouldn't de-bone a shoulder, so I won't.

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Leave it in for Pulled Pork.

    Butterfly if you're making BBB

  4. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What TJ said..
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Like the above posts^^^^. Why cut it out when it will fall out.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm in full agreement with the above mentioned process. I like to leave in the bone it has alot of really good flavor in it too.