Costco Butts!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by masonbone, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. masonbone

    masonbone Newbie

    Oh man, my wife convinced me to switch from Sams to Coscto. I just went to pick up some butts to smoke this weekend and realized they are Boneless! What the heck!! Who would want that?

    Anyways, just looking for some input. Has anyone used these from Costco? How'd they compare to bone-in? Trying to decide if I should go back to Sams while i still can. Butchers around here are way overpriced.
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Many here will use the Costco boneless butts. Tie some butchers twine around to hold it together if that's your issue. You'll love them when you start making sausage....Willie
  3. little smokey

    little smokey Smoking Fanatic

    Works fine for me minus a bone. Have never really compared side by side but I am happy.  Plus I am not a Sams fan.  They usually have the same p[ricing but I am not paying for a bone.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014
  4. Yup as Willie said they're nice for sausage & a lot of people like to smoke them too but if I have a choice I go for the bone-in butt every time for smoking. Luckily for me the boneless ones are pretty rare around here because I did one of each once & everyone in my family prefers the flavor of a bone-in butt. They come around & I cook for them fairly often so I like to keep them happy  [​IMG]
  5. masonbone

    masonbone Newbie

    I probably should have specified, I pretty much do pulled pork with the bone-ins every time.

    Maybe I need to graduate to something else.
  6. Do you mean like making sausage perhaps??  [​IMG]   [​IMG]   [​IMG]
  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do quite a few bonless butts for Pulled pork, never had a problem. Give it a shot you may like them. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker.

  8. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    I've used them plenty, cant tell the difference. I also use twine to pull them together
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good either way in my experience?

    I certainly would not pay extra for a boneless butt?  I have a boning knife if I am making sausage.  For smoking?  No knife needed, it slides right out.  Almost a built in thermometer?  [​IMG]

    I did say "almost" didn't I?  [​IMG]

    Good luck and good smoking.
  10. I never noticed a difference till I smoked one of each at the same time...  [​IMG]
  11. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    I think its safe to assume if you compared any two pieces of meat cut from 2 different animals raised in 2 different facilities eating different feed and such together you would notice some sort of difference in taste.
  12. I use the Costco Butts...have had no problem with them.  They actually cook faster than the bone in.  I don't tie them though and they turn out great.
  13. little smokey

    little smokey Smoking Fanatic

    The wife has a membership at both Costco and Sams for business reasons so I compare pricing and they usually match each other per lb so why pay for the bone?
  14. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    I buy cryovaced St. Louis cut ribs at Costco all the time.  3 racks in a pack, already trimmed and membrane removed.  Never pulled a bad rack out of a pack.  Wednesday was the most I ever paid for them at $2.99/lb, but we all know the price of pork is up due to the virus killing piglets.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2014
  15. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh, I must agree here.....I've never had a bad rib from Costco. Unfortunately, prices are creeping up on everything. Beef up due to the drought and will shoot up more as grilling season kicks in. I may have to take out a loan to get some chicken wings......Willie
  16. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    Amazingly, chicken wings are actually down LOL.  That wont last long
  17. I agree 100%   [​IMG]   However the scenario you assumed didn't happen in this particular case - both these were from the same pig that I got local. I did it to help my pap prove a point & settle an old argument with another family member... 
  18. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Given a choice, I would prefer bone-in. I think it makes the butt cook faster and more evenly. The boneless ones I get from Costco and other places are usually so mangled they're hardly recognizable.

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