Shoulder or Butt Which Cut is Best For Pulled Pork? My Conclusion

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tom c, Dec 10, 2011.

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  1. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    Being that I'm from Missouri I needed to see for myself.

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  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

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  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good start Tom. I think you'll find you prefer the butt.
     
  4. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    What Al said![​IMG]
     
  5. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    Looking good @ 2 hours.

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  6. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    @ 3 hours

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    Lunch

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  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Lunch looks good! It's nice that both pieces of meat are cooking at the same speed. I love it when that happens.
     
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking good Tom

    I prefer the butt for pulled pork also.
     
  9. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    They are staying within 2 degrees so far.

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  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    I pefer the butts but I have smoked a butt load of shoulders too.
     
  11. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    @ 7 hours IT156

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  12. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    @9 hours IT 165

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  13. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Interesting to see how they do when they hit the stall

    Looking good
     
  14. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We like shoulders - used to cut the skin off, now we leave it on and put it in the Egg skin down - .
     
  15. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    Both are in the cooler, they hit 200 within 20 mins of each other.
     
  16. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    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.

     

     

     

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  17. owlcreeksmoker4

    owlcreeksmoker4 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    both look delicious
     
  18. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    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.
     
  19. bigcase

    bigcase Smoke Blower

    That is some great looking pp, nice work and excellent experiment.

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  20. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like them both and you just proved that there is no a lot of difference. I do like the butt having less bones to deal with but both mighty tasty.
     

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