Slicing a Pork Butt

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smoke, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. smoke

    smoke Newbie

    This morning I hope to slice a pork butt done over the weekend on a meat slicer. Do you slice with or against the grain of the meat? Thanks.
  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you can find the grain in a butt, power to ya! Go against the grain and why may i ask are you doing this?? Is it smoked and to what temp?
    Making sammich slices? Can we get pic's?
  3. smoke

    smoke Newbie

    Thanks folks...your the best.

    I like it pulled prefer it chopped thought I'd give it a try slicing it for sandwiches or wraps. Removed it from the smoker at 170 degrees and let it set...will try photos...still a bit of a novice on that part.
  4. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You remember what they say "If there's no Q-View did it really happen"?
  5. titanfan48

    titanfan48 Newbie

    I did my first butt yesterday. I had originally planned on pulling it but it started to get late so sliced it was. The family and I loved it. Only thing wrong was I forgot to take some pics for the Qview.
  6. fla-gypsy

    fla-gypsy Smoke Blower

    I like it just as good sliced and chopped some.
  7. twomill

    twomill Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Smoke, that looks really good. May I recommend fixing up some of Jeff's sauce. It goes great on the pulled pork sandwich or just us it on the pork and eat as is. hmmmmmmmmm
  8. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  9. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very good looking pork butt. Looks tasty.

  10. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    i don't rubberband (understand) like it pulled and chopped, but you sliced it and STILL chopped what was the difference?
  11. blat

    blat Fire Starter

    Ok, this seems like a reasonable post to ask my question.

    So for the super bowl i smoked a butt and just ran out of time, pulled it from smoker at about it of 145, wrapped in foil with some white wine wine and onions, into oven at 350 took out bout 1 1/2 hours before game and wrapped in a damp towell and into cooler. Did not check temperature but 30 min before game i chopped it and off we went. It was GREAT, so tender and moist.

    Decided to recreate that. Thinking this would also work better than fully cooked pulled pork for brunswick stew which seems to turn to mush after i simmer in the stew for an hour or so.

    So i put into smoker and cook to...

    Then i pull from smoker

    Wrap in a damp towell for an hour or so and when i chop it basically came out like when i cook to around 200.

    So anyway, is it more like 165 the temperature i am looking for to chop? Do you still rest in the cooler an hour or so?
  12. My pork butt opinion.  Pork butt can be SAFELY eaten at 145 degrees.  The reason you cook it to 195-200 is that it takes that temp to make it tender enough to pull.  If you try to pull it at 180-185 it will be too tough.  At 145-150 pork is sooooooo juicy and tender enough to chop, slice and above all, eat! 
    daron jake likes this.
  13. blat

    blat Fire Starter

    thanks urbo...

    So do you rest it before chopping or chop as soon as you pull from smoker?

  14. You rest all meat 20 minutes this allows it to reabsorb the liquids. If you cut it immediately juices will run leaving meat dry and a lot of flavor lost
  15. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    To the original poster as to where to slice a pork butt here is a pic i have that may show you.  In this pic i am in the process of taking the bone out so y ou can see that flap on top.  I eventualy boned this butt out for buckboard bacon but it can show you the direction of where to slice it.  The side facing you on this pic is the direction you slice it.  This "long"  end is the proper side to slice a pork butt.  This is how we cut pork steaks for the counter [when i was still working] in the meat shop.  You do not slice from the narrow end.  Now, it makes no difference once you reach the internal to pull it of course. This is mainly for if you cut a pork steak with a saw, or if boneless with a knife.  Reinhard
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2014
  16. blat

    blat Fire Starter

    Sorry Reinhard, I caused you to reply to a 6 year old post, guess I should have started a new topic instead of hijacking this one.

  17. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LOL!! didn't even check the date.  No problem.  Reinhard

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