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What is best for slicing?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bigal, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Sprayer is broke down, guys won't be here till Friday to fix it. Wifes family is have'n a big Easter lunch on Saturday. Told my wife I could smoke something today.

    They want some sliced pork. I've never done "sliced" pork, always pulled pork. What cut is best to slice? Boston butt? Shoulder? I don't know for sure. I was thinking shoulder/picnic(same aren't they?), and take'n it to about 185*, resting, then slicing. Won't be able to brine, just put some rub on and throw it on the smoker. I'll probably do a pulled butt too.

    Any help appreciated
  2. gypc

    gypc Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I like slicing the butt ..........but not until the next day!!

    Also, I let that temp get up to 200 and then let it rest!!
  3. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks gypc! Wife is in town, gonna have her get me two butts and a shoulder. Will be plenty of food for everyone to take some home. A big plus is that I won't have to slice it, I'll be busy tomorrow and she'll have to slice it.

    Thanks again! Have a happy Easter.
  4. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How about a pork loin BigAl? Makes for some tasty stuff... add Dutch's Mohogany Sauce to it.. MMMMmmmm. Might be too late now, but you should give it a shot.

    Keep Smokin
  5. Al,
    Another way to go might be to smoke a pork loin or 2 and maybe make Dutch’s Mahogany Sauce (fine eating) remember that pork butts gonna taste like a big juicy fat pork chop not ham. I did a butt to slice a few weeks ago for hot roast pork sammiches & gravy, but the wife & grandkids are real lean meat freaks…so needless to say I vacuum sealed alot of smoked pork…(I just hate having succulent hot roast pork sammiches w/smashed taters & gravy in 20 minutes, or maybe pork Schezuan, don’t you?) [​IMG][​IMG]
  6. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I guess that would be alright. Gotta sweet talk Mrs. Meowey into letting me slice one. She hears pork butt and automatically thinks pulled pork sammies. (That's really not such a bad thing, though!)

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  7. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gotta go with the loin for slicing. Slices real nice and can't be beat. Throw in the sauce and it eats good on a plate or sammie. Since it's the Easter thing I'd say on a plate will be the setup.
    Dang! Now I gotta go get a loin and clean up the ECB. [​IMG]
  8. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What internal temp do you recommend for best slicing?
  9. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    loin is great for slicing----

    178 f for internal temp...[​IMG]
  10. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ok, read all the feedback, great ideas. Here's my prob. Over the years I have smoked so many porkloins that it makes me sick to even think about it. I'm porkloined out, so is the wife & kids.

    I'm also wanting something just a little different. Never sliced butt before, I always pull it. I only have today, as fri & sat will be working..........I hope anyway, as long as sprayer gets fixed. Meal is set for sat lunch. Didn't have time to "prepare" for this as I planned on working and take'n sunday off. So it's a hurry up and wait type of thing.

    Some time I need to try a loin brined w/some of those fancy sauces, but for today it's just get it done.

    I'll let you all know how they like it.

    Have a Happy Easter!
  11. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pork loined out eh Big Al, I can understand that, good luck to you and I hope you and yours have a great Easter.[​IMG]
  12. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Let us know how it slices. Pics are ALWAYS good.
  13. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    This will be a BIG test. I'll ask wife to take pics after she slices. If anything I'll let you all know how it goes over.
  14. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've done slice pork butt before AL and it rocked[​IMG] I get to the point where I can twist the bone out and then pull the bone and wrap the butt tight in foil. Let it cool down as much as you feel comfortable with and slice it about 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick. I took one of those and a smoked turkey to deer camp on the day after thanksgiving a couple of years back and no one would touch the turkey.[​IMG]
  15. Are they talking about pork steaks?
  16. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Nope. Just somethin' sliced for Easter lunch(on saturday). May not be the best idea, but the people I'm smoke'n for will take anything free..................they'd even take a disease if it were free.[​IMG]

    Usually anything smoked is good anyway. I do want it to be nice for them. I have 2 butts and a brisket flat on the smoker. I really don't know how the flat will turn out, I don't like smoke'n flats as whole packers(10-14#) are best.
  17. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    BigAl -

    I do alot of pork shoulders/pinics because there always in the store and about as cheap as it gets here.

    I do it just like a pulled pork but just pull it when it gets to about 175 degrees and wrap it to rest. Just finished last weekends roast pork shoulder and it was yummy! Slice it like a ham. There's instruction on my site ...