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Meat Burner
03-20-2010, 01:32 AM
Curious about the size of a pork butt to get a nice money muscle from. About what is the minimum butt that will have this lovely morsel big enough to slice for a competition turn-in box? I understand you need to look at each particular cut. Thanks bros!

KC_Bobby
03-20-2010, 09:23 AM
I try not to go smaller then 8.5 lb butts.

Frank Sacco
03-20-2010, 09:40 AM
I tend to lean towards 7.5-8.5 lbs. Like you say the key is to get a look at the muscle during your selection.

The Pickled Pig
03-20-2010, 11:56 AM
bigger = better

Divemaster
03-23-2010, 09:31 AM
I tend to lean towards 7.5-8.5 lbs. Like you say the key is to get a look at the muscle during your selection.
Bingo!

This weekend we did a practice cook... Two butts, one 7# and one close to 10#... To be honest, the MM 10 pounder was only slightly larger than the one off of the 7 pounder.

Jacked UP BBQ
03-23-2010, 09:39 AM
I didn't know anyone used the money muscle this year??? That is so 2009!

KC_Bobby
03-23-2010, 09:46 AM
Ohhh, it's a timeless tradition just like The Masters

Squeeze
03-23-2010, 12:28 PM
I didn't know anyone used the money muscle this year??? That is so 2009!

That's the cook's snack...why turn that crap in when you can throw it on a Sister Shuberts roll?

Jacked UP BBQ
03-23-2010, 12:53 PM
That's the cook's snack...why turn that crap in when you can throw it on a Sister Shuberts roll?

I never use money muscle and our pork does great.

BogsBBQ
03-23-2010, 01:16 PM
I agree. I know a lot of teams that do great without it.

monty3777
03-23-2010, 02:05 PM
bigger = better

O.K., not that I know something that Pickled Pig doesn't, but just a thought - depending on the producer and distributor - you can have a huge pork butt but not alot of money muscle, can't you? I saw a huge Birkshire butt in February (~10 lbs) with almost no money muscle. Maybe that's not the norm - but apparently it is for this particular producer/packer.

Gowan
03-23-2010, 02:54 PM
O.K., not that I know something that Pickled Pig doesn't, but just a thought - depending on the producer and distributor - you can have a huge pork butt but not alot of money muscle, can't you? I saw a huge Birkshire butt in February (~10 lbs) with almost no money muscle. Maybe that's not the norm - but apparently it is for this particular producer/packer.

That is true, though in general a heavy butt is better. Some packers leave more MM on the butt than others. If you want to maximize the size of this piece, you can buy shoulders and part them yourself. Otherwise, the best strategy is to buy meat where you can pick through a large selection to find one you are happy with.

Divemaster
03-23-2010, 03:47 PM
I didn't know anyone used the money muscle this year??? That is so 2009!
Oh, sure we use it... It goes into the bunt pan like the rest of our pork...:thumb:

Solidkick
03-23-2010, 05:15 PM
Oh, sure we use it... It goes into the bunt pan like the rest of our pork...:thumb:
Ummmm.....you separated your pork? Bad boy!:doh::bow:

I know....... :biteme:

Lake Dogs
03-23-2010, 05:58 PM
Thinking of butt size..... Think Jennifer Lopez

Jeff_in_KC
03-23-2010, 06:06 PM
I never use money muscle and our pork does great.

Depends on the part of the country.

BurntFinger_Jason
03-23-2010, 11:32 PM
I shoot for 10#, but will go as low as 8# before heading to a different store.

Divemaster
03-24-2010, 08:29 AM
Oh, sure we use it... It goes into the bunt pan like the rest of our pork...:thumb:

Ummmm.....you separated your pork? Bad boy!:doh::bow:

I know....... :biteme:
Took the words right out of my mouth.... LOL

Diva Q
03-24-2010, 08:46 AM
I search through cases of butts to find the ones that have nice larger money muscles. I have cooked really small butts that had really great money muscles. It all depends on he butt.

Divemaster
03-24-2010, 08:52 AM
I search through cases of butts to find the ones that have nice larger money muscles. I have cooked really small butts that had really great money muscles. It all depends on the butt.
That says it all!

Bbq Bubba
03-24-2010, 09:01 AM
I cook about 8 cases of butts a week. I've seen 6lb butts with bigger MM's than 10 lb butts. As said above, each is different.