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colind 12-01-2012 01:49 PM

Pork cut Question
Is there a difference between a pork shoulder and a shoulder ham ???????

J'ville Grill 12-01-2012 02:15 PM

The shoulder ham is cured and tastes like ham.

PBHoss 12-01-2012 02:17 PM

Without knowing more, I'd say the ham is cured.

Midnight Smoke 12-01-2012 02:22 PM

Different muscles so different Flavor and texture. Most times Pulled pork is made from the Shoulder but some people prefer the Ham, it also can be mixed for a unique flavor profile.

captndan 12-01-2012 02:33 PM

Yes there is a difference. A true ham comes from the hind leg of a pig. In this case a pork shoulder and a shoulder ham come from the front leg. A shoulder is considered to be dryer and tougher than the butt. The butt is usually used for the ham because of this. Ham made from the shoulder might be called a picnic ham. Confused? The word 'ham' means that piece of meat has been cured or preserved as apposed to a shoulder or butt that are raw untreated meat. Also the word ham may vary from place to place and even country to country. The bottom line is that a ham is processed and a pork shoulder is not. And also the better ham comes from the hind leg and the shoulder or butt is dryer and less expensive.

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