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K80Shooter 01-13-2013 01:49 PM

Ham vs Butt
 
Lets hear it guy's. Do you prefer your q made with the ham or a butt?

For me I prefer a butt, it just taste's better to me.

Carolina gamecock 01-13-2013 01:58 PM

I like big butts and I can not lie...


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thirdeye 01-13-2013 02:10 PM

The leg has a different amount of fat and muscle arrangement than the shoulder does..... I prefer the shoulder. And if I had to choose between the butt end and the picnic end, the butt would win. That said if I was cooking 3 items, I would make it two butts and one picnic.... unless I could get a whole shoulder, then I would take that.

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Gnaws on Pigs 01-13-2013 02:56 PM

Butt/shoulder is my favorite, but nothing wrong with ham either, especially from a young hog. A hog cooked whole and everything pulled and mixed together is mighty hard to beat.

K80Shooter 01-13-2013 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Gnaws on Pigs (Post 2327235)
Butt/shoulder is my favorite, but nothing wrong with ham either, especially from a young hog. A hog cooked whole and everything pulled and mixed together is mighty hard to beat.

I agree, I have cooked several whole hogs and they are excellent!

73 views so far and 3 replies :confused: Come on guy's, don't be afraid to voice your opinion. Just trying to get a general idea of what most folks like.

plakers 01-13-2013 05:27 PM

I like butts over picnics but have never done fresh ham, but have been wanting to.

I have also done many more butts. At least monthly I do a double and freeze the second for later(things like Butt Gnarley soup, or enchiladas or??)

I was looking into a whole hog(butchered) and was wondering the same thing.

Mattmo 01-13-2013 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by K80Shooter (Post 2327347)
I agree, I have cooked several whole hogs and they are excellent!

73 views so far and 3 replies :confused: Come on guy's, don't be afraid to voice your opinion. Just trying to get a general idea of what most folks like.

We had a hog butchered up a few months ago...I left some of the hams fresh instead of cured. I tried to do pulled pork with one (these were 4-5) pounds, and it wasn't easy to pull. I don't think there was very much fat in it....I'm not a pro, you just said to not be afraid to voice my opinion lol I have cooked several butts and never had trouble with them pulling like that. Maybe it was the size of the ham???

chrisjen 01-13-2013 07:22 PM

I also have been curious about smoking a fresh ham?

thompson238 01-13-2013 07:50 PM

I prefer the shoulder myself!

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K80Shooter 01-13-2013 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Mattmo (Post 2327465)
We had a hog butchered up a few months ago...I left some of the hams fresh instead of cured. I tried to do pulled pork with one (these were 4-5) pounds, and it wasn't easy to pull. I don't think there was very much fat in it....I'm not a pro, you just said to not be afraid to voice my opinion lol I have cooked several butts and never had trouble with them pulling like that. Maybe it was the size of the ham???

4-5 lbs is aweful small for a ham. No there's not a lot of fat in a ham which is why I think it takes a little more practice/skill to cook one. They are not as forgiving as a butt or shoulder but tastes good.

Randbo 01-13-2013 11:09 PM

I have cooked both and I prefer the butt. 7 to 8 pounds is perfect.

Mattmo 01-13-2013 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by K80Shooter (Post 2327828)
4-5 lbs is aweful small for a ham. No there's not a lot of fat in a ham which is why I think it takes a little more practice/skill to cook one. They are not as forgiving as a butt or shoulder but tastes good.

Yes it is small. It is the first hog we've ever butchered and it was a mistake getting them packaged that small... We've been using them for crock pot roast etc.

martyleach 01-13-2013 11:38 PM

Allright so I am certainly not the expert here but I sure am interested. The shoulder has a really nice(high) fat content and hams (picnics?) don't. I have never cooked a ham, but it would seem to me that it needs to be cooked quite differently than a shoulder. Advice??

MS2SB 01-14-2013 12:33 AM

I've cured my own ham but never done one "fresh". Seems to me that if you're looking for a sliced product then a ham would be hard to beat. If you want pulled you've got to go with the butt. Not nearly enough fat and connective tissue in a ham for it to pull properly without being dry.

CarolinaQue 01-14-2013 06:21 AM

I'm not sure it's fair to even compare the 2. Ham's have a much lower fat to meat ration and the muscle groups run very different and have much less connective tissue than a butt. I only cook hams to slicing temp unless it's a whole hog cook, and then they're done when the butts are done. As far as preference...whole shoulder over a butt. But I can't get whole shoulders where I live right now, so when I want the taste and texture of the whole shoulder, I have to cook a butt and a picnic and mix after they're done.


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