> hams (picnics?)
Nope. A whole shoulder is the combination of a boston butt (the top piece of the shoulder, usually to include a little piece of neck muscle known to many as the "money muscle") and a picnic (sometimes called a shoulder, or picnic shoulder) at the bottom end, the whole thing being from the front leg of the pig.
The ham is actually from the back leg portion of the pig.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.