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Old 11-08-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Pork Shoulder/Butt/Picnic

Hey Folks, I'm a newbie to the site, and I really enjoy it. Thanks to all who post answers and pron because it helps a bunch. I have a question about pork. Seems that in competition, shoulders are cooked. Is a shoulder the butt and the picnic arm? I can't find a shoulder anywhere in my town, but I have found both butts and picnics. I've cooked lots of butts, but never the picnic. Do they cook any differently? Thanks in advance for any answers and input.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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Welcome Paperboy !!! Head to Cattle Call when you have a moment.

A Whole pork shoulder consists of the butt (top part) and picnic (bottom part). In KCBS, competitions, butts are the primary choice. In others, some require a whole shoulder (both parts) You can cook them the same, picnics have a slightly different texture and taste but are also delicious when cooked properly.

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Old 11-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #3
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I have tried both and the Shoulder (BUTT) is the one I prefer. Since you have cooked lot's of Butts, try a Picnic and see what you think. Everyone has a preference. That is how we learn! Now get over to Cattle Call and introduce yourself!

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Old 11-09-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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I cook all 3 picnic, butt and whole shoulder. Like butt best
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