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Unread 11-19-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Pork Cushion Meat

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I was just looking over this thread because I'm cooking for a party of 75 on Friday and my buddy bought 45# of pork cushion meat from Smart & Final because he claims he couldn't find butts. They are in their final thawing stages now so I haven't opened the cyrovac to see what I'm up against although they appear to have a decent amount of fat content. Some of the comments however in the attached thread concern me a bit. Need I be? Hoping some of you guys have first-hand experience with this.
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The piece I ended up getting was more like a butt in the end and that is how I cooked it. Sorry I can't offer more.
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Much smaller and leaner than a pork butt. I would probably cut them into bonless country style ribs and smoke them. Just my 2 cents
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The piece I ended up getting was more like a butt in the end and that is how I cooked it. Sorry I can't offer more.
So you're saying it came out fine for pulled pig, not noticeably discernable from a butt?
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Much smaller and leaner than a pork butt. I would probably cut them into bonless country style ribs and smoke them. Just my 2 cents
These average 9#'s each, so very comparable in size to a butt.
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So you're saying it came out fine for pulled pig, not noticeably discernable from a butt?
I would say that is the case in my situation. The piece of meat I got was larger than a butt but wasn't defined as a typical butt without a bone. I had never seen cusion meat before. As far as I know it may have been cushion meat or it was a boneless butt that wasnt trimmed well. I did cook just like pulled pork and it was fine.
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Some of these threads sure hit the bottom of the barrel fast. Well I guess it's time to cut the cyrovac and pray that I don't have to rush out and buy butts.
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Well, I for one am curious about it.
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I did some a few years ago here. Treated them like mini pork butts and I thought they came out well. I even frozen a couple unpulled then defrosted, reheated and pulled at a later date.
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I had this happen a few years back
They just do not work right
If I were to try now I would have foiled em early
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Last cushion meat i used came in a huge bag. When opened, it was small scraps of ??? Cooked for chit. Hope you have better luck.
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I use cushion meat to make "Boneless Country Style Ribs" They are often on sale for less than 99 cents per pound. They are popular in this area to cook "Carnitas"

I have made "pulled pork" from cushions in a pinch----but they are a little lean for that. Good Luck Tommy
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TK- just open up that big pit of yours and know the bottom out of that sucker. I have full faith in you brother.

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Looking forward to hearing how it goes/went TK

Personally, this is the first time I've heard the term "cushion meat"

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Bills idea of cushion meat.....

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