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kihrer
11-29-2011, 11:18 AM
What do you think of bone-in picnics? I see them often for 99 cents a pound but have yet to bite. I really like the Boston Butt portion of the shoulder and have pretty much avoided picnics. I have only cooked a couple of picnics (without the bone and wrapped in netting) and they haven't turned out all that well. Are the bone-in picnics better?

SirPorkaLot
11-29-2011, 11:30 AM
What do you think of bone-in picnics? I see them often for 99 cents a pound but have yet to bite. I really like the Boston Butt portion of the shoulder and have pretty much avoided picnics. I have only cooked a couple of picnics (without the bone and wrapped in netting) and they haven't turned out all that well. Are the bone-in picnics better?

I buy bone-in whole picnics whenever they are on sale.
I smoke them with the skin on, and they turn out great.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ScU4TtcNyZU/TWKg50OQpVI/AAAAAAAAB20/OjuogfZ57-k/s640/P1011652.JPG

BBQ_MAFIA
11-29-2011, 11:37 AM
^^^^^^^^
What he said!!!!

A few times a year a local chain puts them for sale at .49 Cents a pound.
Although they limit what I can buy, we send in the entire family to pick some up
and load up the freezer.

backyard bbquer
11-29-2011, 12:04 PM
a tastier piece I think

kyle corn
11-29-2011, 12:28 PM
My first choice is always bone in butts, but bone in picnic is choice number two, then boneless butt and boneless picnic.

The last two picnics I did cooked really fast. I think I did two 6 lb picnics in 6 hours at about 235* in my Egg. They seem to have less internal fat than a butt so that might be a reason. The finished product was still delicious.

TIMMAY
11-29-2011, 12:30 PM
For .99 a pound I would buy up a bunch and learn how to cook em good! Some guys inject em to try to keep em moist.

Jaskew82
11-29-2011, 12:39 PM
I have been hesitant to buy bone in picnics as well... What is the flavor difference, if any?

Phrasty
11-29-2011, 12:40 PM
Yes a very nice cut of meat... Try get it hock on if you can. :thumb:

Phrasty
11-29-2011, 12:41 PM
I have been hesitant to buy bone in picnics as well... What is the flavor difference, if any?

Just a little leaner than a shoulder... Thats all really. However not as lean as a her or ham cut.

Whitfield
11-29-2011, 12:46 PM
The picnic has more connective tissue therefor it is used for sausage more than Q. Still, very good for Q. If it's a better deal than the butt, go for it. Always go bone-in when it's an option.

El Ropo
11-29-2011, 12:51 PM
I love picnics for pulled pork. The flavor difference to me is they seem to be more porky tasting, maybe it's my imagination, not sure.

I do remove the skin because I like bark. Save the skin for cracklins.

One of the best picnics I've done, even it was happy:

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/ElRopo/Picnic0021.jpg

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/ElRopo/Picnic0022.jpg

http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz189/ElRopo/Picnic0023.jpg

SirPorkaLot
11-29-2011, 12:53 PM
I have been hesitant to buy bone in picnics as well... What is the flavor difference, if any?


I prefer the flavor on the picnics.
There is more bone to meat ratio in a picnic.

As the old adage goes: The closer the bone, the sweeter the meat"

If you leave the skin on while smoking it will help to preserve the internal juices, downside is you lose bark, but I prefer the meat be juicy over a little extra bark

KnucklHed BBQ
11-29-2011, 12:55 PM
I don't mind cookin' them at all, especially if they are alot cheaper. Maybe it's just me, but the same weight size picnic seems to yield less finished product than a butt, I'm thinkin that it's prolly because the bone weighs alot more tho.

I remove the skin and leave the thin layer of fat that's under it, since you're not going to chop up the skin and put it in with the pulled stuff, I feel I get better smoke in the finished product that way.

Plus, now you have a bunch of skin to make cracklin's with!!:thumb:

kihrer
11-29-2011, 02:28 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I'll make sure I grab a few the next time they're on for 99 cents and I will report back with pr0n on how they turned out.

Boshizzle
11-29-2011, 02:36 PM
Picnics make delicious pulled pork. Here are 6 of them I used to break in my Jambo.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=450&pictureid=3534

kihrer
11-29-2011, 03:00 PM
Picnics make delicious pulled pork. Here are 6 of them I used to break in my Jambo.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=450&pictureid=3534

Sounds like a good program to me! I got a call from Jamie yesterday and mine ships out tomorrow.

Boshizzle
11-29-2011, 05:49 PM
Sounds like a good program to me! I got a call from Jamie yesterday and mine ships out tomorrow.


Sweet!

RevZiLLa
11-29-2011, 09:06 PM
Picnics are great and have a "shankish" quality to them that is very nice