Had Any Boston Roast Lately?

dcarch7April 6, 2013

Check the link out.

dcarch

Here is a link that might be useful: Boston Roast

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lcubed

The packaging on the one I cooked last week still says Boston butt!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 11:49AM
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CLBlakey

Sounds like we will have to learn a new language I wonder how fast Canada will follow suit in the renaming process.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:38PM
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chase_gw

Boston Butt hasn't been called Boston Butt here for as long as I can recall. Actually not sure if it ever was.

It's a pork shoulder roast or now I see pork blade roast...but not butt.... LOL

I have never seen a flat iron, skirt steak or tri tip here.......however if I ask my butcher he produces said cut but he butchers it specially. You would never see it in the meat section of a grocery store...or at least I haven't.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:56PM
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triciae

Saw that article on Comcast yesterday & mentioned it to DH. Just another way to charge a bit more. Boston Roast sounds more upscale than Boston Butt>. :)

/tricia

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:31PM
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ann_t

I still see "butt" used on our labels. Hams are either shank end or butt end.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:58PM
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chase_gw

I've seen it on hams but never on fresh pork roasts...never.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 3:24PM
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Teresa_MN

This never would have caught my attention if Dcarch had not posted this thread yesterday.

Perusing the Sunday ads this morning I saw a special on pork. I had to take a closer look to see what term they used. What on earth is a shoulder butt steak? And which end did it come from?

I think they covered their bases. Thanks a butt Dcarch!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:07AM
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dcarch7

Ha, Teresa, that reminds me of my complain, "Country Style Ribs".

What is Country Style? and where are the ribs?

Is there a City Style Ribs?

dcarch

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 4:22PM
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Teresa_MN

Not that I know of. But there is City Chicken that is made with pork. It's made with cubed boneless country ribs and cubed veal if you can afford it.

And there are St. Louis style riblets. I guess those could be city ribs. :-)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 4:35PM
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jimster

The terminology of pork cuts is a mess and the new changes will make it worse.

The biggest problem has been the use of the term "butt". The shoulder is usually sold in two portions, one of which is the butt portion and the other of which is the picnic, (which with other meats, such as lamb, would be called the shank). So, butt refers to the butt of the shoulder, not the butt of the pig. The butt of the pig is called the ham.

To add more confusion, a picnic portion of the shoulder, when smoked, is called a picnic ham, whereas the ham from the rear end of the pig is a ham whether fresh or smoked. The default term, ham, is for the smoked version whereas the fresh version must be specified, as in "fresh ham".

The link below is a diagram which, unfortunately does not indicate the hocks and is labeled "picture of the beef carcass". Oh well, I think you can see it is a pig.

If you think I am mistaken about any of this, chances are that I am. :-)

Jim

Here is a link that might be useful: Cuts of Pork

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 5:30PM
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kitchendetective

Down here, we still have butts. Big ones, too!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 8:24PM
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annie1992

Jim, it's the same here. Butt is actually shoulder and the butt is ham. Go figure. I always have the hocks smoked and the jowls made into bacon, and sometimes I hear the hocks referred to as "trotters", although that's actually the pig feet (which my grandmother used to pickle and call "knuckles").

Yes, it's a mess.

Chase, I also never see flat iron steak or skirt steak here, but I occasionally see tri-tip, mostly in the southeast corner of the state near Detroit. We also occasionally get flank steak, mostly used for fajitas and London Broil.

Annie

Annie

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 9:11PM
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lcubed

That's a picture of a whole pork shoulder if I'm reading the label correctly w. both butt and picnic portions. Seems a bit light

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 10:46PM
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Teresa_MN

Ann lives in Canada. The weight is in kilograms. I think the pork pictured must weigh over 9 pounds. Which seems about right.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:00PM
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jimster

"That's a picture of a whole pork shoulder if I'm reading the label correctly w. both butt and picnic portions."

That is my guess. However:

"Seems a bit light."

1.890 kg = 4.167 lb. I agree, 12-18 lbs. would be more like it.

Here is a link to a better site about pork butt.

Jim

Here is a link that might be useful: Pork Butt

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:15PM
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ann_t

Not even close. Good guess though.

A kilo is 2.2 pounds and this roast is just under 2 kilo making it just over 4 pounds.

~Ann

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:19PM
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ann_t

Jim, we were posting at the same time. You got it right.

That is a good site that you linked to.

~Ann

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 12:39AM
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dcarch7

Jim, That is one great link. Thanks. Bookmarked.

Also, that is nice forum for smoking information.

dcarch

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:05PM
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chase_gw

Informative link, thanks Jim.

This thread has me jonesing for pulled pork : )

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:32AM
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