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looking for bone-in smoked pork shoulder (aka picnic ham)

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I've tried Healthy Butcher, Cumbrae's Church St., Meat on the Beach, and Whitehouse Meats and none of them do this, just regular hams. Can anyone suggest where to try next?

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  1. Don't ever remember seeing bone in picnics anywhere in Toronto. Even Boneless are scarce. Best bet would be Czehowski (sp) on Queensway at Islington or Hugo's at Queensway and Royal York. Brandt's meats or Starsky in Mississauga ( both near dundas and Hwy 27 )are other possibilities.

      1. i bought one back in November at Highland Farms in Mississauga (Hurontario and Eglinton area). It was delish.

        1. Highland farms usually has them, bone in. Not smoked though. There is also Toronto Wholesale Meats off Rogers that I buy my shoulders from. I buy whole ones to smoke but you could probably just get the picnic.

          Heck, you could buy the whole thing, have it cut in half, smoke the picnic and have them grind the butt and make sausage with it.


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          1. re: Davwud

            Can you recommend anything else from Toronto Wholesale Meats? I've never been in--it just seemed like such a weird location to have a butchers.

            1. re: mikeb

              I've bought ribs, turkey (Maple Leaf) steaks, shoulders and ground beef from them. All has been first rate. Good prices too.

              It's clean inside. The first time I went there they took me into the meat freezer and showed me their stuff. It was nice to see.
              The usually cut to order which is good. They'll also special order for you.


          2. Sobey's usually has a bone-in smoked pork shoulder from Quebec.
            SOmetimes the same product is in Loblaws or Price Chopper. They are fairly small, picnic cuts, nicely cured and great eating after simmering to 180F.

            1. Try Bruno's they sometimes have them.

              1. Smoked cured Pork shoulder is an unusual item to find, and I think it is more a lack of demand issue from the consumer end! Shoulders are inherently gorgously fatty, which is why stores have a harder time selling them over a smoked leaner hams. As you know you can find Bone -in smoked hams, and Geniune Smithfied Country Hams that are cured, smoked, and aged for 18 months in China Town on Spadina (Happy Butcher?).
                What are looking to do with the shoulder?

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                1. re: thomasevan

                  genuine smithfield from pigs that fed on peanuts?? in china town?>
                  where is this Happy butcher?

                2. Thanks for the tip. I will look for Smithfield in Chinatown, tho' I expect a substitute, and maybe 6 months aging.

                  1. Real Smithfield hams in Chinatown? Really? I'm interested -- tell me more!

                    1. If you are still interested saw some at Highland Farms in Mississauga on Sunday

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                      1. re: ishmael

                        Thanks, I'm still interested. Unfortunately I live in the (food wasteland) Beach, and don't drive, so MIssissauga, and some of the other sources mentioned, are not very accessible. And my closest butcher won't special order this. But I'll find it somewhere!

                        1. re: DylS

                          Did you try Reithers? across from Cumbrae's on Church?

                      2. IIRC, European Meats in Kensington Market has them hanging on the wall behind the main counter, near the back of the store.

                        1. Just discovered your blog so you probably have found the smoked picnic. Just wanted to suggest you think a little less upmarket. They are usually available in supermarkets like Price Chopper, Food Basics, No Frills.

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                          1. re: deb_50

                            In parkdale there is a Cattlemans (or Katlemens..i'm having kind of a brain fart here). I've bought bone in picnic there that i smoked for pulled pork. It was pretty good. Exceeded my expecations to say the least. North side of Queen, West of Lansdowne (just before Mitzi Sister).

                          2. Is this like a cottage roll? If so, I believe I have purchased it from Fresh from the Farm, but it had no bone. You might be able to e-mail them and ask if they could get this cut for you, though.


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                            1. re: Full tummy

                              I just bought one from Foodland (formerly IGA) last week for $1 a pound. It is not butcher quality but I use it to make soup.

                              1. re: Full tummy

                                Not the same. This one is bone-in, skin-on, and smoked. Definitely more habitant than Cumbrae's.