HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
What have you made lately? Get great advice

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

DylS Dec 19, 2006 06:44 PM

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?

  1. i
    ishmael Dec 19, 2006 07:56 PM

    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. Brain of J Dec 19, 2006 08:13 PM

      Try calling Royal Beef.


      1. e
        electra1 Dec 19, 2006 08:52 PM

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

        1. Davwud Dec 21, 2006 11:56 AM

          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.


          2 Replies
          1. re: Davwud
            mikeb Dec 21, 2006 02:00 PM

            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
              Davwud Dec 21, 2006 02:09 PM

              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. jayt90 Dec 21, 2006 02:03 PM

            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. MiniMom Dec 22, 2006 03:22 PM

              Try Bruno's they sometimes have them.

              1. t
                thomasevan Dec 23, 2006 12:35 AM

                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?

                1 Reply
                1. re: thomasevan
                  j6p Feb 1, 2007 05:07 PM

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

                2. jayt90 Dec 23, 2006 07:16 PM

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

                  1. s
                    Scruncheons Dec 23, 2006 08:07 PM

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

                    1. i
                      ishmael Jan 29, 2007 12:49 PM

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

                      2 Replies
                      1. re: ishmael
                        DylS Jan 30, 2007 08:03 AM

                        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
                          orangewasabi Jan 30, 2007 11:24 AM

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

                      2. mrbozo Feb 2, 2007 07:13 AM

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

                        1. d
                          deb_50 Nov 1, 2007 02:00 PM

                          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.

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: deb_50
                            goodcookiedrift Nov 1, 2007 03:01 PM

                            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. Full tummy Nov 1, 2007 03:11 PM

                            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.


                            2 Replies
                            1. re: Full tummy
                              caitlink Nov 1, 2007 04:47 PM

                              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
                                jayt90 Nov 1, 2007 04:51 PM

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

                              Show Hidden Posts