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Jan 19, 2009 06:42 AM

Loblaws New York Pork Shoulder?

My local Loblaws is selling something called a "New York Pork Shoulder" for about a buck a pound. The cut is massive, with most pieces they've got around 14 pounds. I'm thinking of getting one to smoke, but I can't find a definition anywhere, and I'd like to understand exactly what it is before making the investment (money and time).

Anyone tried this or know how it's different from a Boston Butt?

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  1. If I had to guess I would say one is from the front and the other the rear :-)

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    1. re: OnDaGo

      Despite the name, boston butt comes from the front of the animal. It's just another name for shoulder.

    2. google revealed 9 hits on that phrase. Maybe it's a marketing term?

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      1. re: CoffeeAddict416

        call Loblaws Customer Infomration 1-800-296-2332, the ladies who answer the phone are surprising helpful.

      2. I may be wrong but I think it's an uncured ham.

        Either way, I'd pick it up and give it the smoke. It'll still taste great.


        1. I roasted one last week, it was much more like a leg cut than a Boston Butt. The fat was more covering the meat's surface like a leg cut, it wasn't as marbled throughout as a Boston Butt would be. It was wider than most leg cuts so I thought it might be the cut between the leg and shoulder/butt, kind of an intermediate between the two.

          It was very tender and had a really good old-fashioned pork taste. I'd definitely buy that cut again, especially at that great price.

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          1. re: middydd

            The New York shoulder is the butt and the picnic together- it is the entire shoulder without being divided into the two common breaks.