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Where can I find pork shoulder with the skin ON in OC?

junglekitte Jun 10, 2009 03:11 PM

I've called the El Toro meat market and they cannot get this and the butcher there thinks it will be almost impossible to find. :( I want to make a Puerto Rican pork shoulder with the skin on but I can't find it anywhere! Any suggestions within OC? Preferrably South OC but will travel if needed!


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    luckattack RE: junglekitte Jun 10, 2009 03:37 PM

    I'm not familiar with OC stores but I know in SGV almost all Asian supermarkets would have it. So if you are close to a 99 Ranch, check it out.

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      Allmodcons RE: junglekitte Jun 10, 2009 03:53 PM

      Farmer John pork shoulder complete with skin is nearly always available at Orange County Stater Brothers, and sometimes Ralph's.

      At SB it often goes on sale for 99 cents/lb. as well.

      1. Midlife RE: junglekitte Jun 10, 2009 04:01 PM

        Have you tried Ranch House Meats in RSM??

        Otherwise there are two 99 Ranch Markets in Irvine (on @ Jeffrey & Walnut, the other on Culver @ Barranca). I'd also call the Persian markets in the area: Mission Ranch Market (one on Los Alisos bet. Trabuco & Jeronimo; a newer one on Marguerite @ Trabuco) + International Market (across form the Home Depot, off Marguerite, No. of Saddleback College) + Jordan Market (Alicia & Hon; just off the 5 Fwy.)

        Good luck and post back. I'm up for one as well.

        Ranch House Meats
        30092 Santa Margarita Pky, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

        1. homecook1950 RE: junglekitte Jun 10, 2009 08:33 PM

          Pork shoulder with skin on at Smart and Final. Google for location in OC.

          1. junglekitte RE: junglekitte Jun 12, 2009 12:55 PM

            Thanks for the advice everyone! I have tried 99 Ranch and they said they do not carry that (or will order it) but I will stop by Smart and Final, Stater Bros, and Ralphs but I don't ever remember seeing it at Stater Bros or Ralphs as I shop at both stores often. Maybe it's my South OC location that's the problem? lol

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              Allmodcons RE: junglekitte Jun 15, 2009 10:15 PM

              I've bought skin-on shoulder at the SB on El Toro Road in Lake Forest as well at the one on Redhill in Tustin.

              Could be they only have in quantity when on sale, I suppose.

              Hope you find it!

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              mangetoutoc RE: junglekitte Jun 15, 2009 09:57 PM

              If you are still needing it, I seem to remember getting pork shoulder with the skin on at one of the Vietnamese markets in Westminster, A Chau on Edinger and Magnolia. Granted, I've not been there since moving to LA about a year ago, so you may want to check with them before doing the drive.

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                Allmodcons RE: junglekitte Jun 29, 2009 12:07 PM

                Saw skin-on shoulder the other day at El Toro Road Stater Brothers, $1.39/lb. I think, not the sale price but cheap enough.

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                  junglekitte RE: Allmodcons Jun 29, 2009 12:24 PM

                  Yes! I meant to come back and say thank you soooo much. I called ahead to that Stater Bro's and got a big 10 pounder to cook for fatherĀ“s day pernil. :)

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                    Allmodcons RE: junglekitte Jun 29, 2009 01:09 PM

                    Good news! I was there for butt shoulder roast for carnitas, but noticed the skin-on shoulder was in stock as well. So glad it worked out.

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                      Das Ubergeek RE: junglekitte Jun 29, 2009 04:25 PM

                      Glad you found it. I saw it at H-Mart in Diamond Jamboree in Irvine this weekend (where I was definitely not buying anything as desperately unhealthy as skin-on pork belly with a load of absolutely delicious-looking fat, which definitely was not on sale for a mind-bending $1.79 a pound, nope, not even a little bit).

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                        Allmodcons RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 29, 2009 04:38 PM

                        Hee I DID succumb to pork belly, curing as we speak in preparation for David Chang's steamed pork buns, but then it was just $1.49/lb. at 99 Ranch.

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