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Where to buy whole pork shoulders on West side in LA

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I need to buy 3 or 4 whole pork shoulders for a westside bbcue? Any suggestions where I should go?

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  1. Costco often does. Just ask a meat guy, since they aren't out in the display cases.

    1. Smart & Final if there's one on the West side.

      1. If by "whole shoulder" you're looking for the cut that includes the butt and the shank (i.e. the upper shoulder and the forearm sections), usually skin on - this is difficult to find at retail in L.A. Boston Butt you can find all day long. Smart & Final is a likely suspect, as is Costco. They're usually de-boned, two per cryovac package at Costco.

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        1. re: Professor Salt

          agreed re: cut. in addition to costco, SnF....there is also top valu market on inglewood ave (a few blocks south of culver blvd) in culver city.

        2. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "whole". But if you are looking for a 5-8 lb. bone-in pork shoulder, commonly referred to as a "picnic shoulder", you can find that cut in just about any meat market or supermarket that caters to a Latino clientele. They should be available at Food 4 Less or ...

          Sanchez Meat Co
          4525 Inglewood Blvd. Culver City
          (310) 391-3640

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          1. re: Sam D.

            I second Carniceria Sanchez

            1. re: Sam D.

              Sorry for not being clear -- guess I am using southern terminology - but whole means the the whole bone in shoulder using weighing about 7-9 pounds with bone and is cut off right at or near shank - and thansk for all the great advice

              1. re: porkchampnc

                I have purchased such a beast at Carniceria Sanchez. Really Good too. Turned it in to Several Porchetta Roasts

            2. Depending on how "west" your westside is, Vicente Foods on San Vicente in Brentwood can get you virtually any cut you want. Agree with all the comments about the type of cut you're looking for.

              1. I bought a case of butts at Snf (Cash n Carry) last weekend, .99 per pound.

                Talked to my local meat guy at Costco, they don't put them out but will sell you butts if you ask for them.

                Lots of good butts out there!!!