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Jan 26, 2010 12:32 PM

Boston Butt

Can anyone tell me what part of the cow is the Boston Butt cut? Yes, I do know that for pork, it's the rear of the shoulder...

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  1. I believe boston butt is pork (front shoulder)

    1. Called the "butt" because it's the end that adjoins - butts up against - the rest of the pig. I have never in my life seen or heard this term used for beef. The only odd name I know of for beef shoulder is "shoulder clod", whose exact location I would have to look up on some chart that is in none of my books. If someone is calling a cut of beef "Boston butt" I'd assume it's not just a jocular reference to rump roast... ;-)

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      1. re: Will Owen

        I looked it up and apparently Boston Butt (in reference to Beef) is, indeed, a rump cut and is commonly roasted. I've never heard of this before so I wanted to see if anyone else had... look at this particular recipe:

        1. re: foxburger

          I think they mean "either, or"in that recipe, shoulder clod is just that. It's a whole shoulder from the slaughterhouse sent out to retailers for breaking down into other stuff for retail sale.

          1. re: foxburger

            "I looked it up and apparently Boston Butt (in reference to Beef) is, indeed, a rump cut..." Ha! I was making a silly joke! Okay, that'll learn me...

        2. Boston butt is also called picnic shoulder depend on where you are in the country

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          1. re: flylice2x

            I would argue with you - I live in Richmond, VA, and a boston butt is a different piece of meat than a picnic shoulder, when I look at them in the grocery store. A picnic shoulder looks like an unsmoked ham, IMHO, and a boston butt is different altogether.

            1. re: flylice2x

              A Boston Butt and a Picnic are the two components of a pork shoulder...Left intact it is a Shoulder....Separated, the top portion becomes a Boston Butt...The lower portion a Picnic....HTH