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Jul 22, 2010 03:55 PM

Where oh where can I find a pork picnic - bone-in, skin-on - to smoke around Silverlake? Oh woe is me.

I've been looking. I went to the Cuban-Spanish market with the butcher over on Chevy Chase in Glendale. They had whole legs - 22-24 lbs, but I'm talking about dinner for four people with a lot, but not that much, leftovers. So I'm looking for 7-9 lbs or thereabouts. I've been to two different Vons - Glendale and Sunset & Virgil, Ralph's, Gelson's even where I asked the butcher, and the previously mentioned Cuban-Spanish market that I forget the name of - Good selection of South American and Spanish canned stuff and sausages, by the way - all to no avail. I was hoping to rub the thing this evening and leave it alone until cooking it on Sunday.

Anyone seen any pork picnics - raw, not precooked and without water injected into them (feh!) - in the vicinity of Silverlake lately?

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  1. haven't seen them, but if you call McCall's Meat and Fish on Hillhurst in Los Feliz, and tell Nathan exactly what you want, he will order it for you.

    McCall's Meat and Fish
    2117 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    1. I haven't but you may want to call the fancy meat place in Los Feliz, McCall I think (?).

      1. Thanks, found it, sort of. I didn't have time to get it ordered and do what I wanted, so I ended up at the Super A market on Cypress Ave. and Division St., not too far from Super King on San Fernando. It's a big, pretty good Mexican market and they had bone in, pork picnics, not covered in skin as I had hoped, but it will suffice. And at 99 cents a pound, it can't be beat.

        1. Super King in Glassell Park on San Fernando sells Farmer John picnics at a very good price. Their butchers are not bad for the type of market it is.

          1. For future reference, I'm in Orange County, but I've found them often at both Albertson's and Stater Bros.