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Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder for Fresh Sausage in South Shore burbs?

Jonathan Steven Sep 8, 2010 03:04 PM

I'm occasionally in Boston/Cambridge and I wouldn't mind picking some up there on an errand, but I do most of my shopping at suburban farmers markets and the supermarkets available to me here... Roche Brothers, Whole Foods, Shaws, S&S, BJs, Costco. I have yet to find Pork Shoulder at any of these locations. Any suggestions????

  1. CocoDan Sep 9, 2010 08:28 AM

    On the "South Shore", I'd recommend trying Previte's in Weymouth. Not far off Route 3, Exit 15. Outstanding meat market and more. If they don't have it, they'll get it for you.

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      LStaff Sep 9, 2010 07:42 AM

      I'm not a member, but I understand that BJ's carries shoulder on the regular, no?

      I have been starting to see it offered at the Waltham Costco too - but not always available. I believe the country ribs at Costco is just shoulder that is cut into strips - which would be ok if you are making sausage I would think.

      I would inquire with the butcher at one of these places since they usually have the best prices for meat.

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      1. re: LStaff
        spicyivan Sep 10, 2010 07:34 PM

        If you ring the butchers behind the glass at the Waltham Costco, they'll bring out shoulder, typically a 2-pack, totaling 15-16 pounds. Their case price is cheap, like $1.29/pound.

        1. re: spicyivan
          bizkat Sep 11, 2010 12:51 PM

          Do you know if it's the Boston Butt part of the shoulder?

          1. re: bizkat
            spicyivan Sep 11, 2010 05:31 PM

            yes - I should mention that it is boneless, which makes it an even better deal, though I actually prefer to smoke bone-in to get more flavor in the center.

            1. re: spicyivan
              bizkat Sep 27, 2010 12:45 PM

              Bought the 2-pack at the Costco in Avon. I smoked one over the weekend and the pulled pork came out great. Only problem being boneless was it was kinda loose in shape. I guess I could have tied it before smoking. Thanks for the tip.

      2. m
        Madrid Sep 9, 2010 05:00 AM

        within the last year or so, I've noticed it's usually available at the river st whole foods in cambridge as well as the original bread and circus location in cambridge. called boston butt.

        1. dmullin699 Sep 8, 2010 09:03 PM

          Brockton Whlesale Provision is on Route 27 just over the Abington line.
          Sausages to order, all manner of pork and beef done beautifully.
          Lithuanian Kielbasa is a specialty.
          Good luck.

          1. StriperGuy Sep 8, 2010 04:36 PM

            If they don't stock it, which most do, ANY supermarket with a few days notice will order pork shoulder for you. Keep in mind it is (depending on which part of the shoulder) also called pork butt, Boston Butt, Pork Shoulder, Pork Picnic, etc. Seriously I am astonished that you can't find it at any of the above.

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            1. re: StriperGuy
              Spike Sep 9, 2010 07:03 AM

              FYI, butt is *not* shoulder even though technically it is there...butchers call the arm part the "shoulder". Shoulder is quite a bit more chewy...char siu (chinese BBQ pork) is best made w/ the butt :-)

              1. re: Spike
                StriperGuy Sep 9, 2010 07:25 AM

                Here is a good breakout of cuts. Any of these would be good for sausage...


            2. t
              T.Clark Sep 8, 2010 04:34 PM

              Johnathan, the butcher is your friend! I can tell by the Roche reference that you probably live near Marshfield. Butt/Shoulder is not a very desirable cut for the average shopper, especially around here. Making sausage around here is akin to making a Spacecraft. Any butcher at any local bitchery (sp), including Roche Bro should happily get you a butt/shoulder. S&S, Shaws, Hanford (Kingston), Foodies (Dux) or Roche can order it with a days notice. A short drive from you for a more personal experience I'd recommend (unfortunatly Marsfield lacks butchers) Previte's in Weymouth, Tedeschi's in Norwell (no relation anymore). Butt.....(pun intended) two old school butchers in Plymouth that would be thrilled to help, especially if they knew your intent, would be Piantedosi's on Court St., or Al at Perry's Market just a block away.

              I'm more shocked you found intestines!!

              Remember, butchers are always gruff at first so engage them with you enthusiasm.

              1. c
                Chocomom Sep 8, 2010 03:28 PM

                I know for a fact that you can get it in the south shore at least the pork shoulders.

                I pick them up when I make pernil. I've gotten them at Trucchi's in Abington, Stop & Shop in Whitman & Braintree. If you don't mind the trek, I know Price Rite in Brockton has them all the time too.

                1. PinchOfSalt Sep 8, 2010 03:09 PM

                  I am surprised you are not finding it at BJ's. The two BJ locations that I frequent (Waltham and Stoneham) almost always have it. You might want to speak to the meat manager at your local BJ's and see if he/she can get one for you if they do not regularly stock them.

                  If you find yourself traveling near a Market Basket (yes, I know, they do not do the South Shore), they always have boneless Boston Butt.

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